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    Beekeeping for Gardeners

    The complete step-by-step guide to keeping bees in your garden

      Richard Rickitt

    'A visually captivating guide, essential for all bee enthusiasts and garden lovers.' Jekka McVicar, award-winning herb garden designer and author 'Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated - this is surely the garden bee bible.' Dr George McGavin, entomologist, broadcaster and author Beekeeping has changed. While once it was a hobby that pursued the rich rewards of honey and wax, many beekeepers…

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    HONEYBEE DISEASES

      Paddy G. Walker

    This book is a comprehensive view of the breadth of different honeybee diseases. Each disease is covered by: • Classification • Biology • Transmission • Symptoms • How to identify the disease • Impact on the colony • Advice on mitigation In its own right this has required a significant amount of research. AI has helped to detail the content…

    The Yellow-Legged Asian Hornet

    A Handbook

      Sarah Bunker

    Yellow-legged Asian hornets cause three important problems for humans: they love eating bees, especially honey bees; if you get too close to a nest they can be very aggressive; and they are voracious predators of our native insects. There has been much research since I published the first edition in 2019. This updated and expanded version is divided into three…

    Healthy Bees, Heavy Hives

    How to maximise your honey crop

      Steve Donohoe

      Paul Horton

    Following on from Honey Farming by R.O.B. Manley (1946), and Honey By The Ton by Oliver Field (1983), Steve Donohoe and Paul Horton have produced a stunning book on beekeeping today, with a focus on increasing honey production. Clear diagrams and beautiful photographs complement a relaxed writing style which is both enjoyable and informative to read. Paul is a successful…

    Summer Brood Interruption for Vital Honey Bee Colonies

    Towards sustainable Varroa control using biotechnical methods

      Aleksander Uzunov

      Martin Gabel

      Ralph Büchler

    The parasitic varroa mite remains the most serious problem for honey bee colonies worldwide. Despite various chemical treatments, many beekeepers still lose their colonies each year. This book sets out the authors' novel vision and practical steps on to how to manage bees for varroa control using a "nature­ based beekeeping" approach. With clear step-by-step charts on what to do…

    Honey Bee Pests and Diseases

    A complete guide to prevention and management

      Robert Owen

      Jean-Pierre Y. Scheerlinck

      Mark Stevenson

    Written by three scientists with extensive beekeeping experience, and suitable for both hobby and professional beekeepers, this is the essential reference for diagnosing and managing honey bee diseases and maintaining honey bee health. Detailed chapters, illustrated with numerous photographs and diagrams, cover: • integrated pest management (1PM) • Varroa • viruses • brood diseases • adult diseases • mites and…

    In Pursuit of Liquid Gold

      Rob Ogden

    In Pursuit of Liquid Gold tells tells the fascinating story of the earliest beginnings of beekeeping in South West England with special mention of monastries, weather protection and the beekeepers of the past. It also includes details of surviving bee boles with a very detailed list of them in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. There are 9 colour pictures and,…

    Common Bees of Western North America

      Olivia Messenger Carril

      Joseph S. Wilson

    A PORTABLE, FULL-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE MOST COMMONLY SEEN BEES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADA. Bees play a vitally important role in the pollination of native plants and agricultural crops around the globe. These stunningly beautiful insects come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. There are more than 3,000 species in western North America,…

    Honey Bee Biology

      Brian R. Johnson

    "Honey Bee Biology will become the new definitive textbook for entomology courses, research scientists, science writers, and scientists interested in bees as a model system. Beekeeping teachers and keen students will buy this book as will the curious beekeeper just wanting to learn new things and be a better beekeeper." Ann Chilcott. Scottish Expert Beemaster and author (BBKA News Incorporating The…

    Roman Bee Lore

      L. E. Snelgrove

    REVIEW by Michael Freedman FCA, FPFS " Snelgrove was a school master and bee inspector for Somerset, he gained a MSc for research into bee diseases in 1920 and a MA in 1922 for Beekeeping in Roman Times, and was a life member of the BBKA and a past president. As a classicist, it enabled him to read the ancient…

    How do Bees (And Humans) See Grey Levels?

