Club Library

The KBKA has a large library of books for use by KBKA members and is available at the monthly club meetings.

New/recycled books are always welcome.

KBKA Library For Beginners

TitleAuthorOther Information
Backyard BeekeepingWilliam Scott1997
Basic BeeKeepingOwen Meyer 
BeeKeepingKim Flottum 
Bees at the bottom of the gardenAlan Campion 
Keeping Bees and making honeyAlison Benjamin And Brian McCallum 
Keeping HoneybeesJudy Urquhart 
Keeping Bees – A Complete Practical GuidePaul Peacock 
Advice for BeekeepersBBKA 
Beekeeping Self-sufficiencyJoanna Ryde 
Fun with BeesMatthew AllanBeekeeping in a Nutshell series
Basic Honey ProcessingMatthew AllanBeekeeping in a Nutshell series
The Healthy HiveBBKA 
Simple Swarm PreventionMark BrittleBeekeeping in a Nutshell series
A Hive of Industry . . . The Story of Honey Bees and BeekeepingDevon Apicultural Research Group 
Beekeeping for DummiesHowland Blackiston 
Bees & Beekeeping ExplainedGerard Baker 
Bad Beekeepers ClubBill Turnbull2 copies available
Beekeeping – a Practical GuideRoger Patterson2 copies available
Bee (Haynes) manualClaire & Adrian Waring2 copies available
First Lessons in BeekeepingKeith Delaplane 
Keeping Bees & Making HoneyA.Benjamin & B. Mccallum 
Complete & Easy Guide to BeekeepingK. Flotum 

KBKA Library For All BeeKeepers

TitleAuthorOther Information
At the Hive EntranceH Storch1985
Bee Keeping at Buckfast AbbeyBrother Adams1974
BeekeepingTeach yourself 
Beekeeping Tips and TopisElbert JaycoxAmerica, 1975-81
Colour guide to pollen loads of the honey beeWilliam Kirk1994
Guide to Bees and Honey 1976Ted Hooper(Need later addition)
Practical BeekeepingClive de Bruyn 
Recipes for the use of BeesWaxCumbria BeeKeepers Association 
Simple Methods of Making IncreaseWally ShawWelsh beekeepers Association
Sixty Years with Smoker and VeilRobert N H Skilling1991
Swarming Its control and preventionSnelgrove1941
The Complete handbook of Bee-KeepingHerbert Mace2 Copies
The Wisdom of the HiveT.D. Seeley1995
Beekeeping Study Notes: Basic AssessmentYates 
In Search of the Best Strains of BeeBrother Adam 
The Bee-friendly Beekeeper – A sustainable approachDavid Heaf 
Oilseed Rape and BeesAllan Calder 
Treating Oil-seed Rape with SimplicityJack BerryBeekeeping in a Nutshell series
The HoneyBee Out & AboutCelia F. Davis 
Honey Bee DemocracyThomas D. Seeley 
Making Up & Using NucleiDonald SimsBeekeeping in a Nutshell series
Beekeeping Study Notes: Modules 5,6,7,8Yates 
The Buzz About BeesJ. Tautz 
How to Succeed with BeesE.W. & K. Atkins1924

KBKA Library: Advanced or Specific Topics

TitleAuthorOther Information
Producing, Preparing, Exhibiting and Judging Bee ProduceW. Herrod-HempsallProducing, preparing, exhibiting and judging. 1948
Breeding Super BeesSteve Taber1987, American
Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the HoneybeeFried Ruttner1988
Honey IdentificationRex Sawyer1988
Honeybees BiologyJ.B. FreeLectures given to CAB-Keepers, various dates
Queen Breeding for AmateursC.P. Abbott1947
The Honey Bee Around & AboutCelia F Davis 
BeeswaxRon Brown 
Keeping Healthy Honey BeesDavid Aston & Sally Bucknall 
Field Notes on Queen RearingOliver Field 
Anatomy & Physiology of the HoneybeeR.E. Snodgrass1925
Swarming its control & PreventionL.E. Snelgrove2 copies – 1941 & 1943
 Keeping Bees Compiled by J.B. Free 
 Natural Beekeeping Ross Conrad 
 How to Make a Warming Cabinet R. Chapman 
 How to Make a Solar Extractor C. Richmond 
 General Husbandry BBKA News Special Issue 

KBKA Library: Related Interests and Gardening

TitleAuthorOther Information
The Beekeeper’s GardenTed Hooper & Mike Taylor1988
A Sting in the TaleDave Goulson2013
Plants and Honeybees. . .Their relationshipsDavid Aston & Sally Bucknall 
The Bee Friendly GardenTed Hooper & Mike Taylor 
Plants and BeekeepingF. N. Howes 
Bee QuestDave Goulson 

KBKA Library: Ministry of Agriculture

TitleAuthorOther Information
 Beekeeping Ministry of Agriculture MAFF 1972
 Diseases of Bees Ministry of Agriculture MAFF 1976
 Swarming of Bees Ministry of Agriculture MAFF 1975

Also available

  • A selection of British Beekeepers Association Advisory Leaflets.
  • Past copies of various Newsletters and Journals.

Book stockists
Popular books related to bees are stocked by the likes of Amazon, but there are also specialist book retailers:

Book Reviews by club members
Keeping Bees – Paul Peacock
If you are considering keeping bees and you want to see what bee keeping is about then this is the book for you. Its small, has lots of great and relevant pictures, its well written, well laid out and not too technical. Most children could also cope with this book, its an easy and fun read.

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