East Grinstead Beekeepers hold a Library for Members to borrow. If you want to borrow a book pIease contact Sarah Paton  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) who will check whether a particular book is out on loan or available and can arrange to bring it to the next meeting.

A Book of Honey by Eva Crane
Honey is a splendid entirely natural food which has been treasured by people the world over from earliest times.
The book opens with a clear exposition of the amazing instinctive behaviour of bees, and of the composition and properties of honey. The use of Honey in the home is discussed. Dr. Crane goes on to tell the fascinating story of honey from before prehistoric man to present day.

Honey from Hive to Honeypot by Sue Style.
Honey has enhanced our lives for over ten thousand years. Used as a sweetener and preservative long before sugar, honey is regarded all over the world as a healthy, life-promoting food, prized for its flavour, and in some quarters evan accorded religious significance as a purifier.It has always been a symbol of well-being: where nature has been bountiful, the land is said to 'flow with milk and honey'. This elegant book is embellished by Graham Evernden's illustrations which evocatively portray the subject of honey from hive to honeypot.

Honey in the Comb by Eugene E Killion
The author writes. I believe anyone can harvest a crop of liquid or strained honey with some degree of success; but it takes more knowledge of the fundamentals of bee biology and behaviour to achieve the satisfaction that comes with a good crop of honey in the comb. The individual with only one, two, or three colonies of bees will enjoy producing comb honey without the neccessity to invest in extractors, tanks. knives etc, that are essential in extracting and bottling even a small crop of liquid honey.

Oilseed Rape and Bees by Allan Calder  (2 Copies)
For beekeepers to be able now to rely, for an indefinite number of years to come, upon the regular annual availability, in May and June, of a huge new nectar source, is for them an historic advance. The pattern of work through the beekeeping year is changed by it and a new yearly flow of nectar and honey is in prospect with a yield comparable to that from the heather.

Beeswax by Ron Brown
Beeswax is the first book on the subject for nearly 73 years-since Cowan's "Wax craft" appeared-and has been published by popular request. It contains details on the history, chemical contents, and the many uses of beeswax. The 20 illustrations are carefully chosen to make this an essentially practical book for beekeeper, wax candle and polish maker as well as for the interested reader, who may have often wondered what produced the shine on his dining-room table.

All about Mead by S.W.Andrews
The making of the most ancient of fermented drinks here fully explained by a noted beekeeper and mead maker of great experience. Full guidance on equipment, making the must, yeast, fermentation, the aftercare of mead and preparing exhibits for show.

Propolis by Apimondia Publishing House
Scientific data and suggestions concerning its composition, properties and possible use in therapeutics.

A World without Bees By Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum     (2 Copies)
From London to Los Angeles, from Slovenia to Taiwan, honeybees are dying. In America one in three hives was left lifeless at the beginning of 2008; in France, the death rate might be 60%. In Britain, a government minister warns that honeybees could be extinct within a decade. In this fascinating book, two keen amateur apiarists investigate the claims and counterclaims with the help of scientists and beekeepers in Europe, America and beyond.And they ask the question that will soon be on everyone's lips: is there any possible way of saving the honeybees-and with them the world as we know it?

Honey by the Ton by Oliver Field
This book is written for all beekeepers who want to make money from their bees. Whether you have a dozen hives or two hundred, you will find guidance, information and encouragement here; the author has drawn on his many years experience of making a living from bees to show what is really involved in farming bees on a large scale

A Case of Hives by Len Heath
This is unequivocally a book for beginners. It seeks to help novices make up their minds about their choice of hive, rather than telling them what to do. Prof. Len Heath has put together the pros and cons of the different types of hives used in Britain today.

Me and the Bee by May Abbott
A 'bargain' in beehives was advertised for sale, and , on a crazy impulse, the author, who knew nothing at all about bees or beekeeping rushed off and bought it for her London surburban garden. In her ignorance, she thought she would be getting unlimited supplies of honey...but she little realized the costly adventures she was letting herself in for! Me and the Bee is both amusing and instructive. In its quieter passages it 'takes the lid off' the hive to give fascinating glimpses of the complicated life that goes on inside.

Teach yourself beekeeping by Frank Vernon
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, providing both a detailed knowledge of bees and the working of the hive, and the practical information needed to begin successful beekeeping. Topics covered range form a comparison of different types of hive available, to the art of handling bees, swarm control, and the production of honey.

