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
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.
  • 2020 Hive Count
    29 March 2021
    More than 10,000 beekeepers, a record number, updated their details on BeeBase during this year's hive count. There are currently more than 44,000 beekeepers registered on BeeBase, meaning that around 23% participated.

    This year’s hive count produced a figure of 260,268 colonies in the UK. This is slightly lower than the 2019 figure of 263,896. It is necessary to make a number of assumptions in the calculation, and so the figure is classed as an experimental statistic.

    The Hive Count provides a very useful indication of the number of managed colonies in the UK, and helps to ensure that BeeBase records are kept up to date. Information about numbers and location of hives is very important for National Bee Unit inspectors in terms of preparing and planning for outbreaks of disease and exotic pests.

    Thank you very much to everyone who has taken time to ensure that their BeeBase information is up to date.