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East Devon Beekeepers have an extensive library available for members to use.

If you wish to borrow a book, email librarian@edbk.co.uk stating the Ref No., Book Title and the name of the author. Providing that the book is not out on loan it can be collected at a winter meeting or summer apiary meeting by arrangement.
Download Library Books List:    EDBK Library List

In addition to the books listed in the above PDF file there are a number of older books by well known authors. These may be of use to members studying for the modules or anyone interested in the history of our craft. These books are listed in the archive library file below and can be made available on request webmaster@edbk.co.uk

Download Archive Library Books List:     Archive Book List

The recommended Book List for the BBKA examinations can be downloaded here:  Book List for BBKA Examinations


New Additions to the Branch Library

The Asian Hornet – Threats, Biology & Expansion by Professor Stephen Martin

Professor Martin is no stranger to the Asian hornet, or more accurately the yellow legged hornet. The information presented in the book was gained through many years of academic study of hornets in Asia and Japan starting in 1987. More recently there is a wealth of new studies and information in the scientific literature on the spread and impact of the Asian hornet in France and South Korea.

The accidental introduction of the hornet into France over 10 years ago has been worrying for governments and beekeepers alike. The natural history of the hornet makes it impossible to eradicate and it will continue to widen its range and invade other countries. Education is therefore the best way to lessen the impact.

The book covers all the key features of the Asian hornet’s biology, including effects on humans and honey bees, and what you can do about it.

Mead and Honey Wines – A Comprehensive Guide by Michael Badger, MBE

The book is a comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics relating to the production and judging of mead and honey wines written by a leading authority with 65 years of beekeeing experience and over 50 years of mead and honey wine production expertise.

Glancing at the Contents page will give you some idea of the scope of the information. The book is divided into ten Parts, each Part being a miniature encyclopaedia on the subject matter. There is also an extensive Glossary. Don’t know the difference between Melomel and Metheglin? It’s all there!

At 380 pages this is not a book to read from cover to cover, more a repository of expert knowledge to get you started, improve your production methods and give you a helping hand when you get stuck.


Books suitable for those studying for the Module Exams.

The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping.  Ivor Davis & Roger Cullum-Kenyon

The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping

If you are just starting to keep bees, or simply want to find out about bees and beekeeping, this authoritative guide provides a complete introduction to starting out as a beekeeper. The book introduces the reader to all areas of beekeeping including the workings of the colony, the structure of the hive, how to acquire bees and keep them healthy and the key events in the beekeeping year, along with answering a number of frequently asked questions such as how to prevent swarming and how often to inspect the hive.

The book is endorsed by the BBKA, covers all aspects of beekeeping for beginners, especially those with no prior knowledge, and has many excellent illustrations.


The Honey Bee Around & About.  Celia F Davis

The Honey Bee Around & About

This is a companion volume to Celia’s first book The Honey Bee Inside Out which covered the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. The Honey Bee Around and About begins by looking at the origin of honey bees and continues with a description of the different subspecies. Disease is often a neglected topic but it is an important factor for the beekeeper to bear in mind. Celia details the major diseases affecting honey bees as well as other pests including the mite, Varroa destructor. The honey bee’s major function is as a pollinator of flowers, both in agriculture and the wider environment, and the final chapters look at the relationship between bees and flowers and the resultant products of the hive. The book contains a glossary and suggestions for further reading.


The Biology of the Honey Bee. Mark L. Winston

The Biology of the Honey Bee

The objective of this book is to provide an in-depth introduction to the biology and social behaviour of a single insect species, the honey bee.
Mark L. Winston probes the dynamics of the honey bee’s social organisation. He recreates for us the complex infrastructure of the nest, describes the highly specialised behaviour of workers, queens, and drones and examines the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest.



News & Events

Outbreak of EFB reported
An outbreak of EFB has been reported by one of our members about ‘5km east of Hawkchurch’. If you live in the area and are not yet on BeeBase we would recommend you go to the BeeBase website as soon as possible to register. This will ensure you are informed of any threats in your area.
World’s largest bumblebee under threat.
The Patagonian bumblebee, the worlds largest bumblebee, is under threat from the import of species native to Europe.The growth of the bumblebee trade for agricultural pollination since the 1980s has been identified as one of the top emerging environmental issues likely to affect global diversity.Follow this link to read the article.
Best plants for bees: 5 yr study results by RosyBee
Follow the link to see the results of 5 years of monitoring which bees visit a variety of ‘bee-friendly’ plants.
What’s that Buzz? Plants hear when bees are coming
New research has shown that plants can ‘hear’ sounds around them and flowers respond to the buzz of approaching bees by producing sweeter nectar. The research biologists from Tel Aviv University played recordings of flying bee sounds to evening primrose flowers and found that after a few minutes the sugar concentration in the flower’s nectar had increased by 20% on average when compared with flowers left in silence or submitted to higher pitched sounds.
The authors of the report say that, for the first time, they have shown plants can rapidly respond to pollinator sounds in an ecologically relevant way.
Producing sweeter nectar in response to the sounds of bees can help entice the insects to visit the flowers and increase the chances of its pollen being distributed.
Thanks to Ann P. for spotting this article in the Times.
Scientists sew trackers to Asian Hornets to find and destroy nests before they kill honeybees
Britain’s beekeepers are turning to technology to prevent aggressive Asian hornets destroying their colonies. In a first successful trial, experts at the University of Exeter attached tracking devices to the backs of the voracious hornets and then followed them back to their nests.
Asian hornet information
The June edition of the BBKA News has extensive information about the Asian hornet threat. In particular, pages 209 and 210 have full colour reproductions of the Asian hornet alert document issued by the Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for you to cut out and use as your personal guide to identification of this invasive species.