Bee-Keeping by A N Schofield
The purpose of Bee-Keeping. The Colony of Bees. How to work for surplus Honey. The Occupiers of the Hive. Equipment. Swarming and swarm prevention. Honey production. Increase of stocks. The feeding of bees. Wintering of bees. General advice and points of etiquette. Disease of bees.

The Bee-Craftsman by H J Wadey
H J Wadeley, the son of a beekeeper, learned the craft from childhood and went on to a long life of experience. For many years he was a successful honey producer with apiaries in Sussex. In addition to this he was widly known and respected as the editor of the journal Bee Craft, a post he held for 33 years.

The Queen and I by Edward A Weiss
This is mostly a book for beginners, for those whose interest in bees has been stirred, but who have no idea how to become beekeepers. The author tells, in the finest detail, exactly what to do, and he has in mind readers who, like himself until quite recently, are utterly bewildered by apiculture. Woven into this manual however, is also the touching account of a deep love, and a tribute to the human spirit.

The Bee-Keepers Handbook by Herbert Mace
Designed to meet the needs of the beginner and the experienced beekeeper alike and written by a well known expert, The Bee-Keepers handbook embodies the most up-to-date science and practice of this ancient craft. Part 1 Elementary Bee-Keeping. Part 2 Advanced Bee-keeping. this gives invaluable information about bee-keeping on a larger scale.

The Honeybees of the British Isles By Beowulf A Cooper
This includes information On Native Bees, Supersedure, Mating Behaviour,Bee Breeding, Evaluation and selection and Propogation and mating.

Swarming its control and prevention by Snelgrove
The problem of controlling and preventing the swarming of bees has exercised men's minds ever since bees were first kept in hives. The invention of movable combs, which greatly increased the possibility of control, in some respects intensified the possibility of control, in some respects intensified the problem. This book includes a new method of Swarm prevention to Artificial swarm to Utilisation of Natural Swarm and the Causes of swarming.

Practical Queen Rearing by Frank C Pellett
The extent of the business of Queen rearing has greatly expanded in recent years to keep pace with the development of commercial honey production. Hundreds of queens are now reared where dozens were sufficient in years gone by. While many beekeepers buy their queens from commercial sources some will find it to their advantage to rear their own from selected stock. It is hoped that the methods herein described will be found satisfactory for either amateur or commercial operator.

The Introduction of Queen Bees by Snelgrove
The author is well known as a highly skilled practical beekeeper, and an original worker with bees, possesing a sound scientific education. He has already given us many ingenious ideas and inventions, such as the Snelgrove Board and system of swarm control, and some original methods of Queen introduction He has taken pains to investigate the early history of the subject dealt with in this book, and to give careful descriptions not only of his own work but also of all the best methods of Queen introduction in use.

Queen Rearing by Snelgrove
This book covers everything from the Importance of Queen-Rearing to Queen-Rearing in nature, through the, Utilisation of Natural Queen Cells to Rearing Queens in Artificial Queen-Cells and then onto using one strong stock for starting and completing Queen cells and finally finishing with The queen mating Apiary and Finding, Securing and Introducing Queens.

Practical Queen Rearing by Charles and Pauline Dublon
This is a ring binder type book that incorporates everything from the theory of queen rearing to the practical methods of queen rearing, from obtaining droneless, queenless bees to making a five frame nucleus. Also preparing drone raising stock to larval transfer by the Jenter method.

In search of the Best Strains of Bees by Brother Adam  (2 Copies)
This is a story type book about Brother Adam's journeys around the world in search of better bees. It also includes an evaluation of the different races and crosses. Lastly there is a conclusion.

World perspectives in Apiculture by Eva Crane
This includes the following chapters. The queen, new findings in bee research, The range of world beekeeping, Environmental problems Beekeeper and scientists as people, The past is important too, Honey and other hive products, Bees as pollinators, IBRA as an information resource, Bee world and IBRA : milestones 1950-1984 and Apiculture 1929-1979.

The Archaeology of Beekeeping by Eva Crane
This is the first book to explore the rich heritage of beekeeping archaeology with over 250 carefully chosen photographs and contemporary drawings. many of the discoveries have been made within the past 25 years and they are used to illustrate the diversity to be found in the history of honey hunting and beekeeping thoroughout the world.