    Intuitive, logical, and anti-intuitive explanations for some curious observations

      Adrian Horridge

    Since the nineteenth century there have been many descriptions of bees' ability to discriminate coloured papers, but it is less well known that they can be trained to come to a grey target showing no colour. From their recognition of grey, and ability to discriminate light grey from dark grey, and from white and black, von Frisch concluded that bees…

    A Colour Guide to Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee

    English / Deutsch / Française

      William Kirk

    Includes an explanation of the colour charts in English / Deutsch / Française This pollen book is a unique resource with worldwide demand. Beekeepers everywhere are fascinated by the sources of pollen brought back to the hive by their bees. Being able to identify the plants producing this pollen is the key to unlocking important information about bee forage in…

    Heredity in Honey Bees

    And in Honey Bee Colonies

      Bernard Sauvager

    A drone dies after mating. Nonetheless, his sperm will later transmit 100% of his genes to each of his daughters. A queen, on the other hand, because her egg is produced by cell division, will only transmit 50% of her genes to each of her offspring. To add to the complexity of honey bee genetics, a queen will mate with…

    Bees of the World

    A Guide to Every Family

      Laurence Packer

    A beautifully illustrated introduction to the incredible variety of bees from around the world (Hardback). When many people think of bees, they are likely to picture the western domesticated honey bee, insects that live in large, socially complex societies inside a hive with a single queen and thousands of workers. But this familiar bee is just one of more than…

    Using Apideas

    How to set up and manage Apideas for mating honey bee queens

      Dan Basterfield

    Queen raising is one of the most rewarding aspects of beekeeping, allowing beekeepers to propagate the desirable characteristics of their best colonies throughout their apiaries. Father and son commercial beekeepers Ken and Dan Basterfield, both holders of the National Diploma in Beekeeping, have been using Apideas to raise their own queens for forty years. Here they present the tips and…

    A Guide to the Safe Removal of Honey Bee Colonies from Buildings

      Clive A. Stewart

      Stuart A. Roberts

    The general public are becoming more aware of the plight of ‘bees’. This is, more accurately, the plight of pollinating insects. Dave Goulson, in his book, (see Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse) has called it the ‘Insect Apocalypse’ and this has meant that many people now believe honey bees to be a protected species. The term ‘bees’ in this…

    Capitalist Agriculture and The Global Bee Crisis

      Rebecca Ellis

    Capitalist agriculture relies heavily on the pollination work of bees, but this system harms bees in innumerable ways. Indeed, human agriculture is one of the main culprits for the declining populations of wild bees and the declining health of honeybees. This book presents a political ecology of pollination that critically examines how managed honey bees and wild bees are harmed…

    How Flying Bees Pilot

    And other Arthropod Wonders

      Adrian Horridge

    In the visual system of the honeybee, feature detectors for the amount of blue and distribution of green vertical edges were slowly revealed over the past century, as outlined in a companion booklet (Horridge, 2021). The method was to train bees on one of many targets and then test the trained bees until they failed when the last remaining cue…

    Notes for New Beekeepers

      Bill Cadmore

    Bill Cadmore was born and raised in a tiny village on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. He moved to London for university studies and then on to post-graduate work at the University of Leeds. As a teacher of Biology and Physics he went onto become a senior leader in a large comprehensive school in Leeds. Working with other schools, colleges and workplaces…

    Splitting Colonies

    For the Small-Scale Beekeeper

      David MacFawn

    Splitting Colonies is an important means of colony increase and swarming mitigation. Splitting is an art as much as a science. It should be noted splitting timing will vary year to year based on the local weather and conditions. This book contains information on when to split based on when the nectar flow starts in your area. Several splitting methods…

    Communication Between Honeybees

    More than Just a Dance in the Dark

      Jürgen Tautz

    How Do Bees Find Flowers? During the history of bee research, scientists have peered deep into the inner life of bee colonies and learned much about the behaviour of these insects. Above all, the bee waggle dance has become a famous and extensively discussed phe­nomenon. Nevertheless, recent insights reveal that while bees are social insects inside the hive they also…

    Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping

    Third Edition (Hardback)

      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…

    New Approaches to the Archaeology of Beekeeping

      David Wallace-Hare

    New Approaches to the Archaeology of Beekeeping aims to take a holistic view of beekeeping archaeology (including honey, wax, and associated products, hive construction, and participants in this trade) in one large interconnected geographic region, the Mediterranean, central Europe, and the Atlantic Façade. Current interest in beekeeping is growing because of the precipitous decline of bees worldwide and the disastrous…

    The Mind of a Bee

      Lars Chittka

    Most of us are aware of the hive mind-the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In The Mind of a Bee, Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue that bees have remarkable cognitive abilities. He shows that they are profoundly smart,…

    100 Plants for Beekeepers

    A brief guide to one hundred plants significant to bees

      Stuart A. Roberts

    Stuart Roberts is a Master Beekeeper, a member of the BBKA Examinations Board and a Trustee of the International Bee Research Association. The volume is a brief guide to one hundred plants significant to honeybees. Photographs are taken by the author during his work with apiaries in the Midland Counties. Each plant is described under the headings: Plant family; Common…

