Links

It is to be noted that inclusion in these lists does not mean that WBKA endorse any product or service.

Les Crowder’s introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

National Groups and Resources

Beebase – Information resource for the beekeepers
BIBBA – Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Association
British Beekeepers Association – The national association
EU Commission’s Rural Development Page
Honey Association – website packed with fascinating facts about honey

Local and Regional Associations

Airedale Beekeepers Association
Bradford Beekeepers Association
Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association – including details of Claro Bees Apiary Supplies
Leeds Beekeepers Association – For news and views from another local association
Yorkshire Beekeepers Association – The county association

Education and Course Materials

For those taking BBKA examinations, this site from Mid-Bucks BKA is extremely useful
Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Asian Hornet

Non-native Species Alert – What to do if you think you’ve seen an Asian Hornet
BBKA pages – BBKA information on the Asian Hornet

Top Bar Hives and other alternative beekeeping systems

Warré Beekeeping – beekeeping using the hive developed by Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951).
Introduction to Warré Beekeeping – a quick overview of Warré beekeeping.
The Barefoot Beekeeper – practical, balanced, treatment-free beekeeping in horizontal top bar hives.
For the Love of Bees – natural top bar beekeeping since the 1970’s
Rose Hives – instead of having two different size boxes (brood-boxes and supers), Rose Hives just have one size box which can be used for either brood or honey.
Sun Hives – based on the principles of bee-centred apiculture, the Sun Hive is an ideal conservation hive for our pollinating friends the honeybee.
Natural Bee Husbandry – A new quarterly journal for a new a era of bee centred beekeeping published by Northern Bee Books.

Treatment-free Beekeeping

Treatment-free Beekeeping Facebook Group – Connect with, and learn from over 12000 treatment-free beekeepers from around the world.

Research

Tom Seeley papers
Tom Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy and one of the world’s foremost honeybee researchers, has made his research papers available online. For some of these you may need to register for a (free) Research Gate account.

Apicentric (or Bee-friendly) Beekeeping

The Science Behind Apicentric Practice

A searchable index of research papers which support the concept of Apicentric (or Bee-friendly) Beekeeping.

Beekeeping Practice

Neumann, P. and Blacquière, T. (2017), The Darwin cure for apiculture?Natural selection and managed honeybee health. Evol Appl, 10: 226-230. doi:10.1111/eva.12448
The authors point out that the role of beekeeping practices in honeybee decline has been largely ignored and that “Sustainable solutions for the apicultural sector can only be achieved by taking advantage of natural selection and not by attempting to limit it”.


Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Fabiana Ahumada, Henry Graham (2017) Are Dispersal Mechanisms Changing the Host-Parasite Relationship and Increasing the Virulence of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in Managed Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies?, Environmental Entomology, Volume 46, Issue 4, 1 August 2017, Pages 737-746 A model that simulated varroa populations and bee interactions showed that natural swarming, which is suppressed in domesticated bees, keeps varroa populations down. That’s because swarming carries mites away from hives and reduces the number of bee larvae produced, shrinking the mites’ food supply. Furthermore, infected forager bees that raid other hives can quickly spread the mites when hives are close together.

Bee Behaviour

Borba, R. S., & Spivak, M. (2017). Propolis envelope in Apis mellifera colonies supports honey bees against the pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae. Scientific Reports, 7, 11429. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-11689-w Our results indicate that the propolis envelope serves as an antimicrobial layer around the colony that helps protect the brood from bacterial pathogen infection, resulting in a lower colony-level infection load.

Tribe, G., Tautz, J., Sternberg, K. and Cullinan, J. (2017). Firewalls in bee nests – survival value of propolis walls of wild Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis). Sci. Nat. 104:29.DOI 10.1007/s00114-017-1449-5. Analysis of honeybee colonies in South Africa shows that they do not abscond from the nest when threatened by smoke, but retreat into the nest where they are protected by propolis firewalls. The consumption of honey when bees are smoked is most likely to make sure they can survive a period without forage after a fire has passed.

For more discussion of this research and some photographs see this blog post by the Natural Beekeeping Trust.

Videos

Advice for new beeeepers: probably the foremost honeybee researcher in the world, Tom Seeley gives some advice for new beekeepers.
Tom Seeley’s presentation to the 2017 National Honey Show, explaining the fascinating ways that bees organise themselves in the hive, including the newly discovered “Beep”.
Tom Seeley – Small Hive Beekeeping: the advantages of keeping bees in small hives.

Video clip of ‘Honeybee Democracy’ by Thomas Seeley

Suppliers

Arden Books – suppliers of new, out of print and scarce books on natural history, gardening and botany.

Beeproof Suits

Caddon Hives – based in the Scottish Borders

Claro Bees

Honey Frame Packaging – a novel packaging system for honey sales

Northern Bee Books – specialist beekeeping bookseller (sign up to The Bee Book Paper, covering the very latest apicultural literature).

Peak Hives – a small business in Derbyshire producing quality National Hives in cedar and red deal

Solway Bee Supplies – manufacturer of high quality cedar hives and ancillary equiptment

Thorne’s Beekeeping Supplies

BeeCraft Magazine (Digital Version)

BWARS – National society dedicated to studying bees, wasps and ants

Dave Cushman’s website – a huge resource that is considered by some to be the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative beekeeping website.