Thank you for your interest in our nucleus colonies.
Our 2021 overwintered nucleus reservation list is now FULL.
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Overwintered 2021 Nucleus Colonies are headed by a 2020 F1 Buckfast/Welsh Black Overwintered Queen. They are incredibly gentle and productive queens with an excellent pedigree for temperament and honey production.
They will be available in April/May 2021, depending on overwintering weather conditions.
We will notify you two weeks in advance of availability for either collection or delivery orders via text message.
We will contact you via phone one week prior to collection/delivery to arrange for payment of remaining balance. £20/£50 deposit is non refundable.
The overwintered nucs are strictly limited in number and sell out every year, so reserve yours today by placing a deposit (£20 for collection/£50 for delivered nucs) to secure your order.
We send the Overwintered Nucs in a used poly nuc (Paynes, Maisemore or BS Honey Bees) and it will be the same nuc in which the colony has overwintered. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee which type of poly nuc you will receive.
Collection only by prior appointment from CH7, North Wales or delivery to mainland UK for £30 extra - see options in checkout.
Collected - 6 frame national nucleus colony in poly nuc - £275 - £20 deposit
Delivered - 6 frame national nucleus colony in poly nuc - £300 - £50 deposit
14 x 12
Collected - 6 frame 14 x 12 nucleus colony in poly nuc - £325 - £20 deposit
Delivered - 6 frame 14 x 12 nucleus colony in poly nuc - £350 - £50 deposit
Deposits are non refundable and full balance must be paid prior to delivery/collection.
Overwintered 6 Frame Nucleus Colonies
Buckfast bees are yellow to brown in color and resemble what many people consider when picturing a honey bee.
Buckfast bees are a hybrid. They were developed in the 20th century by Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey in southwest England. The stock was imported to the United States, by way of Canada, and is now readily available in the US.
Buckfast bees do well in cool climates. They are very gentle, easy to work with and are excellent honey producers. They have a low tendency to swarm and are economical in the use of winter stores.
Cold, wet winters are the norm for Buckfast bees, so they’re accustomed to building up the hive size quickly in the spring.