    Hand Pollination in China

    The shadow of the future

      Mariann Fercsik

    Not the normal beekeeping volume, tells little about bees BUT highlights the dangers of losing them. This high quality photographic volume by an ethnographic researcher tells a visual story of the possible dangers facing us all on this planet. Will be of interest, not only to beekeepers, but all with concerns on pesticide usage and global warming. "Hand pollination in…

    The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Opened 1669

    (The English Kitchen)

      Peter Davidson

      Jane Stevenson

    An early book listed in British Bee Bibliography. One of the great works of seventeenth-century culinary literature. Sir Kenelm Digby (1603-1665), was a soldier, sailor, pirate and diplomat; man of letters, bibliophile and collector; alchemist, scientist, philosopher, medical theorist and mathematician; a man of sensibility, a great lover, and a cook. Here was a true Renaissance man, one who John…

    Insectpedia

    A Brief Compedium of Insect Lore

      Eric R. Eaton

    Insectpedia introduces you to the wonders of the insect world while inviting you to make discoveries of your own. Featuring dozens of entries on topics ranging from murder hornets and the “insect apocalypse” to pioneering entomologists such as Margaret James Strickland Collins and Douglas Tallamy, this beautifully illustrasted, pocket-friendly encylopedia dispels many common myths about insects while offering new perspectives…

    A Visual History of the Beehive

      Aladin Borioli

    An artistic project showing how man has housed bees over the centuries. The patenting and success of the modern hive in 1852 largely eliminated diversity in beehive design and its previous techniques have been overlooked. Using an array of archive images, this book uncovers that forgotten history in hive innovation and creates a common ground for future beehive research.

    Food Safety for Beekeepers

    Advice on legal requirements and practical actions

      Andy Pedley

    In this book, Andy (an Environmental Health Officer for 46 years and a beekeeper for 30) explores the Consumer Protection law that applies to beekeepers and bee farmers. The book principally deals with Food and Food Safety, and includes a full HACCP that covers both extracted and comb honey. The book includes other products - Candles, Melts, Wraps and Polishes.…

    Geometry & Colours of Meliponine Brood Cells

    Preliminary Emphasis on Genus Tetragonula

      Abu Hassan Jalil

      David W. Roubik

    This literature is for enthusiasts who have difficulty remembering scientific names but can recognize geometric shapes. A preliminary look at what is termed as the most difficult genus in the Indo-Malaya stingless bee group to identify and differentiate between species by morphology. This book will take the readers on a journey to explore the various aspects of Tetragonula brood structure…

    Indonesian Meliponiculture & Beyond

      Abu Hassan Jalil

      David W. Roubik

    Synopsis: The 3rd instalment in a series of literature on ASEAN Meliponiculture and Beyond, this portion entails the varied and diverse Stingless Bee Fauna in the Indonesian archipelago. We attempt to bridge the different beekeeping and culture methods in hiving, colony acquisition or multiplication, forage provisioning, nest building material sources and regulating extreme weather or local conditions. To address conservation…

    Super Formulas

    How to make more than 300 useful products that contain honey & beeswax

      Elaine C. White

    How to make more than 360 useful products that contain honey and beeswax. Step-by-step directions for making and using each product. Mail order sources listed for all ingredients. Includes patterns for "Honey Bear" and "Worker Bee" stuffed tools. Elaine White is a house-wife and beekeeper who lives in central Mississippi with husband, Wil, and son, John. Her passion for formulas…

    Practical Small Scale Queen Rearing Using The Miller Method

      Lynfa Davies NDB

    Rearing new queens for our colonies is a rewarding and important practice that often gets mis-labelled as too difficult and complicated. This, is simply, not correct and with some planning and attention to detail new queens can be produced at a fraction of the cost that you will pay for them elsewhere. Queen rearing is an organised process where thought…

    Trees and Shrubs Valuable to Bees

      M. F. Mountain

    This list of tables is a sequel to the Association's leaflet "Save our Pollinating Insects"- We have received many enquiries as to how those with opportunities to plant trees and shrubs on public or private land can implement the plea contained in the leaflet to conserve our economically useful pollinators. The books and articles available have proved curiously in-adequate-in assessing…

    Pollen Grains & Honeydew

    A guide for identifying the plant sources in honey

      Margaret Anne Adams

    This book describes, in detail, a simple approach for beekeepers, to identify the plant sources of their own honey. They will occasionally find they have a special honey, and then the jars can be labelled accordingly. From 2019 to 2021, beekeepers from The UK and Continental Europe sent me samples of their honey, and the collection of digital photos from…

