Natural Beekeeping Resources: best books

The super-organism of the honeybee (apis mellifera) is not only awe-inspiring, it’s worth understanding. Both for your own personal gratification, and for the pollination of your nation.

This list is a part of the notes we provide to students at the Natural Beekeeping courses we run with Tim Malfroy. It’s a list of Tim’s favorite books on bees, garnered from a lifetime of active research, practice, and discussion.

These books are largely not ‘how to’ books, but more ‘why to’ books, as regards natural beekeeping. Mind you, Emile Warré’s Beekeeping For All is an incredible synergy of how and why to consider partnering with bees in a method of beekeeping other than conventional practice. A gentle, fascinating read.

As are all the books on this list, actually. So much knowledge about bees past and present, still so much yet to be understood! A great list of books for the holidays…

Bee biology:

Exploded view of a Warré hive

Natural Beekeeping Books:

Pollination Crisis:

Natural comb in a Warré hive. Photo by Cathy X

History:

Native Australian Bees:

Tim Malfroy doing his thing at an Urban Natural Beekeeping course in Sydney

For more info on Warré and Natural Beekeeping, head to Tim Malfroy’s website as a starting point, and explore the links from there.

There’s also this great Warré beekeeping yahoo group which is super supportive for beginners.

Or you could get the full lowdown at one of our Natural Beekeeping courses with Tim. They are awesome and they’re enough to set you solidly on the path to natural beekeeping. We’re also in the midst of scheduling a Natural Beekeeping field day at our Warré apiary at Milkwood Farm in Autumn.

Many thanks to Tim Malfroy for sharing his knowledge so generously. Leading photo by Cathy X.

>> More posts about Natural Beekeeping at Milkwood.net


3 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yes, I’d also give ‘The Buzz about Bees’ a massive thumbs up – fantastic book full of amazing photographs!

  2. Posted December 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Nice one, again…thanks for the book list!

  3. Newman
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    any tips for books regarding bee keeping in Australia? far south coast specifically – fed up reading how to protect hive from bears…not really an issue here!!!!!!

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