Around the same time every year we begin to receive requests from customers asking for exact dates and times that their bees will be ready. Unfortunately, it is just not possible to ever give an accurate timescale as everything is nature orientated. We understand it is exciting receiving your bees, but we want to ensure that you will be happy with them, so they do not leave us until we are confident with their state and progression. For this reason, every year we release an approximate guideline based on our experience over the years. Whilst we try to keep as close to these estimates these are not a guarantee, your bees could be ready later or earlier than the dates indicated due to factors (e.g.Weather) beyond our control and do not accept responsibility should these dates be taken as 100% accurate. We will always endeavour to keep this table updated on a weekly basis, we generally inspect all Nuc's every Monday till late evening and then will release bookings to the public that evening.

Please remember that every email & call only disturbs and delays our work, all information on this post will be consistently updated so please refer here wherever possible before contacting us. Please ensure you are checking the correct section and not confusing Overwintered Nucs & Spring Nucs.

Provisional Guidelines for distribution of bees in 2021.

COLLECTED OVERWINTERED NUCS
Odered from to Collection Date Status
1-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 3 April 2021 COMPLETED - THANK YOU
1-Nov-20 31-Dec-20 10 April 2021 BOOKINGS LIVE - EMAILS SENT
1-Jan-21 31-Jan-21 17 April 2021 BOOKINGS LIVE - EMAILS SENT
DELIVERED OVERWINTERED NUCS (Wednesday for weekday / Friday for Saturday)
Odered from to Delivery Week Status
1-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 12 April 2021 PREPARING BEES INTO TRAVEL BOXES
1-Nov-20 31-Dec-20 19 April 2021 TBC
1-Jan-21 31-Jan-21 26 April 2021 TBC
3LB PACKAGE BEES - COLLECTION ONLY
Odered from to Approximate Collection Status
Oct-20 Feb-21 29 May 2021 TBC
COLLECTED SPRING NUCS (Saturday collections only)
Odered from to Approximate Collection Status
1-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 8 May 2021 TBC
1-Nov-20 30-Nov-20 15 May 2021 TBC
1-Dec-20 31-Dec-20 22 May 2021 TBC
1-Jan-21 31-Jan-21 29 May 2021 TBC
1-Feb-21 15-Feb-21 5 June 2021 TBC
16-Feb-21 28-Feb-21 12 June 2021 TBC
1-Mar-21 15-Mar-21 19 June 2021 TBC
16-Mar-21 31-Mar-21 26 June 2021 TBC
1-Apr-21 Current 3 July 2021 TBC
Final collections Final collections 10 July 2021 TBC
DELIVERED SPRING NUCS (Wednesday for weekday / Friday for Saturday)
Odered from to Approximate Delivery Week Status
1-Oct-20 31-Oct-20 10 May 2021 TBC
1-Nov-20 30-Nov-20 17 May 2021 TBC
1-Dec-20 31-Dec-20 24 May 2021 TBC
1-Jan-21 15-Jan-21 31 May 2021 TBC
16-Jan-21 31-Jan-21 7 June 2021 TBC
1-Feb-21 15-Feb-21 14 June 2021 TBC
16-Feb-21 28-Feb-21 21 June 2021 TBC
1-Mar-21 15-Mar-21 28 June 2021 TBC
16-Mar-21 31-Mar-21 5 July 2021 TBC
1-Apr-21 Current 12 July 2021 TBC
Final dispatches Final dispatches 19 July 2021 TBC
FULL COLONIES / BEES FOR BUSINESS - COLLECTION ONLY
Odered from to Approximate Collection Status
Oct-20 Dec-20 29 May 2021 TBC
Jan-21 Mar-21 5 June 2021 TBC
Final collections Final collections 12 June 2021 TBC
BUCKFAST QUEENS
Currently, due to poor weather, we are not able to confirm the exact date of the first batch of Buckfast Queens. For this reason ALL APRIL DATES ARE UNCONFIRMED AT THIS TIME. Please also be aware that new BREXIT import requirements may mean that supply is nowhere near as consistent or as seamless as previous. Special Delivery is advised as First Class has been adversly affected during COVID-19.
CARNIOLAN QUEENS
Currently, due to poor weather, we are not able to confirm the exact date of the first batch of Carniolan Queens. For this reason ALL APRIL DATES ARE UNCONFIRMED AT THIS TIME. Please also be aware that new BREXIT import requirements may mean that supply is nowhere near as consistent or as seamless as previous. Special Delivery is advised as First Class has been adversly affected during COVID-19.
ESSEX BUCKFAST QUEENS
We are expecting Essex Buckfast Queens as of end mid May 2021 onwards. Special Delivery is advised as First Class has been adversly affected during COVID-19.

We will be in contact with you, to arrange convenient collection / dispatch dates so please remember we are not office based and we are activily working on sites with bees and phone calls can disturb and delay our work. We will never dispatch your bees without your prior knowledge and agreement, we are dealing with livestock and will ensure someone is available your end to accept the parcel. Do not panic and expect your bees to arrive without your agreement.

Please ensure you are keeping an eye on your emails as this will be our first point of contact - including spam folder!

Collection Address
BS Honey Bees 
Unit A1, Badgeworth Livery Centre
Cold Pool Lane
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL51 4UP
01452 645635
Visits strictly by appointment only

Coming from the M5 Motorway - Take exit 11 and follow signage to Regency Cheltenham, onto the A40. At the round about take the 4th Exit (by Travel Lodge / KFC). At the next round about take 3rd exit (Straight over with B&Q on your left & BMW on your right). Straight over the next round about and over the railway bridge. You will shortly see a right turning signposted "Cold Pool Lane", turn right and you will see the yard on the left hand side (Signposted "Badgeworth Livery Centre"). There is 2 entrances, please use the secondary entrance to the yard (by the telegraph pole) and follow our signs (observing a 5MPH limit).

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