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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

Asian Hornet Handbook

The Asian Hornet Handbook
Sarah Bunker
Around 2004, the Asian hornet was accidentally imported into southern France from China, and it has spread through western European countries with astonishing speed. Since 2016 there have been incursions into the UK, and these are becoming more frequent as the population on the continent increases. They could establish themselves in this country at any time. Asian hornets cause two important problems for humans: they love eating bees, especially honey bees; and if a nest is accidentally disturbed they can be very aggressive.

This handbook is bursting with information, from hornet identification to up-to-date scientific findings on Asian hornet biology, behaviour and ecology. There are also sections on the spread of these insects, how they are dealt with in the UK, tracking, trapping, and other methods of control. Fascinating, readable and full of photos and illustrations, this is a book for beekeepers, naturalists and anyone interested in invasive alien species.


Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators

Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators
Marek Nowakowski and Richard Pywell
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Insect pollinators are vital for supporting food production and biodiversity, but they face an ever growing range of pressures from habitat loss to pesticides and disease. In response to these concerns the Government recently launched the National Pollinator Strategy which outlined a 10-year plan of action to help pollinators survive and thrive in our countryside and cities.
The Strategy calls on farmers and land managers to adopt the Call to Action by increasing food resources, shelter and nest sites for pollinators in the countryside. It is important to create good quality habitats to maximise the potential benefits to pollinators.

In order to achieve all this, farmers will need clear and practical guidance, underpinned by high quality research.
This guide shows the clear benefits of practitioners working closely with research scientists to develop workable and tested solutions to a pressing need. It provides farmers with all they need to know about management for pollinators; from the basic facts about bee biology; the importance of season long flower resources; and then how, when and where to create different habitats to provide food, shelter and nesting.
Using this Guide we can hopefully take these simple actions to improve the environment and see pollinators once more thrive in the countryside.


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

The Asian Hornet

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.


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.