Bee Links

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There’s loads of stuff (and associated links) about bees on the Internet. As well as the numerous links in this site, here’s a few links I’ve found useful. Click the heading to visit the site. Even though you can’t ignore Wikipedia, it’s better to visit sites of localised bee knowledge.

Local Associations

There’s probably a local Beekeeping (Bee Keeping?) Association near you, get involved, get in touch. There’s always meetings and friendly people with whom you can discuss bee things.

NBKA (Nottingham Beekeepers’ Association) : Nottingham’s very own BKA; monthly meeting for member and non members and a good network point for Nottingham beekeepers;

British Beekeepers’ Association : Strangely enough, the British Beekeepers’ Association website;

British Beekeepers’ map of local associations : Use this to find an association near you;

Welsh Beekeepers’ Association : A national support organisation for beekeepers in Wales; plenty of info and great articles;

Scottish Beekeepers’ Association : The Scottish Beekeepers Association (SBA) Supporting Scottish Bees and Beekeepers bringing together over 1500 beekeepers in Scotland;

Irish Beekeepers Association CLG : Promoting a positive atmosphere for beekeeping in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland;

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations : The web site of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations representing 48 local member associations;

Chesterfield and District Beekeepers : Chesterfield based association;

Derbyshire Beekeepers : Derbyshire based association;

Sheffield Beekeepers Association : Based in Sheffield;

Burton and District Beekeepers Association : Burton based association;

Barnsley Beekeepers : Barnsley based;

Cleveland Beekeepers Association : The website of Cleveland Beekeepers Association;

Norfolk Beekeepers : The website of the Norfolk Beekeepers;

West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Beekeepers’ Association : The website of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Beekeepers’ Association;

Bridgend Beekeepers : Glamorgan based beekeeping association;

Waveney Beekeepers Group : Based in Beccles;

Moray Beekeepers Association: Beekeepers in the North East of Scotland;

National Organisations

National Organisations dedicated to all things bees.

Beebase : BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) National Bee Unit website; loads of governmental information and initiatives;

FERA :  Fera Science Limited, formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency, is a joint venture based in the United Kingdom owned by Capita and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; plenty of links and governmental policies;

Bee Farmers Association : Association of bee keepers representing the interests of commercial and semi-commercial bee keepers in the UK representing around 400 bee farming businesses;

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) : An association for the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of native or near-native honeybees of Britain and Ireland;

Bee Connected : Keeping farmers and beekeepers in touch with each other’s activities;

Bumblebee Conservation Trust : The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’;

Public Bee Centres

Fancy going somewhere to see bees? These places are open to the public. Haven’t been to any of these. Yet..

Chain Bridge Honey Farm visitor centre : Based in Berwick upon Tweed, also sells many bee products;

Hodsock Priory : Snowdrops and bees; Blyth, where Nottinghamshire meet Sheffieldshire;

New Quay Honey Farm : West Wales not Newquay; and they have a Meadery..;

Quince Honey Farm : South Molton, Devon;

Bee Charities

A number of charitable organisations dedicated to promoting self sufficiency and business skills around he world.

Bees Abroad : Bees Abroad is a UK based charity who aim to relieve poverty throughout the world using beekeeping; UK based beekeepers and supporters providing beekeeping skills and equipment through the world to help people be more self sufficient, teach business skills and improve their environment;

Hives Save Lives : A charity who’s aim is to alleviate poverty in Africa by promoting self-sufficiency and income generation through beekeeping;

Bees for Development : A charity concerned with alleviating poverty while helping to retain biodiversity in regions around the world;

Sellers of bee things

These places sell items dedicated to beekeepers. Why not download a catalogue and browse all things bees.

Thornes : large provider of bee equipment, based in Lincolnshire;

Maisemore apiaries : large provider of bee equipment, based in Gloucestershire;

Simon the Beekeeper : based in Stoke Golding; I have no idea where this is, but his eBay shop is very popular;

Easibee / Easipet : Regularly crop up in conversation about buying bee equipment;

National Bee Supplies : National supplier of Bee Supplies;

C Wynne Jones : Welsh based supplier of Bee Equipment;

Bee Worthy Hives : Staffordhire Bee Hives;

Bee Equipped : Derby based supplier;

Peak Hives : Based in Tideswell in Derbyshire;

Becky’s Bees : Beekeeping supplies, honey and live bees; based in Andover;

Honeyfields Bee Farm : Selling live bees and honey based in Warwickshire;

The Honey Show : Promoting the highest quality honey and wax products with international classes, lecture convention, workshops and beekeeping equipment trade show; Not so much a shop as a showcase;

Honey shops

Shops selling honey. Both local and from around the world.

