We have a library of beekeeping related books ranging from modern to interesting veteran books available for members of the Exeter branch to borrow at no charge.

If you would like to borrow any of these books, please contact our Branch Librarian.

We are always looking for other beekeeping books to complement our library. If you would like to donate any to our collection, please contact our Branch Librarian with details about the books.

  • Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Keeping Bees

    Availability: Available to borrow

    What sets the Bee Manual apart from other books on this increasingly popular subject is the no-nonsense Haynes approach, including step-by-step sequences and instructions, carefully illustrated with specially created diagrams and full colour photography, primarily by the authors themselves. The manual covers everything from how a bee colony operates and thrives to techniques for swarm control. Diagrams show how beekeepers can work with the bees to help carry out pollination activities and maximise the honey crop. It includes advice on the honey bee's life cycle, choosing equipment and obtaining bees, finding and laying out an apiary, how to inspect a colony, handle frames and control the bees and dealing with the honey crop. It also explains what the most common pests and diseases are and how to prevent them.

    Authors: Claire and Adrian Waring

    Published: 2 June 2011

  • Bee-Keeping for All

    Availability: Available to borrow

    This early works on Bee-Keeping for All is extensively illustrated with 40 illustrations and will appeal greatly to anyone with an interest in early bee-keeping with much of the information still useful and practical today. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce.

    Author: Tickner Edwardes

    Published: 1929 (third edition)

  • Beekeeping Study Notes

    Availability: Currently on loan

    For the British Beekeepers' Association Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry.

    This book brings the series of Beekeeping Study Notes for the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) examinations up to date.

    These notes address the 85 topics included in the BBKA syllabus for the examination: an oral and practical assessment held in the candidate's apiary.  The notes cover all reasonable answers to questions likely to be asked when the candidate is face to face with the examiner.  There are topics in the syllabus new to the BBKA series of examinations, such as public health and safety as overseen by the Environmental Health Officer in the candidate's area: these are not covered in other books for the examination.  The book is up to date with present practice and also up to date with disease terminology that is, unfortunately continually changing.

    Authors: Dawn and John Yates

    Published: 2001

  • Beekeeping – A Novice's Guide

    Availability: Available to borrow

    David Wooten photographed all aspects of his beekeeping and has written the book in layman's terms so it is very easy for the beginner to follow. He is also a keen photographer and the book has over 150 full colour photographs. The book covers everything that a novice bee keeper would need to know. 

    Author: David Wootton

    Published: 5 November 2011

  • Bees at the Bottom of the Garden

    Availability: Available to borrow

    'Beekeeping is a hobby any interested amateur could explore' - that's the message of this book which aims to take the mystique out of keeping bees.  Alan Campion uses his own experiences to describe in plain terms how to go about setting up a hive, what do do during the first few years and what to expect from your bees.

    Authors: Alan Campion and Gay Hodgson

    Published: 6 September 2001

  • Honey and Dust

    Availability: Available to borrow

    After being seriously injured in a hit-and-run, Piers Moore Ede goes to an organic farm in Italy to recuperate. There, a beekeeper shows him the magic of the beehive and Piers, depressed since his accident, realises that honey might be his salve and salvation. This is the story of his quest to seek out the most wondrous honeys in the world, from the terracotta bee jars of the Lebanon to the clay cylinders of Syria. Slowly his personal tribulations fall into perspective against the backdrop of the dwindling traditions of the honey-farmers. Hunting wild honey from cliffs with Gurung tribesmen in Nepal, and in vast jungle trees with Veddah tribesmen in Sri Lanka, Piers draws close to the very origins of life. But honey is the real luminary of "Honey and Dust" and it is by witnessing nature's astonishing healing powers that Piers finally finds his own sense of regeneration.

    Author: Piers Moore Ede

    Published: 21 August 2006

  • Managing Bee Health: A Practical Guide for Beekeepers

    Availability: Currently on loan

    The crucial role that bees play in the Earth's ecosystem is well known. Over the last decades a dramatic decrease in bee health has been seen on a global scale. This deterioration is seen on a global scale in both domestic and wild bees, precipitating a wider ecological impact. Veterinarians, animal scientists and bee husbandry specialists increasingly need to be provided with the skills to investigate and understand the situation; Managing Bee Health aims to provide an overview of the health of bees at individual and hive level, covering common and emerging diseases and preventive measures. Beginning with an overall analysis of bee anatomy and physiology, then deals with the main diseases and pathogens of bees and colonies and how to treat and control their clinical impact. Providing insights on bee nutrition, insect interaction with flowering plants, and presenting helpful points of contact to report suspected conditions, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health. The book looks at the global pathogen status of bees, including not only the honeybee (Apis mellifera) but also other members of the Apis family. Managing Bee Health is a most useful guide for beekeepers, advisers, veterinarians and beekeeping enthusiasts, showing practical ways to understand bee health, treat sick or compromised hives and enhance the well being and welfare of these wonderful creatures.

    Author: John Carr

    Published: 2016

  • Wisdom for Beekeepers

    Availability: Currently on loan

    A comprehensive collection of 500 beekeeping tips written by life-long beekeeper Jim Tew covers all aspects of beekeeping including: Becoming a Beekeeper, Beekeeping Equipment, The Beekeeping Year, Getting Live Bees, Colony Management, Honey, Bee By-Products, Pollination, Ailments, and Bee Biology. The tips are grouped logically so that novices can build their knowledge gradually, while old hands may prefer to dip in and out at random or use the index to refer to specific topics.

    Author: James E. Tew

    Published: 19 November 2013