Beekeeping information – Recommended reading for beginner beekeepers

Bee-friendly Beekeeper by David Heaf

David Heaf’s book is one of the few that comes from the perspective of the bee rather than the beekeeper. He favours the Warré hive but general principles apply.

Barefoot Beekeeper by Phil Chandler

The top bar hive equivalent of David Heaf’s book.

Guide to Bees & Honey by Ted Hooper

Ted Hooper’s book isn’t from the natural beekeeping camp but is such a comprehensive and easy to read book for beginner beekeepers that I have to recommend having a copy.    

Keeping Bees with a Smile by Fedor Lazutin

“”Keeping Bees with a Smile” is a valuable guide for independent-minded beekeepers who are seeking ways to keep bees without treating them with chemicals, disturbing their homes, and otherwise intruding on their lives. Fedor Lazutin, one of Russia’s foremost natural beekeepers, describes a beekeeping system based on a trust of a bee colony as a living being capable of solving life’s challenges without human assistance, Beginner-friendly and complete with fascinating photographs, it is a special book and one that I expect will ‘shake up’ the thinking of independently minded beekeepers iini North America and Europe.”

Dr Thomas D Seeley

Queen of the Sun by Taggart Siegel

This is a collection of essays from various ‘natural’ beekeepers and covers subjects from honey to pesticides.  It is an up-to-the-minute record of what people are really saying about the state of modern beekeeping.  Queen of the Sun takes a more penetrating view of the situation and dares to speak out on matters that aren’t merely practical and ‘scientific’.  A joy.

The Buzz about Bees by Jürgen Tautz

The buzz in the beekeeping world (natural and orthodox) is about this book.  Sub-titled ‘biology of a super-organism’ the book sets out a detailed biological argument for why a honey bee colony acts lik a super-organism.  There are many fascinating facts in the book that are new to the bee literature and it’s a must if the bees have captured your imagination and you wish to learn more from them.

At The Hive Entrance by H Storch  Not currently available to buy but can be downloaded in pdf format here

First published in German this little book is an excellent reference guide particularly for natural beekeepers who prefer not to open the hive unless absolutely necessary.  Although it is only a small book it is packed with information about most of the sights you will see at the front of your hive.  What you have observed is easy to locate because of the book’s structure, a progression throught the bee year.
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