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- Bee foraging season – a nicely laid out North London Beekeepers fact sheet showing flowering times by month of some popular bee flowers
- The Bee Photographer – Superb closeups by supreme bee photographer Eric Tourneret of bees in all sorts of situations and countries. See his YouTube channel for videos.
- Flowers by month – London area flower timings, written by Mark Patterson for the London Beekeeping Association (LBKA)
- Pollen chart – interactive with toggles for different seasons, from Sheffield beekeepers
- Pollen guide – Bristol Beekeeping Association have produced an interactive pollen guide, access by clicking on ‘Pollen guide’ along their top navigation menu
- Pollen and honey guide – Romsey Beekeepers Association chart on the honey and pollen properties of common English flowers
- Reading Beekeepers Association – the association’s free monthly newsletters are very detailed and interesting
- ‘There are queen cells in my hive – what should I do?‘ – An incredibly helpful Welsh Assembly Guide.
- UV flower markings – use this database by nature photographer Bjørn Rørslett to see how flowers appear to bees (select the ‘UV flowers’ link from left-hand menu)
- Beebase – National Bee Unit official advice on disease control
- Healthy bees plan – Free quarterly FERA ‘healthy bees’ newsletters to download
- ScientificBeekeeping.com – beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist. Randy Oliver scours scientific papers for the latest info on combating pests and diseases.
Beekeeping blogs (my favourites)
- The Apiarist – A Scottish beekeeper and scientist; David Evans both really knows his stuff and will make you chortle with his entertaining writing
- Honey Bee Suite – Rusty lives in Washington and is amazing. A very experienced beekeeper with an Environmental Studies masters; she takes both a scientific and humorous approach to her blogging.
- Icelandic Beekeeping Association – fascinating info on beekeeping in the Land of Fire & Ice (choose ‘In English’ from the left hand menu if you prefer to read it in English!
- Kiwimana – New Zealand beekeepers Gary and Margaret blog, produce podcasts and sell beekeeping supplies from their online shop.
- Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association – has very useful free downloadable BBKA exam module study notes
- Miss Apis Mellifera – a beautifully illustrated aromatherapy/beekeeping blog by Emma Tennant, who used to be my beekeeping buddy
- Mud Songs – Canadian blog included as they have to put up with even colder, wetter beekeeping than I do, in Newfoundland
- Talking with bees – British beekeeping with a sense of humour
Beekeeping related charities – support these if you can!
- Adopt a beehive – BBKA scheme allowing you to adopt a UK beehive of your choice.
- Bees Abroad – a small UK charity which supports beekeeping projects in developing countries. Sells cute bee themed Christmas cards.
- Bees for Development – a great charity which works to promote sustainable beekeeping in developing countries by providing beekeepers abroad with a free quarterly journal providing practical advice on beekeeping and management techniques.
- Bumblebee Conservation Trust – aims to help UK bumblebees by preventing further declines and raising awareness of the problems bumblebees face.
- Friends of the Bees – a UK charity founded to conserve and protect bees, to educate people about bees and to research and promote more natural beekeeping methods.
- Hives Save Lives – a UK charity which aims to alleviate poverty in Africa by providing beekeeper training, beehives, equipment and materials to communities in need, so that they can sell honey and related products.
- Hymettus – a UK charity which provides advice on conserving bees, ants and wasps within Great Britain and Ireland. Has free information sheets on gardening for bumblebees on its website.
- Landlife – a UK charity which helps create areas of wildflowers which provide vital forage for bees and other wildlife. Sells wildflower seed mixes.
- Urban bees – a group dedicated to bringing bees to cities. On a mission to promote sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping to a new generation of urban beekeepers through education and training.
Art, gifts and jewellery
- Anna de Ville – pretty silver honey and bumble bee earrings
- Christine Farmer – very detailed pencil drawings of bees, every hair is visible
- Creature Candy – bee mugs, stationery and soap
- Entomology 1 – vibrantly colourful paintings of native bees by art students
- Eric Tourneret – books containing Eric’s fascinating bee photos
- Louise Bird – bumble bee painter and printmaker
- Pencil and Leaf – beautiful bumble and honey bee cards, print and book by artist Valerie Littlewood
- Rose-Lynn Fisher – incredibly magnified photos of bees, published in her book, BEE
- Sophie Allport – a supporter of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Sophie makes fine bone china, textiles and stationery in a variety of patterns, including bees
Gardening for bees
- beehappyplants.co.uk – source of wildflower and other bee-friendly plant seeds
- The best garden flowers for bees – bumblebee expert Professor Dave Goulson has a pretty A-Z page full of photos and explanations of the best garden flowers for bees, from Allium to Wisteria
- Flowers for bees: Pollinator-friendly plants – the London Beekeepers’ Association website has lots of fascinating resources, including a colour-coded matrix and monthly charts with photos of the best flowers
- Gardening for bees – British Beekeeping Association advice
- Rosybee – supplier of bee-friendly plants, grown without any pesticides.
- Plants for pollinators – flower lists from The Royal Horticultural Society
- Top ten plants for bees – a simple list of bee-friendly, good looking, easy to grow and low-maintenance flowers by London beekeeper Dale Gibson
- Trees to feed the bees – a post with lists and photos of bee-friendly British trees by the community project group River of Flowers