The world history of beekeeping and honey hunting by Eva Crane
This is the first book to explore in detail the world history of man's use of bees from prehistoric times to the present day. This thoughtful synthesis gathers together a vast amount of information in an authorative but eminently readable text. It includes nearly 500 illustrations many of them contemporary drawings and previously unpublished photographs.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeeping edited by Roger Morse and Ted Hooper
Beginner and experienced beekeepers alike will find this comprehensive volume indispensible. Internationally known beekeeping authorities Roger A Morse and Ted Hooper have edited a definitive illustrated encyclopedia that contains more than five hundred entries written by over forty specialists from five continents. For those who want to obtain improved results in honey production  and bee management and for all who wish to broaden their knowledge of the practice and history of beekeeping. 

The Dance Language of Orientation of Bees by Karl von Frisch.
Bees are unique in the whole animal kingdom in the extent of their ability to communicate with one another. Karl von Frisch, probably the world's most renowned authority on bees, has devoted more than fifty years of his life to research into the language, their methods of orientation, and their sensory faculties.

The behaviour and social life of Honeybees. by Ronald Ribbands.
This book is a comprehensive review, designed to meet the needs of scientists, beekeepers and all readers who are interested in the natural history of insects. It is written in everyday English, without scientific jargon.  Understanding of these facts can help beekeepers in the intelligent pursuit of their craft; scientific aspects of many practical beekeeping problems are fully discussed. Farmers and fruit growers will be paticularly interested in the chapters concerned with pollination and with the possibility of directing honeybees to particular crops.

Communication among social Bees by Martin Lindauer.
The "language" by which bees communicate with one another is the subject of this fascinating, well-illustrated book. The author describes in detail the experiments  by which this language was deciphered. He explains how the forager bees tell others in the hive the direction and distance  to a newly discovered source of nectar.

Honeybee Ecology by Thomas D Seeley.
A study of Adaption in Social Life. Honeybees in Nature, The Honeybee Societies, The Annual Cycle of Colonies, Reproduction, Nest Building, Food Collection, Temperature Control, Colony Defence, Behavioural Ecology of Tropical Honeybees.

The Complete handbook of Bee-Keeping by Herbert Mace.
A new, completely revised edition of a classic handbook for all bee-keepers. Whether you are contemplating setting up one or two hives in your back garden, or looking forward to the time when you can expand your bee-keeping activities into the sphere of big business, you will find sound advice and a wealth of knowledge.

Bees and Mankind by John B Free
This book attempts to provide an account of the biology of bees, especially those with which man is associated, and to trace man's interest in them from prehistoric times to the present day. It is written in the hope that the reader will become as fascinated by bees and beekeeping as I am, and will appreciate the extent of our indebtidness to the bee. There is a great need to conserve and replenish populations of wild bees, and to encourage the use of honey bees not only for producing honey and wax, but for pollinating our crops and wild flowers, so enhancing the bounty and beauty of our world.

The world of the Honeybee by Colin G. Butler
Dr. Butler is head of the Bee Department of the famous research station at Rothamstead. His own discoveries (particularly the existence of "queen substance") are truly remarkable, and readers will find the mysteries of bee life wonderfully illuminated by the simple and compelling manner in which he marshals his facts and theories. Skilfully woven into the book are the results of the work of others- such as that of Von Frisch on the orientation of bees.

Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee by H.A.Dade
As suggested in the title this book is solely focussed on the anatomy of the Honeybee. The first part outlining the anatomy and the second part the dissection. There are many skilful drawings and to anybody interested in anatomy, looks to be a fascinating read.

A Manual of Beekeeping by E.B. Wedmore
This encyclopaedic work provides a comprehensive survey of beekeeping methods in all departments of the science. The system of arrangement enables immediate reference to be made to any practical detail. The work is the fruit of thirty years experience and no serious beekeeper should be without it.

The Hive and the Honeybee by Dadant and Sons
This book has been written and re-written over many years by different authors including Lorenzo, Lorraine, Langstroth, Dadant and his son. It covers anything you would possibly want it to from The Development of beekeeping to Disease and enemies of beekeeping and absolutely everything inbetween.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Honeybee by Snodgrass
This book covers General external structure, The head and its appendages, The Thorax and its appendages, The Abdomen, its glands and the sting, The Muscles, The alimentary canal, The circulatory system, The respiratory system, The fat body, The reproductive sytem, Development from cell to larva and Metamorphosis from Larva to Adult.

Honeybee Biology by Central association of Bee-Keepers publications
Again this is a book focused on the biology of Honeybees. It does also include lots of work on the Chemical communications and Chemical factors controlling bee behaviour. This book has been written by many different beekeepers, all specialists on their particular subject.

ABC and XYZ of Bee culture by The A.I. Root Bee Library
This is a fairly large book that as its name suggests covers everything you could possibly think of concerning beekeeping.