The good book list

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Recommended Bee Keeping Books

Most of what is recommended below follows the list recommended by BBKA, inclusion of any item in the list does not mean that I personally endorse it as a ‘good book’. It should also be pointed out that it is not required that all titles need to be read.
Title Author  Publisher   Notes
A Book of Honey (1980)    Eva Crane  Oxford Univ. Press
A Case of Hives (1985)  Len Heath   BBNO
A Manual of Beekeeping (reprint 1999)   E. B. Wedmore   BBNO
Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee  H. A. Dade   IBRA
Anatomy of the Honeybee (1956)   R. E. Snodgrass   Cornell Univ. Press
Any A-Level Biology textbook or equivalent   If available
Any GCSE Biology textbook or equivalent   If available
The Selection of Apiary Sites   D.A.R.G.
Archaeology of Beekeeping       E. Crane      Duckworth
Background to Bee Breeding (1999)   J. Atkinson   NBB
BBKA Advisory Leaflet – ‘So you wish to sell Honey  BBKA    BBKA
BBKA Leaflet, Shrubs, Plants/Wild Flowers for Bees   BBKA No. 39
BBKA Leaflets on various topics        Various    BBKA
Bees and Beekeeping   Irmgard Diemer   Merehurst
Bee Disease Control Orders   HMSO  HMSO
Bee sting Allergy   Dr H. Riches
Beekeeping – a Seasonal Guide (1985)   R. Brown   BT Batsford
Beekeeping and the Law (1993)     D. Frimston, D. Smith    BBNO
Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey (1975/1987)    Bro. Adam   NBB
Beekeeping in Antiquity   Fraser    IBRA
Bees & Beekeeping, Science, Practice & World Resources   E. Crane    Heinemann/Newnes
Bees and Neighbours   BBKA
Bees to the Heather   S.B. Whitehead   McMillan
Beeswax (1984)   Coggeshall & Morse    Wicwas Press
Beeswax (1995)   R. BrownBBNO
Beeway Code  D.A.R.G.   D.A.R.G.
Better Beginnings for Beekeepers   A. Waring    BIBBA
Breeding Better Bees   Dews/Milner    BIBBA
Breeding Techniques & Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee    F. Ruttner   BIBBA
Bumblebees   Prys-Jones/Corbet   Richmond Pubs.
Central Association Leaflets (Various)   Various    Central Association
Communication among Social Bees    Lindauer    Harvard
Dance Language and Orientation of Bees   Karl von Frisch    Belknap Press
Bees, Their Vision,chemical sense and Language   K von Frisch
Development of Chalk Brood   Len Heath    IBRA
Elements of genetics with special reference to the bee (1981)    J. Mesquida    BIBBA
Encyclopaedia of Beekeeping (1985)    Hooper and Morse    Blandford  now rare
Form and Function in the Honeybee   L. Goodman    IBRA
Foul Brood Disease of Honey Bees    DEFRA
Garden Plants Valuable to Bees    M.F. Fountain    IBRA
Great Masters of Beekeeping (1994)    R. Brown    BBNO
Guide for Judges and Exhibitors of Honey and Bee Products    Exam Board    BBKA
Guide to Bees and Honey (4th. edition) (1997)    Ted Hooper     Marston House
Handbook of Beekeeping (1992)    Dr. H. Riches    NBB
History of Beekeeping in Britain    Fraser    IBRA
HMSO leaflets on honey, honey regulations and food safety    HMSO  FSA
Honey – A Comprehensive Survey (1976)     E. Crane    Heinemann
Honey Bee Biology    Edited by J.B. Free    Central Assn.
The Honey Bee inside out    Celia Davis    NBB
Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases, 3rd Ed 1997?? ?R. Morse, K. Flottum    Root
Honey Bees of the British Isles (1986)   B.A. Cooper   BIBBA
Honey Farming (1946)    R.O.B. Manley    NBB
Honey Identification (1988)    R. Sawyer     Cardiff A.P.
Honeybee Pathology (1991) 2nd ed    Bailey and Ball  Academic Press
In Search of the Best Strains of Bees (1983)    Br. Adam     NBB
Insect Pollination of Crops    J.B. Free    Academic Press
Insect Bites and Stings    HRC Riches
Insect Pollination of Cultivated Crops  S. E. McGregor    USDA
Life of the Bumblebee    D.V. Alford    Poynter
Light Microscopy, an Illustrated Guide (1994)    R. Oldfield    Wolfe
MAFF Leaflets, Current bee disease leaflets, various    DEFRA/NAW    DEFRA/NAW
Medical Aspects of Beekeeping (2000)    Dr Harry Riches    HR Books
Microscopy for Beekeepers, Beekeeping in a nutshell No.69    P. Jewell      NBB
National Honey Show Leaflets      Various         N.H.S.
Oil Seed Rape and Bees         Allan CalderNBB
Pheromones of Social Bees (1987)        J.B. Free      Chapman & Hall
Plants and Beekeeping (1979)    F.N. Howes   Faber
Plants and Honey Bees Introduction to their relationships      David Aston and Sally Bucknall
Pollen Identification for Beekeepers    R. Sawyer Cardiff          A.P.
Pollen Loads of the Honeybee (1984)        D. Hodges         IBRA
Practical Beekeeping (1997)           Clive de Bruyn            Crowood Press
Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding (1997)    H. Laidlaw, R. Page  Wicwas Press
Royal Microscopical Society Handbook No. 1
An Introduction to the Optical Microscope (1989)           RMS    OUP
Royal Microscopical Society Handbook No. 15
RMS Dictionary of Light Microscopy    RMS     OUP
Social Wasps    R Edwards     Rentokil Library
Solitary Bees and Wasps     C. W. Andrews    IBRA
Some Important Operations in Bee Management    T.S.K. M.P. Johansson    IBRA
Statutory procedures for controlling foul brood    DEFRA/NAW    DEFRA
Study notes (Various)    J.D. and B.D. Yates    BBNO    Has errors
Swarm Control for the Beginner (Leaflet)    BBKA
Swarming – Its Control and Prevention (1981)    L.E. Snelgrove    BBNO
Teach Yourself Microscopy    W.G. Hartley    English U.P.
The Biology of the Honey Bee (1987)    M. Winston    Harvard
The Hive and the Honeybee (1992)    J. Graham (Ed.)    Dadant
The Honey Bee (1988)    J.and C. Gould    Scientific American
The Humble Bee     Sladen  Logaston
The Observation Hive (1985)    K. Showler    BBNO
The Process of Queen/Worker Differentiation in the Honey Bee    Jarich J. Beetsma    IBRA
The Sacred Bee    Hilda M. Ransome     BBNO
The small hive beetle    DEFRA/NAW
The Social Organisation of Honey Bees (1977)    J.B. Free    NBB
The Wisdom of the Hive (1995)    T. Seeley    Harvard University/Wiley
Trees and Shrubs Valuable to Bees    M.F. Fountain    IBRA
Varroa destructor: monitoring and forecasting      DEFRA
World of the Honey Bee (1974)           C. Butler         Collins

More books appear every year and most are worth ignoring as the same errors are repeated again and again.Be very wary of North American authors as conditions there are very different to ours.

Whilst a couple of good books are very useful to the beginner especially illustrated ones showing healthy brood and so on, these days much good and accurate advice is available on line. I commend the beekeeping


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