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David Cramp | December 18, 2017

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Beekeeping Books

You can buy any of these books from any good bookshop or online from Amazon, Northern Bee Books, or

A Practical Manual of Beekeeping
By David Cramp

Published by Spring Hill, an imprint of Constable & Robinson

A practical manual of beekeepingA fascinating hobby; a remunerative business; or a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper do you want to be? It is entirely up to you: beekeeping can provide it all. Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globetrotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start.

This book strips away all the mystery and explains in plain English, step by step how – from day one – you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such detail the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper. It deviates from the normal beekeeping books by going into detail about subjects ignored in other books such as how to test for HMF at home without the expense of using a laboratory; how to test for Nosema in the field and it covers many other important techniques that beekeepers need to know about and it is all from first hand knowledge.

This book has been reprinted four times since 2008 and is still selling very well. It has been described by many beekeepers as their work horse; the book they turn to when they really want to solve a problem or develop their techniques or when they need new ideas.

In becoming a beekeeper you will enjoy a fascinating and wide ranging hobby as well as playing a vital role in the future of our planet. I recommend it as your beekeeping work horse.

Beekeeping. A beginner’s guide
By David Cramp

Published by Spring Hill, an imprint of Constable & Robinson

Beekeeping. A beginner's guideThis book will tell you how to start keeping bees in any location, whether urban or rural and if you are at all unsure about beekeeping or even if you are only just beginning to think about the subject, then this book is for you. It covers everything you need to think about when deciding if beekeeping is for you and it also looks at all of the other possibilities that exist for beekeepers know in an accessible and clear manner, from choice of hive and health of bees; right through the bee year to harvesting and storing your own honey. The book also takes a very considered look at hive choice and will really help you decide which is the hive for you.

So as well as providing an accessible, easy-to-understand beekeeping primer for the complete beginner, this book also introduces you to:

  • livestock farming of bees,
  • apitherapy,
  • honey cookery,
  • Bee book collecting
  • Microscopy
  • Bee stamp collecting
  • Evolutionary studies
  • Pollination
  • Photography
  • woodworking – and a host of other interesting activities

If you want a good and interesting start, buy this book.

The Beekeeper’s Field Guide
By David Cramp
Published by Spring Hill, an imprint of Constable & Robinson

The beekeeper's field guideThis guide is designed for beekeepers to carry with them and use in the apiary and out in the field. It is a diagnostic tool and an aide- memoire for the hobbyist and for the professional beekeeper, who may know what to do but will at times need the information close to hand. It includes:

* A troubleshooting guide to problems with colonies and queen bees

* A guide to the field diagnosis, treatment and control of diseases

* Seasonal apiary management checklists

* Hive product harvesting checklists

* The beekeeper’s ready reckoner

The second and revised edition of this fully illustrated and handy guide to the apiary brings the science and craft of beekeeping to beekeepers right where they need it – in the field with the bees.

NOTE: This book has received excellent reviews and is proving a popular addition to beekeepers’ bookshelves and equipment boxes, but please note that it is not a ‘how to keep bees book’. One reviewer in a UK beekeeping magazine liked the book but commented that she didn’t think that the layout worked as method of teaching beekeeping! It isn’t meant to. It is for beekeepers to use when they need to solve a problem or when they need a ready reference out in the field when they are working their bees.

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Beekeeping
By David Cramp
Published by Anness Books

The complete step-by-step guide to beeeepingThis is a practical guide to beekeeping, from setting up a colony to hive management and harvesting the honey, shown in over 400 brilliant photographs. It is a complete how-to manual on the satisfying art of keeping bees and their practical day to day care. It guides you all the way from choosing and obtaining your bees, housing them and maintaining the hive through the year, to dealing with pests and diseases, and harvesting the honey. It describes the flowers, plants, trees and crops – and their seasons – that provide the best yield of nectar and pollen. It offers a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the unique bee community. It is lavishly illustrated throughout with more than 400 photographs, including step-by-step techniques and amazing pictures from inside the hive. It explains how to harvest the products of the hive. Beekeeping must rate as one of the most interesting and satisfying hobbies. The structure and hierarchy of a beehive and the behaviour of bees is fascinating, and the end product, honey, is a fitting reward for a beekeeper’s care. This book gives information on the way the hive works, handling the bees, and how to get your bees and transfer them to the hive. Also included is a useful calendar, packed with information, that shows you at a glance when to inspect, maintain and repair the hive, and how to harvest the honey. It describes problems such as diseases and pests that can affect the bees, and suggests plants for a bee-friendly garden.