The Raw Honey Shop : Brighton based seller of various honeys (honies?);

Phoenicia : Phoenicia, the Mediterranean food hall, located on Kentish Town Road, London;

The Hive Honey Shop : “Purveyors of the Finest Honeys in the Kingdom”, apparently; London based;

The London Honey Company : These are the purveyors of fine honey; based in London and well into urban beekeeping;

The Sheffield Honey Company : British based award winning artisan producer of premium quality local English honey and the finest beeswax products;

Natures Little Helpers : Welsh based honey farm shop;

Black Cat Farmshop : Based in Bedfordshire;

Roper’s Honey : Derbyshire based, I should check them out;

The Local Honey Man : London based seller of honey and bees;

Haughton’s honey : Cheshire based seller;

Blue Bell Hill Apiaries : Kent based supplier of fine Kentish honey;

Periodicals and Bee books

Need some up to date reading material? Need some hard to find books?

The Beekeepers Journal : Quarterly Online journal;

BeeCraft : The informed voice of British beekeeping;

Northern Bee Books : Based in Hebden Bridge;

The Honey Shop : Plenty of books and bee produce;

Bee People

These people are names I have come across time and time again in my beekeeping research.

Eva Crane : Eva Crane is one the most prolific writers about bees and beekeeping in the 20th century; detailed analysis and wide reaching bee studies, this is fascinating; register to find some great images from around the world;

Karl von Frisch : Wikipedia article about Karl von Frisch, credited as explaining the waggle dance, the  bees natural physical movement to relay local sources of nectar ;

Brother Adam : Buckfast Abbey’s website;

Charles Dadant : French American considered as one of the founding fathers of modern bee keeping;

Lorenzo Langstroth : Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth was an American apiarist, clergyman and teacher credited as the founding father of American bee keeping;

Émile Warré : French abbot, creator of the Warré hive, “the People’s Hive”;

William Broughton Carr – British author and beekeeper, creator of the WBC hive;

Dave Cushman – Dave was a very well respected voice in the British bee keeping community; his site is full of information and opinions; plenty to read here;

Leonard E. Snelgrove : creator of the Snelgrove board;

Celia F Davis :

Clive De Bruyn :

Adrian Waring : Co author of the Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Keeping Bees;

Claire Waring : Editor of BeeCraft; Co author of the Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Keeping Bees;

Ted Hooper : British based beekeeper; very well respected author; known for “Hooper’s Five” – Has the colony sufficient room? Is the queen present and laying the expected quantity of eggs? (early in season) Is the colony building up in size as fast as other colonies in the apiary / b. (mid season) Are there any queen cells present in the colony? Are there any signs of disease or abnormality? Has the colony sufficient stores to last until the next inspection?

Randy Oliver – “Beekeeping Through the Eyes of a Biologist”; not really checked this out but looks interesting;

Points of View

Ask 4 beekeepers a question and you’ll get 6 answers..

Plant flowers, don’t keep bees : A report suggesting more bees means less flowers for the existing bees and we should be maintaining and increasing hive numbers, but we should also be increasing the amount of flowers and flora available to the bees; if you know people interested in bee stuff but don’t want to keep bees, encourage them to plant bee friendly plants in their garden;

Beekeeping forum : Learn for yourself how many opinions beekeepers have..;

Bees throughout History

De Re Rustica by Varro : A fascinating text by Marcus Terentius Varro (116‑27 B.C.); Lots of bee references around page 500; bees, apparently were once called ‘the roaming children of a dead cow’;

Vergil’s Fourth Georgic : A poem about bees from Virgil (70-19 B.C.); what is it about bees and bullocks?;

Aristotle’s The History of Animals : Written around 350 B.C.; Bottom of the page, “Part 21”;

Bee History Throughout the Ages : Some interesting facts about bees throughout history by;

The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting by Eva Crane : This one’s incomplete and on Google Books preview but good luck getting hold of an actual copy;

Evolution of domestic animals : Eva Crane’s contribution; not sure if you need to login to the Eva Crane Trust but it’s worth it;