Heather Honey: a Comprehensive Guide

Michael Badger, MBE

384  pages. full colour

Will be available from Bee Craft at the National Honey Show 27-29 October 2016, and to pre-order via the Bee Craft shop

Heather Honey book

Heather Honey: A Comprehensive Guide. Michael Badger, MBE

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

11 Foreword

15 Introduction ……………………………………………………………..

17 Section 1: Heather Moorland, its Ecology and Man the Beekeeper

17 A History of How the Heather Moorlands Came About to the Present Time

27 From Honey Hunter to Beekeeper

62 The Heather Plants …………………………………………………….

72 The Heather Moorlands of the British Isles …………………….

74 The Heather Honeys …………………………………………………..

94 Choosing a Moorland Heather Site ……………………………..

102 Section 1 Suggested Further Reading …………………………..

Section 2: Heather Honey Production Strains of Bees for Honey Production………………………….

123 Types of Hive for Working Heather ……………………………..

150 Systems of Management for Bell Heather Honey Production ……………………………………………….

183 Systems of Management for Ling Heather Honey Production ………………………………………………

204 Moving Bees to the Moors and Siting Hive Stances ………..

235 Methods Used to Extract and Process Heather Honey …….

245 The Return from the Heather Moors …………………………

290 From Hive to Market: Presentation ……………………………..

298 Ling Heather Honey for Exhibition ……………………………..

303 Final Considerations…………….…………………………………..

311 Section 2 Suggested Further Reading …………………………..

Section 3: Historical Aspects of Heather and Other Floral Honey Production

A Brief History of Taking Bees to the Heather and Little-known Facts ……………………………………………….

317 Heather Honey for Medicinal Purposes ……………………….

Appendices

324Appendix A: Fermentation and Hydroxymethyfurfural (HMF) ……………………………….

359 Appendix B: The Dyce Method of Producing Crystallised Honey ………………………………………………

364 Appendix C: A Method of Producing Soft-set Honey with Ling Heather Honey ……………………………………..

367 Appendix D: Varroa Control for Heather Stocks ……………

372 Indexes General ………………………………………………………………….

374 People  ………………………………………………………………….

381 Places  ……………………………………………………………………

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