Recommended Books

Here's a list of a few books I found useful a number of years ago. (I'll update this list occasionally). There are plenty of others available and some new ones have been printed recently. 

There are two that have been suggested as being good although I have not read them myself: The Haynes Bee Manual and the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping.

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 In addition, many books were written before open mesh floors were used and are out of date with regard to ventillating the top of the hive in winter. (See Winter Preparation). 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 -Waring.


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 isn't a first book but is considered a must-have.

Advanced Books

Breeding techniques and Selection - Ruttner
Study Notes - Yeates. Not a fun read and does have mistakes but necessary for the Modules.
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.

Old Books

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

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

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