Bee Hive Plans

Here you'll find bee hive plans you can download for free.

If you don't mind a little basic woodwork, you could save yourself a fair amount of money, and you may well be able to use up a few of those odds and ends of wood off-cuts lying around in the shed.

These are top bar hive plans, because these hives are more suited to some of the principles of Natural Beekeeping which is the type of beekeeping I personally favour.

So here are the plans - click on the links below (-note, some of these documents may take a little time to download, and each of these links opens a new window):


Warré Hive - Metric
Compiled by Dr David Heaf, who wonderfully translated Abbé Émile Warré's book "Beekeeping For All", this is a metric version of plans for the 'People's Hive', designed by Abbé Émile Warré.



Roger Delon's Warré Hive
Roger Delon was a beekeeper who favoured the Warré hive. This PDF contains not only construction detail, but also some interesting information in which Roger Delon shares his experience and knowledge of Warré beekeeping.



Top Bar Beehive
In this 40 page download, Phil Chandler shares step by step, how to build a top bar bee hive. He even provides a recipe for an eco friendly wood preservative. This is very important - some wood coatings now contain neonicotinoid pesticides. Personally, I wouldn't want such products anywhere near my garden, let alone near my bee hive.



Finally, if you missed it on one of the other pages, I thought you might be interested in this lovely free beekeeping book, written by Abbé Émile Warré: Beekeeping For All, , again, translated by that lovely man, Dr David Heaf. Enjoy!



Please keep coming back as I add new information to this section of my site, including more bee hive plans.





How to Start Beekeeping
Link from Bee Hive Plans to main beekeeping section of the site.


Natural Beekeeping
Link from Bee Hive Plans to this brief introduction to principles of Natural Beekeeping. Natural beekeeping aims to keep chemicals out of the hive, and ensure minimal 'interference' from the beekeeper. Degrees of practice vary, but it appears to be a growing movement in beekeeping.


Honey Bee Deaths Explored
Links to lots of information about honey bee deaths, such as CCD, habitat, pesticides, and so on.


Bee Plants
If you want to start beekeeping, you may need to fill your garden with lots of bee plants. Here you'll find calendarised lists of garden plants, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, herbs and even fruit and vegetables that attract bees.


Beekeeping Videos
Take a look at these great videos about beekeeping.


Bees Quiz
How much do you know about bees? Why not take a fun quiz?


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