Bees and beekeeping links


Dave Cushman created the best British web site, with a wealth of detail about beekeeping practices and detailed drawings of equipment. Dave will be sadly missed.

marking and clipping: methods of picking up queen, marking and clipping her wings

BIBBA the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association, International, with most members in the UK and Ireland. Many specialise in supporting the native bee of the area and breeding in the best characters, harvest size, good temper and disease resistance, latterly varroa tolerance. Local groups support members with the same ideas.

BIBBA East Midlands Group with a long history of local member co-operation

BBKA the British Beekeepers' Association, the association for hobbyists and sideliners, with some commercial members

Beedata Beekeeping database provided by Northern Bee Books who have funded the work freely

NBU National Bee Unit of the UK, providing an information resource for beekeepers and a place to report you hive numbers and keep them up to date.

IBRA International Bee Research Association based in the University of Cardiff. Journals and library, lending facilities

Stratford upon Avon Beekeepers, a BBKA member association with an excellent web site, with many articles and notes on a variety of subjects

Graham Law frequently asked questions.

useful for beginners a set of introductory articles based on frequently asked questions

Thorne's National suppliers with excellent postal delivery, with agents around the country

National Bee Supplies at Okehampton in Devon, UK agent for Thomas

inexpensive microscopes suitable for examining varroa, good assistance

Brian Sherriff beekeepers clothing and a lot more, world famous and used everywhere

BB Wear beekeepers' clothing

Bees for Development supporting beekeepers and beekeeping in developing countries


The Galtee Breeding site running for many years and supplying apis mellifera mellifera queens with excellent characters

Micheál and Joan Mac Giolla Coda's web site

BWARS Gallery of Solitary bees, bumblebees and one yellow honeybee, plus wasps and ants (Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society). Many excellent pictures to encourage you to observe bumblebees and solitary bees as well as wasps and ants.


Apiservices by Gilles Rattia, the most comprehensive continental web site, with links to suppliers, articles and much more


Swienty supplier of the swienty-bine mini-nucleus and Apidea and all beekeeping equipment - excellent English spoken and written, speedy return of orders

New Zealand

Peter Molan and the Honey Research Unit (HRU) Manuka honey's antibiotic properties


Beekeeping in Australia


Allen Dick's rich site from a well known and well respected contributor to the Bee List

about hygienic bees on Allen's web site


American National Honey Board - "Which conducts research and marketing programs for the USA's honey industry, shares its latest research findings, recipes and answers to frequently-asked honey questions"

Bee Culture the magazine of American beekeeping. Archived articles, MacGregor's handboook on pollination and more.

Beesource: Interesting archives of many alternative views

Glenn Apiaries Breeder Queens with Suppressed Mite Reproduction (SMR)now known as Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) and links to original research on SMR and VSH

Dennis Murrell's, now archived site, is devoted to top bar beekeeping. He shows how the bees vary their cell size according to the season and their needs. Essential resource for those contemplating either top-bar beekeeping or trying out small cell beekeeping. Another archive.


Irishbeekeeping the informal international mailing list of mainly Irish and British beekeepers.

Bee List The Bee List, the international mailing list of approx 1,000 members from the beekeeping and entomological community World Wide. An excellent source of information on all things relating to beekeeping.

Bees for Development Trust "ensures that beekeepers working in poor countries have access to the information they need. Donate online, UK taxpayers via Gift Aid.

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