General Recollection

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    Letters to a Beekeeper

      Steve Benbow

      Alys Fowler

      Fowler, A

    This is the charming story of how gardener Alys Fowler learned to keep bees, and urban beekeeper Steve Benbow learned to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. It is a rule-breaking, wildlife-friendly, honey-dripping record of the trials and joys of working with - rather than against - nature.

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping, Volume 2

      Ormond and Harry Aebi

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping is an erudite handbook of the complex art of beekeeping. The authors have a rare ability to combine literature and beekeeping skills. People, bees and experience are woven into a delightful tale of what beekeeping is all about - Gleanings in Bee Culture. The Aebi's have an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for…

    Mastering the Art of Beekeeping, Volume 1

      Ormond and Harry Aebi

    All beekeepers, novices and old-timers alike, will profit from the Aebi's insights. It might take the average beekeeper several lifetimes to discover the natural wisdom and effective methods that these men have poured so generously into this book and the companion volume - Organic Gardening. The Aebi's have an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the most wildflower…

    Buckets of Honey from Boxes of Bees

      Ken Pickles

    Ken Pickles , the Wharfedale Beekeeper has written a wide ranging text reviewing his beekeeping philosophy and the underlying reasons for their success. Certainly a must for any Yorkshireman. It recalls Summer evening sitting by his hives, the lure of the craft and all that it is associated with.

    Nudge Nudge, Hint Hint

      John D. Yates

    John Yates wrote a series of monthly articles for the Plymouth Branch of the Devon Beekeepers' Association during the period August 1989 - October 1992. These were published as a most successful book later in 1992. The volume is full of wise advice and beekeeping insight which while written for the micro-climate around Plymouth can be applied anywhere in Great…

    Bee Time. Lessons from the Hive

      Mark Winston

    Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. Bee Time"…

    A Bee in my Bonnet

    Obsessions of a beekeeper

      Louise Westwood

    After a distinguished academic career, Dr Westwood retired as lecturer at the University of Sussex and became a beekeeper. This insightful and amusing account of bee-fever will strike a cord with all beekeepers. It is full of colour photographs not only about beekeeping but also of honey bees and other pollinators on flowers with a discussion regarding the choices bees…

    Bee-Master Revisited

    The Autobiography of George Wakeford with further biographical commentary by Geoffrey Lawes

      George Wakeford

    Northern Bee Books have sponsored this revised autobiography of George Wakeford BEM, a locally celebrated Master Beekeeper. His uncanny expertise in the handling of bees and his service to hundreds of novices and clients earned him a reputation as a country genius not only among his fellow beekeepers but also with 'lay' persons, journalists, local historians and TV producers alike. With…

    Manuka, The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey

      Cliff Van Eaton

    Not so long ago, in a small island nation in the South Pacific, beekeepers produced a most peculiar honey. It was much darker than clover honey everyone put on their toast in the morning, and it tasted very different. In fact the honey was a problem: it was hard to get out of the combs, and even harder for beekeepers…

    The Bad Beekeepers Club

    How I stumbled into the Curious World of Bees - and became (perhaps) a Better Person

      Bill Turnbull

    So begins Bill Turnbull's charming account of how he stumbled into the mysterious world of beekeeping (sometimes literally). Despite many setbacks - including being stung in the head (twice) on his first day of training - beekeeping somehow taught Bill a great deal about himself and the world around him. At the same time, his story highlights the very real…

    Honey from the Earth

    Beekeeping and Honey Hunting on Six Continents

      Eric Tourneret

      Sylla De Saint Pierre

    The internationally acclaimed honeybee photographer Eric Tourneret spent fifteen years traveling the world to capture the awe-​instilling diversity of bees and beekeeping traditions on six continents. His fascination with the bees and the richness of human culture led to the creation of the most stunning collection of bee photography ever produced, complemented by the writing of his spouse Sylla de…

    Mead and Honey Wines

    A Comprehensive Guide

      Michael Badger

    This is a comprehensive guide to the many aspects of meads and honey wines available for the mead vintner, written by a leading authority on the topic. The author describes every aspect of the process from the varieties of honeys, their characteristics and qualities for the production of a superior wine; the yeasts types available; to the various methods of…

    Mary Bumby

    The First Person To Take Honey Bees To New Zealand

      Anne Middleditch

      David F. Bumby

    This is the remarkable story of Mary Bumby who was the first person to take honeybees to New Zealand. When, in 1838, her brother, John, was appointed as superintendent missionary at the Mangungu Mission House in New Zealand she decided to accompany him to look after him and act as his housekeeper. Because John liked honey Mary took with her…

    Honey Farming

      R.O.B. Manley

    'Honey farming is a grand job for those who love bees and are interested in producing something from the land; who are hard workers and able to enjoy country life in all weathers. I have been at it for a long while, and my one regret is that I did not start with bee farming when I was twenty instead…

    The Bee Book Book

    A Manual for Collectors

      Geoffrey Lawes

    A quite excellent and very readable account of the ‘how’ the ‘why’ and the ‘worth’ of bee book collection. Geoff Lawes has written a book based on a lifetime of collecting bee books of great value to bibliophiles. He describes clearly the necessary approaches to a collection, the value of editions and condition. A manual for bee book collectors explaining…