All free, except for three

“Beekeeping for All” by Abbé Warré: This book should be read by all Warré beekeepers.

You may download the free book here.

One may take the downloaded PDF to a local printer to have it bound for handy for reference, or one may order the published book online. is an excellent site with pages dedicated to beekeeping using the hive developed by Abbé Émile Warré, containing Warré plans, methods, modifications, precursers and much else. It is a highly recommended website. See it here: or here:

"Nine Lectures on Bees" by Rudolf Steiner: The unconscious wisdom contained in the beehive and how this relates to the human experiences of health, civilization, and the cosmos is amply described in this unique free book.

"Natural Beekeeping with the Warré Hive" -- A Manual and "The Bee-friendly Beekeeper" by Dr. David Heaf are excellent books on Warré beekeeping and beekeeping in general. Mr. Heaf, a beekeeper and champion for honeybees, has observed, researched and written to provide huge help for beekeepers and honeybees.

An e-group for Warré beekeeping can be joined via or by sending an email to This Warré group is intended for all those interested in bee-friendly, sustainable beekeeping based on the hive of Abbé Emile Warré.

"The Practical Beekeeper" Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush. This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping.  The complete content of this extensive book is also available free online.


"At the Hive Entrance" by  H. Storch

A classic in beekeeping literature, this manual describes the many things that can be learned about internal hive conditions by observing the behavior of honey bees at the hive entrance.


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"The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism" by Jürgen Tautz

In contrast to the view of bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by a queen, Tautz introduces them as a "superorganism", a self organizing and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.

"The Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping" by Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer
This is one of the best beginners book I have read. An exceptionally fine and inexpensive book on natural beekeeping.

Dr. Stashenko’s list of honeybee plants has extensive information about planting for honeybees.

The Melissa Garden is a honeybee, native pollinator and habitat garden sanctuary practicing holistic and biodynamic beekeeping.

Catching a swarm in a garden.

Swarms and Swarm Trapping - A lecture by Professor Seeley about swarm decisions.

A Field Guide to Honeybees and Their Maladies by Pennsylvania State College

Bait Hives for Honeybees

Varroa mites: To treat or not to treat - A short talk on hive treatments by Dr. David Heaf


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