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
  • A confirmed finding of a single Asian hornet in Felixstowe, Suffolk
    29 April 2022
    The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.

    Laboratory analysis has shown that the Asian hornet was a female but as it was dried out and damaged it couldn’t be ascertained if it was a queen or worker. Additionally it is highly likely to be from the European population rather than a new introduction from Asia and is highly unlikely to be the offspring of either of last year’s nests in the UK.

    Further information regarding the yellow legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We continue to ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase (guidance here) and report suspect sightings here.
  • Registration Page - Error - FIXED
    24 March 2022
    We are currently experiencing an error with our registration page which is preventing beekeepers from registering.  We are working hard to find a fix and will update this News items as soon as a fix is found. 

    To register, please come back in a few days or give the NBU a call on 0300 3030094 and we can process your registartion for you. 

    UPDATE: This has now been fixed. 
  • Analysis of 2021 Asian hornet nests
    03 March 2022
    During the 2021 season, two Asian hornet nests were located and successfully destroyed by NBU inspectors and APHA colleagues, following sightings reported via the Asian Hornet Watch app.

    The nest found in Ascot, and destroyed on 11th October, was 35 cm in diameter and contained six combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest, and that the nest hadn’t reached the stage of producing adult sexual stages.

    The nest found in Portsmouth, and destroyed on 31st October, was 31cm in diameter and contained 4 combs. Results from genetic analyses suggest that all Asian hornets collected in the surrounding area were likely to have come from this nest. The nest had reached the stage of producing sexual stages but was highly inbred and a large proportion of the offspring were triploid.

    The queen and drones for both the Ascot and Portsmouth nest were highly unlikely to be direct offspring of the Gosport nest from 2020.

    Further information regarding Asian hornet can be found on Defra’s Asian hornet sightings page and on our BeeBase Asian hornet page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560.

    Use the Asian hornet Watch app for Android and iPhone to report sightings.

    Yn ystod tymor 2021, cafodd dau nyth cacwn Asiaidd eu darganfod a'u dinistrio'n llwyddiannus gan arolygwyr yr NBU a chydweithwyr APHA, yn dilyn golygfeydd a adroddwyd drwy'r ap ‘Hornet Watch’ Asiaidd.

    Cafodd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Ascot ei ddinistrio ar yr 11eg o Hydref. Roedd yn 35 cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys chwe adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o'r nyth hwn, ac nad oedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu.

    Roedd y nyth a ganfuwyd yn Portsmouth, a'i ddinistrio ar 31 Hydref, yn 31cm mewn diamedr ac yn cynnwys 4 adran i atgenhedlu. Mae canlyniad y dadansoddiadau genetig yn awgrymu bod yr holl gacwn Asiaidd a gasglwyd yn yr ardal gyfagos yn debygol o fod wedi dod o'r nyth hwn. Roedd y nyth wedi cyrraedd y cam lle y caiff ffurfiau rhywiol llawn dwf eu cynhyrchu ond roedd wedi mewnfridio i raddau helaeth ac roedd cyfran fawr o’r epil yn driploid.

    Roedd y frenhines a'r dronau ar gyfer nyth Ascot a Portsmouth yn annhebygol iawn o fod yn uniongyrchol o’r nyth darganfyddwyd yn Gosport yn ystod 2020.

    Mae rhagor o wybodaeth am y gacynen Asiaidd ar gael ar dudalen golygfeydd cyrn Asiaidd Defra ac ar ein tudalen cyrn Asiaidd BeeBase. Dylech gyfeirio pob ymholiad gan y cyfryngau at Swyddfa'r Wasg Defra: 0330 0416560.

    Defnyddiwch yr ap Gwylio Hornet Asiaidd ar gyfer Android ac iPhone i roi gwybod am olygfeydd.