Bees In Our Community Resources

Bees In Our Community (BIOC) has collected a wealth of information over the years. Where it is copyright and royalty free and suitable for general reading, BIOC has endeavoured to add these resources to share with the worldwide community.


Please feel free to open or download any files as you feel fit. Some files are quite large!

Downloads - PLANS (re: 2024 BBKA articles):

The BBKA magazine is running a series of articles called In The Workshop during 2024. I will offer downloads of the articles with some extra details below. Each download will be uploaded just before the magazines are scheduled to hit the doormats.

STAND Design
Relates to the Jan 2024 BBKA magazine In The Workshop article, with a few more pictures and details
STAND Design - In The Workshop.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.9 MB]
STAND Leg Template
To be used to make the stand detailed in the above download. This file should print to produce a full size leg template. Length can be adapted to suit your needs and/or the available wood.
STAND Leg Template.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
To be used to make a simple DIY floor for your beehive. The design can also be used as a crown board, if desired.
FLOOR and CROWN BOARD Design - In The Wo[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [13.5 MB]
BOX Design
To be used to make a simple DIY brood box or super for your beehive. The design can also be used as for a nuc box, if desired.
BOX Design - In The Workshop.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.6 MB]
To be used to make a simple DIY base for a Bait Hive (also known as a Swarm Hive/Box). The design can be used in conjunction with a standard National brood box or similar.
Adobe Acrobat document [4.2 MB]


Masses has been written about bees and beekeeping. Below are some examples of the many documents and books available on the subject.

Basic Beekeeping Manual
72 pages. A good initial read to introduce people to the range of beekeeping setups used worldwide.
Basic Beekeeping Manual.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [12.1 MB]
An Introduction To Bees In Britain
All you need to know about bees in the British Isles
An Introduction to Bees in Britain.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.5 MB]
Beekeeping For All
Another interesting read
Adobe Acrobat document [8.7 MB]
Bees and Beekeeping
Bees and Beekeeping.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [243.7 KB]
Beehive Construction
Beehive construction.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [936.0 KB]
Dadant System of Beekeeping - 40 Years Amongst the Bees
Dadant System of Beekeeping - C.P. Danda[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]
Every Step in Beekeeping
Every step in Beekeeping - Charles Dougl[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]
Hive Locations
Hive Locations.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [631.4 KB]
Plants and Beekeeping
Plants and Beekeeping - F.N. Howes (1945[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [26.8 MB]
So You Want To Keep Bees
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]
The First Year of Beekeeping
The first year of beekeeping.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.7 MB]
Towards Sustainable Beekeeping
Adobe Acrobat document [112.1 KB]
What's Happening to our Bees?
Whats happening to our Bees 1210.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]
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