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    Bee Hive to Beekeeper & Bee Space to Bee Hive

    A Special Offer: Pre-Publication offer of £40 for both volumes

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    Bee Hive to Beekeeper: Bees, beekeeping organisations, authors and research. The companion to Bee Space to Bee Hive, is expected mid-September. This book covers the introduction and development of bee strains to the UK, followed by details of the oldest UK beekeeping journal, a major beekeeping equipment supplier and important beekeeping organisations. Groundbreaking research into mating, parthenogenesis, bee behaviour, pheromones…

    Russian Honey Bees

    With a foreword by Benjamin Oldroyd

      Thomas E. Rinderer

      Steven E. Coy

    Russian Honey Bees are a stock of honey bees that were bred to be resistant to Varroa mites and have good beekeeping functionality for both honey production and pollination. This book describes the project to produce the Russian honey bee stock, conducted over 20 years of work by the combined efforts of scientists and beekeepers. Practical information on the management…

    Bee Space to Bee Hive

    Hives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods

      Andrew Gibb

      Ann Harman

    "This book provides a fascinating insight into how beehives, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping methods have developed over the centuries. Lengthy observation enabled the discovery of the importance of bee space by Revd LL Langstroth, and after this discovery the ingenuity of many beekeepers has solved numerous problems associated with colony management. The evolution of ideas and creations by many well…

    Honey-Maker

    How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does

      Rosanna L. Mattingly

    Your Guide to One of the Most Amazing Species on the Planet Today! Established along with European settlers, honey bees are an essential part of the American landscape. Yet, how do we define a honey bee? And how does the honey bee accomplish the many tasks that aid not only the survival of the colony but our own as well?…

    Bee Optimism (Paperback)

    Translational Research Can Rescue Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

      Jay D. Evans

    Jay is an imaginative bee scientist who communicates clearly using every-day language. His book is an absorbing, provocative, entertaining and uplifting read. Scientific research sometimes produces information that is difficult to take advantage of in practice; until later translational research fills the gaps enabling us to understand the fuller picture. Thus, we tend to progress in waves as initial frustration…

    The Honey

    Beekeeper, Analysis, Law, Health

      Helmut Horn

      Cord Lüllmann

    Honey is one of nature's most valuable raw materials - and has been for over twelve thousand years. Its constituents are valued in nutrition as well as in medicine and cosmetics. Like no other agricultural product, honey production is in harmony with nature, because the bee depends on an intact environment. This highly topical standard work provides everything about honey:…

    The Insect Garden

    The best plants for bees & bumblebees, butterflies, hoverflies & other insects

      Michael John Seabrook

    Save our insects! This book contains: • Tips on how to have a beautiful, easy to manage garden completely in tune with nature. • Chapters on bees, bumblebees, butterflies and hoverflies and the plants they prefer to visit for pollen and nectar. • Scores for over 520 plants indicating how good they are for insect biodiversity from new research completed…

    Keeping Bees Alive

    Sustainable beekeeping essentials

      Lawrence J. Connor

    In five decades entomologist Dr. Larry Connor has been a university professor, run a bee-breeding program and become established as a key voice in the beekeeping world. He has written dozens of articles for bee journals and a number of books, including Increase Essentials, Bee Sex Essentials, Queen Rearing Essentials, Bee-sentials: A Field Guide, Swarm Essentials (with Steve Repasky), and…

    Honey Bee Drones

    Specialists in the Field

      Graham Kingham

    This book concentrates only on the drone - the male honey bee. It provides details regarding the drone's internal and external anatomy, production and development, behaviour, role in the hive, genetics and more. Copiously illustrated, the book also discusses the latest research updates on drones. Graham Kingham is a retired mechanical quality engineer who keeps a few hives in Devon.…

    Bee Optimism (Hardback)

    Translational Research Can Rescue Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

      Jay D. Evans

    Jay is an imaginative bee scientist who communicates clearly using every-day language. His book is an absorbing, provocative, entertaining and uplifting read. Scientific research sometimes produces information that is difficult to take advantage of in practice; until later translational research fills the gaps enabling us to understand the fuller picture. Thus, we tend to progress in waves as initial frustration…

    Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping

      Dewey Caron

      Lawrence J. Connor

    Since its release in 1999, Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping has become a widely accepted textbook of apiculture. Universities use it to teach college students beekeeping and beekeepers use it to teach other beekeepers. It concentrates on the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ of beekeeping. It explains bee and beekeeping basics in a manner meaningful to people who lack an intensive…

    The Beekeepers Annual 2020

      John Phipps

    Now in its 36th year of publication, the Annual is the longest running Annual in the history of British beekeeping. It serves as a reference source, a diary, a hive record resource (which will prove invaluable throughout the year) and a set of articles guaranteed to entertain and amuse. The perfect stocking filler for the enthusiastic beekeeper.

