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    Hives and Honeybees in Signs and Symbols

      Frank Alston

    An interesting insight into the illustrative importance of bee symbols throughout the world. "It is almost with some reverence that we acknowledge the value to man over the years of the honeybee. This value cannot be over-estimated, nor can we fail to be fascinated by the community life of the honeybee. Down the years many myths and superstitions, from many…

    Beeswax Alchemy

      Petra Ahnert

    Create Natural beeswax products - candles, soap, balms, salves and home decor for health and home. "This is the book I've been waiting thirty years for. Excellent instructions. Bountiful information. Beautifully done". (Kim Flottum, Editor Bee Culture Magazine).

    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…

    Beekeeping Study Notes. Modules 5, 6, 7 & 8

      John D. Yates

      B. D. Yates

    These notes cover Modules 5 - 8 of the BBKA Examinations. John & Dawn Yates have provided within one cover, all the details required in the syllabus of each module for examination purposes, in order to minimise the cost of purchasing the many books required to seek out the necessary information. Hopefully everything that is likely to appear in an…

    Beekeeping Study Notes for the BBKA Microscopy Examination

      John D. Yates

      B. D. Yates

    This is the only single volume that covers all aspects of the syllabus for this examination. This Third Edition published in 2014 has a contents list which is based upon the existing syllabus. As such it is a very necessary text for all those interested in sitting the examination and will also prove helpful for all interested in microscopy.

    The Biology of the Honey Bee

      Mark Winston

    One of the great books of the last 50 years. An update on the works of Ribbans and Free, this title should be on the bookshelf of all beekeepers. A very readable volume. From ancient cave paintings of honey bee nests to modern science’s richly diversified investigation of honey bee biology and its applications, the human imagination has long been…

    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"…

    Microscopy. First Steps into a Secret World

      Roy Winsby

    Microscopy, First Steps into a Secret World is a short guide to the purchase and use of the microscope by the then Hon. Secretary of The Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society. Recommended for those who intend to make use of a microscope in their beekeeping activities.

    The Principles of Bee Improvement

      Jo Widdicombe

    Jo Widdicombe, B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science, has been beekeeping for over 30 years and has been a member of BIBBA for more than 25 years, serving on the BIBBA Committee. Jo worked as a Seasonal Bee Inspector for 5 years and is a Bee Farmer in Cornwall running over 100 colonies. "The Principles of Bee Improvement" offers a practical approach…

    The Ethics of Beekeeping

      John Whitaker

    This book tries to set out where, in beekeeping, there are ethical choices to be made. The choices are complicated as they impinge not just on the beekeeper, but also on the welfare of the bees, other beekeepers and society in general. Due to the very nature of ethical choices, there will be contradictions and counter arguments. This is not…

    A Manual of Beekeeping

      E. B. Wedmore

    For over 70 years Wedmore's Manual has been the reference book of choice for answers to all practical beekeeping questions. This updated reprint, with contributions from an eminent panel of contributors is one that all serious beekeeper should have on their bookshelf.

    Observation Hives

    How To Set Up, Maintain And Use a Window to the World of Honey Bees

      Thomas Webster

      Dewey Caron

    Observation hives have fascinated people since they were first invented. This book explains for the first time, in detail, how to set up, maintain and use an observation hive in nearly any location. It also goes into great detail on how to use an observation hive as a teaching tool in nature centres, school rooms, museums and other educational sites.

    Farming for the Landless

    New Perspectives on the Cultivation of our Honeybee

      Sarah Waring

    Devastating honeybee losses have resulted in rallying calls to ‘save our bees’. Media interest and a multitude of campaigns have raised public awareness and yet also reinforced popular myths. Concern for bees is high, but what might it mean to consider the conservation of a farmed creature? Informative and thought-provoking, Farming for the Landless travels from the intensive agriculture of…

    Honeybee Veterinary Medicine

    Apis mellifera L.

