Here's a list of a few books that you might like to consider that we have read at the Browston Apiary and consider OK! (We'll update this list occasionally). There are plenty of other book available.


Books are a great source of reference and often tell you what to do. However they don't tell you what to do AFTER you've messed up, or after bees have done something unusual... (Which they do by the way!). In addition, many books were written before open mesh floors were used and are out of date with regard to ventilating the top of the hive in winter. (See Winter Preparation in the website for current advice). Happy Reading!

Beginners Books

Practical Beekeeping - de Bruyn
Bees at the Bottom of the Garden - Campion. Some like the style of it.
Teach Yourself Beekeeping -A. Waring. (The book with a dead bee on the front!)
BBKA Guide to Beekeeping. A bit unexciting but OK.
Guide to Dummies. A US book.
Keeping Bees (Green Guides) Pam Gregory & Claire Waring. A good introductory book.
(There's one that's been suggested as being a good beginners book, which is The Haynes Bee Manual. When it's been read we'll update the website accordingly).


A Guide to Bees and Honey - Ted Hooper. A classic. Highly recommended by most. Needs to be read and re-read as there's a lot in there. This perhaps isn't a first book but is considered a must-have by many.
Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey. Brother Adam. A description of how he kept bees and insights into the Buckfast Bee. Well worth reading.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping by Morse and Hooper. Out of print but worth finding. It's expensive but worth the cost.

Advanced Books

Breeding techniques and Selection - Ruttner
Study Notes - Yeates. Not a fun read and does have mistakes but very useful if you are planning to study for exams. 
Biology of the Honeybee - Winston.  A cracking read.
Honeybees Inside Out. Celia Davies
Honeybees Around and About. Celia Davies
Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee - Dade. Another classic; for all into microscopy.
Honeybee Democracy. Thomas Seeley.

Old Books

Worth having a read but some practices are no-longer suggested now and they used to use some funny chemicals then!

Amazon and Northern Bee Books lists the above and many more.

YouTube Videos

Some of these are good however there are lots that are downright shocking; even if they appear to be from 'reputable' or commercial beekeepers, so be very careful of them. Even if they are OK, many are done where the weather may be considerably different to where you live so are not necessarily appropriate. You have been warned!

Remember that bees don't read books. (This means that you will find that they will do something totally unexpected sometimes).