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Advisory Leaflets, Training Manuals & Fact Sheets

Advisory Leaflets:

  • Managing Varroa pdf (Last updated Dec 2013)
  • Small Hive Beetle pdf (Last updated Dec 2013)
  • Foulbrood Disease of Honey Bees pdf (Last updated May 2013)
  • Tropilaelaps: Parasitic Mites of Honey Bees pdf (Last updated Dec 2013)
  • Common Pests, Diseases and Disorders of the Adult Honey Bee (pdf) (last updated Dec 2013)
  • The National Bee Unit pdf (Last updated May 2009)
     - Please note this leaflet is no longer available in hard copy.


Best Practice Guidelines:

Beginning in 2010 the National Bee Unit is putting together a series of Best Practice Guidelines, which will cover the essentials of the craft of beekeeping. These will be placed on BeeBase as they come available.

Fact Sheets:
(All fact sheets updated January 2010 unless stated otherwise)

  • Bee Safaris (pdf)
  • Second-hand Equipment (pdf) updated June 2013                                         
  • Containing Disease (pdf)                              
  • Replacing Comb (pdf) updated May 2013                                                                  
  • Apiary Hygiene and Quarantine (pdf) updated October 2013
  • Pyrethroid Resistance (pdf) updated November 2013                                                          
  • Beltsville Test (pdf) updated February 2014
  • Fumigating Comb (pdf)  updated March 2014                                                        
  • Small Hive Beetle Control (pdf) updated March 2014
  • Open Mesh Floors (pdf) updated March 2014                                                          
  • Estimating Varroa Populations, Updated August 2013 (pdf)
  • Celle Rotation (pdf)                                                                       
  • Drone Brood Removal (pdf)
  • Artificial Swarm (pdf)                                                                      
  • Shook Swarm (pdf)
  • Queen Trapping (pdf)
  • Swarm Control (when you can't see the Queen) (pdf)                        
  • Wax Moth (pdf)                                                                             
  • PDB and Napthalene (pdf)
  • Integrated Pest Management and Acarine (pdf)                                
  • Disease Liaison Co-Ordinators (pdf)                    
  • Care of Colonies after Shook Swarm (pdf)
  • OTC Treatments (pdf)                                                                   
  • EFB Control (pdf)
  • Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Control (pdf)      
  • Simple Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Control (pdf)  
  • Disinfection (pdf) Updated February 2011
  • Plastic Hives (pdf) updated April 2013
  • Wasps (pdf) Updated October 2010
  • Value of Pollination (pdf)
  • Bumblebees (pdf)
  • Helping Bees (pdf) updated July 2013
  • Bee Medicaments (pdf) updated April 2013
  • Preparing honey bee colonies for winter (pdf) updated May 2013
  • Asian Hornet Trap - French Design (pdf) updated September 2013
  • Asian Hornet Trap - Simplified Version, Fera Design (pdf) updated May 2013
  • Hive Cleaning and Sterilisation (pdf) updated March 2014
  • Solitary Bees (pdf) updated October 2013

Healthy Bees Plan:

International Beekeeping Training Manuals:

The development of this basic beekeeping manual was sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation in 2009 and has been produced in many languages. If you are travelling oversees and wish to print off copies of the relevant manuals to take with you, the PDF versions can be found below.

Shona Advanced Beekeeping Manual
Shona Basic Beekeeping Manual
English Advanced Beekeeping Manual
English Basic Beekeeping Manual
French Advanced Beekeeping Manual
French Basic Beekeeping Manual
Chichewa Basic Beekeeping Manual
Hausa Basic Beekeeping Manual
Kinyarwanda Basic Beekeeping Manual
Swahili Basic Beekeeping Manual