    The Native Irish Honey Bee

    Apis mellifera mellifera

      NIHBS

      Thomas D. Seeley

    A collaborative work with contribution from expert beekeepers and scientists throughout Ireland. It contains everything you need to know about the Native Irish Honey Bee - from evolution to genetics and into the future with conservation, and 'how to' sections from commercial beekeepers. Includes a practical section with step by step instructions on queen rearing and bee-breeding techniques. Most beekeeping…

    Honeybees Vision

    Recent Discoveries

      Adrian Horridge

    Professor Adrian Horridge has thoroughly enjoyed a long and productive career in scientific research. At 17 he won a scholarship to St John's College Cambridge, where he spent 10 years, from student to a fellowship, ending in the Zoology Department working with new techniques of recording from nerve cells. Some of this time was spent at the Naples Marine Laboratory…

    Malaysian Meliponiculture & Beyond

    Inc. Stingless Bee Conservation

      Abu Hassan Jalil

      David W. Roubik

    This is the second instalment of the "Meliponiculture and Beyond" Series. It covers the meliponiculure activities and the spectral produce from stingless beekeepers and conservationists efforts in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia on Borneo Island. Scrutinizing the regional stingless bee fauna and floral diversity with crop pollination potentials. The prospects of highland Stingless Beekeeping is examined with the establishment of…

    The Teaching Apiary

    A Brilliant Resource

      Roger Patterson

    This book provides help and information for all beekeepers. For BKA officials, demonstrators and apiary managers there is guid­ance to set up a facility if none exists, with suggestions for improv­ing apiaries already in existence. The ordinary beekeeper who is keen to learn has an indication of what they should seek to gain from their local teaching apiary. There is…

    Honey Show Classes

    A guide for competitors, organisers and judges

      John Goodwin

    This book has been written as a guide for everyone involved with honey shows, be it organising, exhibiting or judging. If on the day of the show the book has helped to achieve successful organisation, high standards of exhibiting, well-written and unambiguous honey show schedules, increased interest in honey shows, and more applicants for the BBKA Show Judge certificate, the…

    Crop Pollination by Bees, Volume 1

    Evolution, Ecology, Conservation, and Management

      Keith S. Delaplane

    Since the second half of the 20th Century, our agricultural bee pollinators have faced mounting threats from ecological disturbance and pan-global movement of pathogens and parasites. At the same time, the area of pollinator-dependent crops is increasing globally with no end in sight. Never before has so much been asked of our finite pool of bee pollinators. This book not…

    Honeybee Anatomy Brought to Life

      Graham Kingham

    This book uses photo essays to set out and display the anatomy, internal, external of the honeybee with over 350 detailed micrographs, together with slide images and drawings. Pests and other additional hive activities are also included. It will appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating insect and be particularly valuable to beekeepers studying for their British Beekeepers Association Module…

    Common Bees of Eastern North America

      Olivia Messenger Carril

      Joseph S. Wilson

    The only portable full-color photographic guide to the most commonly seen bees east of the Mississippi River. "An excellent resource for anyone interested in learning about bees in eastern North America. There really isn't any other book like this." Sheila R. Colla, coauthor of Bumble Bees of North America Bees play a vitally important role in the pollination of native plants…

    Having Healthy Honeybees

    The Beekeeping & science (2nd Edition)

      John McMullan

    TO VIEW THE CONTENTS CLICK HERE There has been a change in the beekeeping environment since the first edition in 2012. Today there is a heightened concern about global warming, the natural environment, biodiversity and the need to be guided by science. Among beekeepers there is a greater awareness of these issues with a shift towards sustainable beekeeping; locally-adapted colonies,…

    Good Nutrition, Good Bees

      David Aston

      Sally Bucknall

    The importance of pollinator species to man’s survival and the functioning of the world’s ecosystems is recognised. Environmental and other stressors have taken their toll on many pollinator species and their abundance. The European Honey bee (Apis mellifera) and man have had a long mutually beneficial relationship and it is vital that this continues. Like all organisms, honey bees need…

    Plant Trees, Sow Seeds, Save the Bees

    Simple ways to bee-friendly

      Nicola Bradbear

    Our Stripey Friends Need You!  Foreword by Kate Humble. Bees, hoverflies and even wasps are essential for keeping us, and our planet, alive ... but they're in danger.  Discover the ways you can help them thrive -from learning what to plant in your garden, patch or pots, to setting up a bee hotel.  Use the beautiful spotter's guide to help differentiate…