PRE ORDER FOR MAY 2020 - Our 5 frame nucs are supplied in a free reusable correx travel box with a marked 2020 mated Buckfast queen. Reared up early in the season to begin distribution May onward (weather permitting*). Provided on British Standard National frames with brood at all stages and bees. It is important you read all the description before ordering
Our nucs are in very high demand so order early to avoid disappointment - first come first serve!
5 Frame Nucleus supplied with a family of Buckfast bees headed by a newly mated unclipped marked 2020 (Blue) Buckfast queen to begin supply May 2020* onward (Weather & BREXIT Permitting*).
Ideal way to start beekeeping is to purchase a nuc and with our docile bees it is perfect for beginners whilst still maintaining required traits for production, disease resistance and low swarming tendencies.
Your nuc will be supplied to you with brood at all stages (capped brood, larvae, and eggs) and a sufficient amount of stores**. All of our nucs are made early in the season with the queen supplied allowing them to build up themselves. These are NOT thrown together last minute with a caged queen like many other suppliers.
All our breeding hives are treated for varroa routinely in the spring & autumn, we are also fully DASH accredited suppliers so you can rest assured your bees will be in prime condition on collection / arrival.
Our nucs are supplied on British Standard DN4 National frames (Hoffman spacing 432mm x 356mm) which is suitable for a National Hive & WBC, inside our own bespoke free correx travel box. Please note these will fit inside of a 14x12 hive but you will have to slowly migrate to your larger frame size. Unfortunately it is not commercially viable for us to produce on several different frame sizes. You can use these in a Langstroth hive by using cable ties to secure a national frame to the top and side bars of a standard Langstroth frame with the bottom bars removed but entirely at your own risk.
We have many happy customers throughout the UK. Check the reviews, pictures and videos above to see how docile our bees really are.
PAYMENT FOR COLLECTED NUCS IS AN INITIAL NON REFUNDABLE £100 DEPOSIT WITH £120 PAYABLE ON COLLECTION (CASH / BANK TRANSFER PRIOR).
YOU ARE WELCOME TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT PRIOR WHICH INCLUDES A NON REFUNDABLE £100 DEPOSIT (Selecting the full payment option)
PAYMENT FOR POSTED NUCS IS THE FULL PRICE OF £220 PLUS POST – INCLUDING A NON REFUNDABLE £100 DEPOSIT.
MAIN LAND UK NEXT DAY BEFORE 1PM POSTAGE PRICES - Please note that postage is at your own risk, we always recommend you collect.
Weekday Nuc Postage - £30 per Nuc (Via Royal Mail Special Delivery before 1pm - Fully Insured)
Saturday Nuc Postage - £38 per Nuc (Via Royal Mail Special Delivery before 1pm Saturday - Fully Insured)
We ONLY use Royal Mail to post Bees as they are the only courier that manually handle each consignment. Not only do they not use conveyor belts like big couriers they are the only courier legally that can carry live insects. Be wary of suppliers offering via normal couriers as they will likely be handled badly!
Prices quoted are for UK only - we do not post overseas or to Ireland.
We accept the following payment options – Debit / Credit Card (via Global Payments), Paypal, Instant Bank Transfer, Cheque (20 days processing time), Phone payment & Barclays PingIt.
Once your order has been placed you will receive a confirmation email of your order and payment. Only when your deposit is received your order is secured. Our first point of contact will be via email so please be sure to enter a valid email address so we can arrange a collection / dispatch date suitable for you. If we do not receive a response via email your nuc will be offered to the next customer in the queue - unfortunately we just do not have the resources to chase customers consistently. We will contact you to make arrangements when we know your bees are ready, only at this point we can give you accurate timescales. Persistent calling will not help matters.
COLLECTIONS - Due to the time constraints we are under in the spring we can only offer collections on Saturdays between 8:00-13:00 (unless explicitly agreed before hand), we specifically dedicate Saturday to collections due to the amount of logistics behind the scenes required for rounding up nucs early AM. We are able to defer your collection to the following 2 weeks unless you are at the end of the order list (generally July). We are unable to delay collections further than this otherwise they will require additional management to prevent swarming. Any additional delays will be charged a hive management fee of £20 + VAT per week.
POSTAGE - Due to the time constraints we are under in the spring we can only offer postage dispatches on Wednesdays (for Thursday arrival) or Fridays for Saturday postage customers (unless explicitly agreed before hand). These are days we specifically dedicate to postage due to the amount of logistics behind the scenes required for bulk postage of Nucs. We are able to defer your dispatch to the following 2 weeks unless you are at the end of the order list (generally July). We are unable to delay dispatches further than this otherwise they will require additional management to prevent swarming. Any additional delays will be charged a hive management fee of £20 + VAT per week.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Due to BREXIT and our supply of Queens from Europe (to create our orders from our UK stock) please be aware there may be further delays in the event of a NO DEAL BREXIT as trading with our European Breeders is what our breeding operation is totally reliant upon. There could also be further delays should a deal mean importation of Queens becomes slower & more costly thus we reserve the right to cancel & refund any order in the event of this situation. In 2019 we imported 3900 Queens and we expect 2020 demand to rise, breeding that sort of quantity early whilst maintaining our usual high quality is not possible in the UK. We thank you for your understanding and hope that you realise the situation and pressure we are under to keep our breeding operation going but this is totally in the hands of Politicians & the PM. The last thing we want to do is cancel orders and close our breeding operation. Daniel & Tristan
* We cannot offer an exact collection date, please remember this is nature and we cannot control the weather so please bear that in mind when placing your order. Any updates can be seen on our News & Updates section..
** Please note - depending on the time of year stores may vary, e.g. during April / May there is a strong flow of oil seed rape so a larger amount of honey could be expected. Nucs will initially benefit from feeding to establish into a stronger colony when moved into a full size box as demonstrated in our installation video.
Queens used in our nucs are imported from Europe from reputable breeders.
If the product you receive is not as described or low quality, the seller promises that you may return it before order completion (when you click ‘Confirm Order Received’ or exceed confirmation timeframe) and receive a full refund. The return shipping fee will be paid by you. Or, you can choose to keep the product and agree the refund amount directly with the seller.
If you do not receive your purchase within 60 days, you can ask for a full refund before order completion (when you click ‘Confirm Order Received’ or exceed confirmation timeframe). Please be aware that live bees are exempt from this as they are produced to order and we are at the will of nature.