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Books suitable for those studying for the Module Exams.

The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping.  Ivor Davis & Roger Cullum-Kenyon

If you are just starting to keep bees, or simply want to find out about bees and beekeeping, this authoritative guide provides a complete introduction to starting out as a beekeeper. The book introduces the reader to all areas of beekeeping including the workings of the colony, the structure of the hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and the key events in the beekeeping year, along with answering a number of frequently asked questions such as how to prevent swarming and how often to inspect the hive.

The book is endorsed by the BBKA, covers all aspects of beekeeping for beginners, especially those with no prior knowledge, and has many excellent illustrations.


The Honey Bee Around & About.  Celia F Davis

This is a companion volume to Celia’s first book The Honey Bee Inside Out which covered the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. The Honey Bee Around and About begins by looking at the origin of honey bees and continues with a description of the different subspecies. Disease is often a neglected topic but it is an important factor for the beekeeper to bear in mind. Celia details the major diseases affecting honey bees as well as other pests including the mite, Varroa destructor. The honey bee’s major function is as a pollinator of flowers, both in agriculture and the wider environment, and the final chapters look at the relationship between bees and flowers and the resultant products of the hive.

The book contains a glossary and suggestions for further reading.

The Biology of the Honey Bee. Mark L. Winston

The objective of this book is to provide an in-depth introduction to the biology and social behaviour of a single insect species, the honey bee.

Mark L. Winston probes the dynamics of the honey bee’s social organisation. He recreates for us the complex infrastructure of the nest, describes the highly specialised behaviour of workers, queens, and drones and examines the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest.

New addition to Library

Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives by Georges de Layens

Georges de Layens wrote this “Complete Guide to Apiculture” in 1897. It has been translated and edited for the current edition but remains true to the original text and illustrations. Editors notes point out discrepancies between past and present knowledge.

The de Layens hive is a horizontal hive using 20 large frames 13” wide x 16” deep. The modern beekeeper will find plenty of information to help them improve their beekeeping. In addition to the horizontal hive there are chapters on how to manage vertical hives, fixed comb skeps and cap hives (skeps with a 2nd small cap skep for the honey).

Readers should note that many facts we take for granted nowadays were totally unknown in 1897. Having said that you may be surprised at what they did know.

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