A Magazine Subscription- Natural Bee Husbandry- 4 Issues Annually
NATURAL BEE HUSBANDRY The new journal for api-centred beekeeping
Published 4 times per year, print subscription
This October will see the launch of a brand new journal ‘Natural Bee Husbandry’.
‘Natural Bee Husbandry’ will focus on the type of beekeeping which is currently described in many ways - sustainable beekeeping, bee-centred beekeeping, apicentric beekeeping, sensitive beekeeping, bee-friendly beekeeping, etc. It will be of special interest to beekeepers who have for many reasons moved away from keeping their colonies in conventional hives, who prefer their bees to be kept in hives more suited to the bees’ needs rather than for the beekeepers ease of management, and who allow the bees to carry out their lives with very little interference, allowing them to build comb freely and to swarm and produce their own queens. In addition to this, such beekeepers refrain from using chemicals for the control of pests and diseases and strive to create an environment in their apiaries and gardens which will give the bees at least some year-round forage.
The archaic word ‘husbandry’ was purposely chosen. Firstly, it describes not just management, but management with care and responsibility for one’s charges, just as in olden days it referred to man’s relationship with his household, livestock, the crops that he grew - and yes, too, his immediate environment. Secondly, many forms of natural beekeeping of today have their roots in the traditional crafts of the past, when natural local materials were used for the construction of their hives. The use of plastic is abhorrent to such beekeepers, so is exploiting the bees to the full for whatever hive products can be gleaned from them. Indeed, many natural beekeepers are pleased to keep bees just to help redress the fall in numbers, for the valuable pollination work that they do and for the sheer pleasure of seeing them at close quarters outside their homes or flying around their gardens.
The first issue of the magazine will be available from October 2016
John Phipps, Editor