The branch has a good library containing many a good read.

If you want to borrow a book but are not able to come to a meeting, contact Gail Plester and she will try and arrange for you to pick up the book.

The library content is categorised into books and Leaflets

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Books

Title  Author 
Queen Rearing Simplified Cook, Vince
A Manual of Beekeeping Wedmore, EB
Guide to Bees and Honey x2 copies Hooper, Ted
Some Important Operations in Bee Management Johansson, TSK & MP
Honey Bees and their Management Whitehead, SB
Bees, their vision, chemical senses and language Von Frisch, Karl
Bees and Beekeeping Pavord, AV
Beeswax 4th Edition Brown, Ron
Medical Aspects of Beekeeping Riches, Harry
The Hive and the Honey Bee Grout, RA
The Buzz about Bees Tautz, Jurgen
Life of the Honey Bee Ladybird Book
The BBKA guide to Beekeeping Davies et al, Ivor
The Honey Bee inside out Davies, Celia
The World of the Honey Bee Butler, CG
Honey Farming Manley, Rob

Producing, preparing, exhibiting, & judging bee produce

Herod-Hempsall, W
Background to Beekeeping Waine, AC
Anatomy And Dissection of the Honey Bee Dade, HA
Managing Mininucs Brown, Ron
Great Masters of Beekeeping Brown, Ron
Beekeeping Riches, HRC
Ex Africa Brown, Ron
Plants and Beekeeping Howes, F.N.
A Book of Honey Crane, Eva
The Bee-master of Warrilow Edwardes, Tickner
A World Without Bees Benjamin Allison & McCallum, Brian
For the love of Bees Bill, Lesley
Honey for Health Tonsley, Cecil
History of Beekeeping in Britain Fraser, H. Malcolm
The Asian Hornet Martin, Stephen
The biology of the honeybee Winston, Mark
Honeybee democracy Seeley, Thomas D
Form and function of the honey bee Goodman, Lesley
   

 

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Leaflets :

  • Pollen, its Collection and Preparation for the Microscope
  • The Beeway Code…For a Safe and Peaceful Apiary
  • Man’s Relationship with Honey-Storing Bees
  • The Dance of the Honey Bee
  • Bees and Rural Livelihoods

BeeBase

Beebase News Web feed
  • COVID-19 and Beekeeping update
    11 January 2021
    This is a re-issue of the guidance provided in October 2020:

    Please find the latest Covid-19 beekeeping guidance. The update includes separate links to the current Public Health Guidance for England, Wales and Scotland.

    Covid-19_and_Beekeeping_Update_v3

    COVID-19_and_Beekeeping_-_Welsh_Language_Version v3

    If you have any queries please contact:

    For England: BeeHealth.Info@defra.gov.uk
    For Wales: HoneyBeeHealth@gov.wales / GwenynMelIach@llyw.cymru
    For Scotland: Bees_Mailbox@gov.scot
  • Starvation and Varroa Alert
    04 December 2020
    Observations from beekeepers and Bee Inspectors across the UK suggest that some colonies of bees are becoming short of food.

    Please monitor your colonies throughout the coming months and feed as required to ensure your bees do not starve. A standard full size British National colony needs between 20-25 kg of stores to successfully overwinter. If they need feeding at this time then fondant should be used. This should be placed above the brood nest so that the bees are able to access it easily.

    For further information, please see the ‘Best Practice Guidance No. 7 - Feeding Bees Sugar’ on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

    It has also been observed that Varroa levels in some hives are starting to increase again. This may be due to a number of factors, but the exceptionally mild weather this autumn has encouraged some colonies to produce more brood than usual which has allowed an increase in mite reproduction.

    Please monitor mite levels and treat accordingly.

    For further information, please see the’ Managing Varroa’ Advisory leaflet on the following BeeBase Page: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167
  • Julian Parker – Head of APHA’s National Bee Unit.
    23 November 2020
    Following a recent recruitment process Julian Parker has been appointed as Head of the National Bee Unit (NBU) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Within the NBU Julian has previously been Acting Head as well as National Bee Inspector and before that Regional Bee Inspector for Southern and South East Regions. Julian has over 12 years operational experience with the NBU including leading outbreak situations. Julian is also well known in the wider beekeeping community and his expertise is highly respected across Defra and Welsh Government as well as with Bee Health stakeholders. He has also played a key role in the review of the 2020 Healthy Bees Plan and will now play a significant role in delivering the Healthy Bee Plan 2030. Many congratulations Julian.