    Variations on a Beehive

      Patricia Nelson

    "Trish Nelson is to be commended on compiling this brilliant book. Whether you are happy with the type of hive and style of management you use, if you are trying to decide which is best suited to your particular situation and needs, or if you are just plain curious, this book will answer all of your questions and satisfy your…

    The Jefferson Beekeeping Guide

    Whitby Beekeepers Association

      Tony Jefferson

    All three generations of the Jefferson Family from Whitby, North Yorkshire are famed for their beekeeping knowledge and expertise. This 41 page booklet is full of advice and beekeeping knowledge that only long time experience can bring. Northern Bee Books strongly recommends this title. Tony writes in his introduction .. "
You may well gather as you thumb through this "booklet"…

    The Joy of Bees (Translated by Paul Tout)

    Bees as a model of sustainability and beekeeping as an experience involving nature and human history

      Paolo Fontana

    Paolo Fontana's book was first published in Italian in 2017. It has, I understand, sold several thousand copies which is quite remarkable for a specialist book on bees. I have had a career spanning academia, education and publishing. It is not surprising, therefore, that I have done a lot of reading and I love books. Indeed I still add to…

    Crop Pollination by Bees

      Keith S. Delaplane

      Daniel F. Mayer

    The collapse of the ubiquitous honey bee population during the past 20 years has caused a pollination vacuum for many crops. Surveys and grower experience indicate that a crisis exists in our pollinator populations. This book is an accessible, practical and authoritative research-based guide to using bees for crop pollination. It emphasises conserving feral bee populations as well as more…

    The Solitary Bees

    Biology, Evolution, Conservation

      Bryan N. Danforth

      Robert L. Minckley

      John L. Neff

    While social bees such as honey bees and bumble bees are familiar to most people, they comprise less than 10 percent of all bee species in the world. The vast majority of bees lead solitary lives, surviving without the help of a hive and using their own resources to fend off danger and protect their offspring. This book draws on…

    The Healthy Hive Guide

      Dan Basterfield

      Roger Cullum-Kenyon

      Ivor Davis

    This second edition of the Healthy Hive Guide is provided to help both new and experienced beekeepers identify problems within their honey bee hives. Each of the images has a short explanation; however it is clear that not all problems manifest themselves in exactly the same way every time. It is sometimes enough for beekeepers to recognise that they may…

    On the Keeping of Bees

      John Whitaker

    A new edition of a popular handbook by John Whitaker, a Yorkshire beekeeper who is heavily involved in the education of beekeepers. John comments that "beekeeping is the most fascinating and absorbing of pastimes. This book developed from the course that I have presented to new beekeepers at my local association in Yorkshire for several years. One of the joys…

    Honey in Modern Wound Management

      Rose Cooper, Peter Molan and Richard White

    Recent years have seen a reintroduction in the use of honey as a modern wound management product. Records found in the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus tell us that honey was used extensively in Egyptian medicine. This dates back to around 1700 BC, but is thought to contain knowledge from a much earlier era, possibly 3000-2500 BC. In the Ebers Papyrus…

    The Discovery of a Visual System

    The Honeybee

      Adrian Horridge

    In this hardback book, Adrian Horridge sets out the curious and contentious history of how the visual system of the honeybee came to be understood and how, in his view, the current accepted theory is completely wrong. Based on his own meticulous experimental work and historic analysis of past literature over many years, Horridge tells the story of a century…

    Essence and Mechanism of Nest Abandonment by Honeybee Swarms

    Swarming, absconding, migration and related phenomena

      Zbigniew Lipiński

    This hardback book is a new updated edition of the work which was awarded a Gold Medal at the XXXVII Apimondia Congress, Durban 2001. It reviews in great detail the factors responsible for swarming, nest abandonment and related phenomena. This volume is very well researched and listed in its 312 pages over 50 pages of references. Not really suitable for the…

    The Asian Hornet Handbook

      Sarah Bunker

    Around 2004, the Asian or yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) was accidentally imported into southern France from China, and it has spread through western European countries with astonishing speed. Since 2016 there have been incursions into the UK, and these are becoming more frequent as the population on the continent increases in numbers. They could establish themselves in this country…

    American Bee Books. An Annotated Bibliography of Books on Bees and Beekeeping 1492-2010

      Philip A Mason

    This annotated bibliography of American books on bees and beekeeping is the first of its kind. Interest in bees and beekeeping continues to grow in the world. Approximately 3,750 entries are recorded, through which can be traced not only the growth of bee science and beekeeping methods, but also the history of bee­keeping in America. The task of locating and…

    A Book of Honey

      Eva Crane

    Upon her death in 2007, the New York Times acknowledged that Eva Crane wrote some of the most important books on bees and apiculture. A Book of Honey is one of her seminal works and must be on the shelves of anyone who is serious about understanding honey. Not only does it describe how and why bees make honey, but…