      Nicolas Vidal-Naquet

    This book provides an overview of bee biology, diseases, parasites, (with a large part dedicated to the mite Varroa destructor) pests and veterinary treatment and actions relating to be health. Current topics such as climate change, crop pollination antibiotic resistance and Colony Collapse Disorder are also covered. While aimed at veterinary practitioners, this volume will be beneficial to beekeepers, and…

    Producing Royal Jelly

      Ronald F. van Toor

    This book is an essential manual for beekeepers wishing to increase their knowledge of bees and to add another income stream to their activities. Whether you own one or thousands of beehives, this manual will take you step by step through the royal jelly production process, covering in detail: Why bees produce Royal jelly, therapeutic uses of the product, detailed…

    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…

    Two Million Blossoms. Discovering the Medical Benefits of Honey

      Joe Traynor

    This volume, the sub title of which is Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey deals with honey and its health giving benefits from ancient civilisations until the advent of antibiotics together with the uses of honey in wound care. The book is intended as a guide to its benefits, based on historical research and the published results of laboratory experiments,…

    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…

    Honey Bee Nutrition and Feeding

    In the Temperate / Continental Climate of The Northern Hemisphere

      Zbigniew Lipiński

    This book provides a general description of honey bee nutrition in temperate / continental climate of the northern hemisphere. The text is based on a substan­tial body of contemporary research taken from the subject literature (over 1350 references) and the author's own experience gathered over 40 years of working with bees. This (over 400 pages) book came about after 40…

    Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers

      Bob Maurer

    "Essential reading for any beekeeper exploring the world of microscopy. Clear, concise and practical." - Celia Davis BSc NDB, Author: The Honey Bee Inside Out & The Honey Bee Around and About. "An invaluable step-by-step overview of the microscopy tasks candidates may be required to perform or discuss in the British Beekeepers' Association assessments." John Hendrie - Past Secretary, British…

    Pollen Microscopy

      Norman John Chapman

    Pollen is fascinating material for anyone interested in looking down a microscope, or discovering where their bees have been foraging. The variety of sizes and shapes gives clues as to the ingenious ways plants utilise the weather and insect behaviour to deliver pollen to its intended destination. This second edition of the book shares techniques on successful microscopy accompanied by…

    Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives

    A complete guide to apiculture

      de Layens

    Best Book Award National Agricultural Society, France Learn natural beekeeping from Europe's foremost beekeeping authority. Georges de Layens, inventor of the world's most popular horizontal hive, shares a lifetime of experience on how to: • get started in simplified beekeeping • choose the best hive model for you & your bees • manage your hives with just two visits per…

    The Behaviour and Social Life of Honeybees

    With a new foreword by Prof. Thomas D. Seeley

      Ronald Ribbands

    This book is a comprehensive review designed to meet the needs of scientists, beekeepers and all readers who are interested in the natural history of insects. It is written in everyday English without scientific jargon. The author particularly emphasises the most recent researches, including surprising results which have hitherto only been described in scientific journals. In addition, many interesting experiments…

    Managing Bee Health

    A Practical Guide for Beekeepers

      John Carr

    The crucial role that bees play in the Earth's ecosystem is well known. Over the last decades a dramatic decrease in bee health has been seen on a global scale. This deterioration is seen on a global scale in both domestic and wild bees, precipitating a wider ecological impact. Veterinarians, animal scientists and bee husbandry specialists increasingly need to be…

    Keeping Bees With a Smile

    A vision and practice of natural apiculture

      Fedor Lazutin

    Are you a beginner curious about bees, or a practicing beekeeper looking for natural alternatives that work? This book is for you! Fedor Lazutin, one of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers; shares an approach that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. Discover his unique insights on how to: • keep bees naturally without interfering in their lives; •…

    Beeswax Crafting

    With Craft Contributions by Margo Barraclough, Michael Bossom & Elizabeth Duffin

      Robert Berthold Jr.

    Beeswax is Nature's wax. Humans have found countless ways to use beeswax – from candles to cosmetics, from batik to encaustic painting. Here is a book for both the beekeeper and the craftsperson. Learn how to process and use beeswax for your personal use, or for sale. Dr. Robert Berthold Jr, is well-known for his range of experience with beeswax,…

    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…