    Comb Management

      Wally Shaw

    In a sense the combs in a honey bee nest are an extension of the bees that made them and it is really the bees and combs together that constitute the colony. In fact, the average honey bee worker spends 95% of her life on the combs in the hive. The combs are built to be multi-purpose in the sense…

    The Honey Factory. Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

      Jürgen Tautz

      Diedrich Steen

    Beehives might look like seething anarchy at first glance, but bees know exactly what they are doing. The universe of the beehive is an intricately organised, delicately balanced ecosystem. From the queen to the lowliest worker bees, each bee plays its part in the whole. The Honey Factory plunges the reader into the invisible life of a bee colony and…

    Wisdom for Beekeepers

    500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping

      James E. Tew

    A comprehensive collection of 500 beekeeping tips written by life-long beekeeper Jim Tew. This title covers all aspects of beekeeping including: • Becoming a beekeeper • Beekeeping equipment • The beekeeping year • Getting live bees • Colony management • Honey • Bee by-products • Pollination • Ailments • Bee biology It is  an ideal introductory read for newcomers to…

    The Buzz about Bees, Biology of a Superorganism

    With Photographs by Helga R. Heilmann

      Jürgen Tautz

    With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easily understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honeybees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his own research group, Jürgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees. “Whereas bee colonies were once seen as perfect societies of selfless workers and drones ruled…

    Steve Taber on Beekeeping - BKQ Volume 2

    From the archives of the Beekeepers Quarterly, Volume 2. For a New Generation of Beekeepers

      Steve Taber

    This collection of articles from The Beekeepers Quarterly, over a period of ten years, gather together the words of wisdom by a Great American Beekeeper. There is much that can be learnt from this reading this volume that will improve all beekeeping practice. Researcher, commercial beekeeper and finally bee geneticists - with experience in both America and Europe it was…

    Bees-at-Law

      Noël Sweeney

    Noël Sweeney is a practising barrister who specialises in criminal, human rights and animal law. This volume deals with all aspects of the law concerning bees and beekeepers, drawing upon case history from both UK and American judgements. Bees-at-Law considers the role of bees gauged by the duty and responsibility their owners and beekeepers owe to other people. He lists…

    Vanishing Bees. Science, Politics, and Honeybee Health

      Daniel Kleinman

      Sainath Suryanarayanan

    In 2005, beekeepers in the United States began observing a mysterious and disturbing phenomenon: once-healthy colonies of bees were suddenly collapsing, leaving behind empty hives full of honey and pollen. Over the following decade, widespread honeybee deaths -some of which have come to be called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) -have continued to bedevil beekeepers and threaten the agricultural industries that…

    Understanding Bee Anatomy

    A Full Colour Guide

      Ian Stell

    Understanding Bee Anatomy aims to do two things, to explain the structure of this fascinating insect and, through stunning images, to reveal the intricate detail. Dr Stell has applied his knowledge of the human body in describing the honeybee, system by system. The book starts with a chapter on the developmental stages, showing the internal changes taking place from the…

    Yes! Top Bar Hives

      James Slade

    The author suggests that Top Bar hives offer a gentler way of practicing the craft. "We have a duty to our bees and as beekeepers we must be in the forefront of change for nature, not mere puppets in some commercial enterprise". This volume gives advice on managing colonies in top bar hives and provides notes and illustrations for the…

    The Wisdom of the Hive. The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies

      Thomas D. Seeley

    This book is about the inner workings of one of nature's most complex animal societies: the honey bee colony. It describes and illustrates the results of more than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author. In his investigations, Thomas Seeley suggests the answer to the question of how a colony of bees is organised to gather its…

    Honeybee Democracy

      Thomas D. Seeley

    "Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity's greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organisation. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical…

    Pollen Identification Cards

      William Kirk

    These cards show the colours of pollen loads collected by honey bees. Each month depicts the colours for the plants that are most frequently visited by honey bees. On the reverse of each card is information about the typical flowering duration of each species. Some plants have also been identified as major sources of nectar.

    Some Important Operations in Bee Management

      T. S. K. Johansson

      M. P. Johansson

    This book starts where many books on beekeeping leave off. Each chapter is devoted to a subject of great importance to the beekeeper in getting the best return from his bees. It shows what beekeeping practice and scientific research have found out, all over the world, and gives meticulous directions to the beekeeper based on these findings.

    A Practical guide to Producing Heather Honey

      Tony Jefferson

    The three generations of the Jefferson family, widely known for their famous production of Heather Honey, base their beekeeping on an annual cycle of activities leading up to the anticipation of two weeks decent August weather. Tony fully describes their methods and this small volume is an investment for those who wish to produce this premium quality honey.

    Beekeeping Tips and Topics

      Elbert R. Jaycox

    This is a collection of articles written by Elbert Jaycox for the newsletter Bees & Honey during 1975 - 1981 when he was the beekeeping specialist at the University of Illinois. As you would expect from such an expert it is packed with pearls of wisdom - based on his lifetime experiences or gathered from a wide reading of the…