PRE ORDER FOR MID APRIL 2020 - Buckfast queens are the result of the pioneering breeding work of the Benedictine monk "Brother Adam", who travelled all over the globe to create the "perfect bee". PRE ORDER ONLY
Available for dispatch during April - September 2020. Marked & OPEN Mated Buckfast Queens. We recommend for guaranteed next day arrival to select "Special Delivery" on the shipping page. We cannot be held responsible for loss in transit or delayed delivery if you do not use a guaranteed service. Royal Mail will only offer assistance tracing Special Delivery items and will offer no help what so ever on First Class items, use at your own risk.
As of June 2019 onward any cancelled Queen orders will incur a £5 restocking / admin fee. As Queen's are perishable items it is not good for them to be kept longer than required as a result of a cancellation.
Queens will arrive in an introduction cage marked Blue for 2020 and unclipped. Please note to beginners - you cannot start a colony with a queen only, you require either a full hive, package or a nuc.
Queens are only posted Monday-Thursday to avoid being in the post during the weekend. Only queens specified for Saturday delivery will be posted Fridays.
Postage cut off time is 8AM. Orders after this time may be posted the following working day.
For Saturday Delivery please select "Royal Mail Saturday Guaranteed" in the checkout.
If you wish your queen to be dispatched on a certain date please select this when ordering (those without dates will be dispatched ASAP), please remember we do not dispatch Saturdays or Sundays and Fridays are restricted to Saturday postage customers only. All queens require a signature on arrival - no exceptions.
Queens generally can be kept caged safely for about 5 days after arrival when kept in a cool dark place and watered twice a day.
QUEEN POSTAGE PRICES
Special Delivery Next Day before 1pm (£500 Insurance)
1 - 5 Queens £7.00
6 - 25 Queens £7.50
26 - 50 Queens £9.00
51 - 100 Queens £11.50
Special Delivery Saturday Delivery before 1pm (£500 Insurance)
1 - 5 Queens £11.00
6 - 25 Queens £12.00
26 - 50 Queens £13.50
£51 - 100 Queens £17.00
First Class Large Letter (1-3 Day Service)
1 - 5 Queens £2.50
First Class Parcel (1-3 Day Service)
6 - 100 Queens £7.00
We accept the following payment options – Credit / Debit Card (via Worldpay), Paypal (Debit/Credit Card), Instant Bank Transfer, Card over the phone, Cheque (20 days processing time).
Provided with instructions for successful introduction**, see the product videos above for a more detailed installation guide.
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
Imported from Greece / Italy
The Buckfast bee is a honey bee a cross of many species of bees into a stable race developed by "Brother Adam", (born Karl Kehrle on 3 August 1898 in Germany), who was in charge of beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, where the bees are still bred today.
In the early 20th century bee populations were being decimated by Isle of Wight disease. This condition, later called "acarine" disease, after the acarine parasitic mite that invaded the bees' tracheal tubes and shortened their lives, was killing off thousands of colonies in the British Isles in the early part of the 20th century.
In 1916, Brother Adam discovered a feral colony which was a hybrid between A.m. ligurica (North Italian) and A.m. mellifera (English). Brother Adam collected the bees and from this began to develop what would come to be known as the Buckfast bee.
The Buckfast bee is popular among beekeepers and is available from bee breeders in Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and more. Most of the Buckfast bee's qualities are very favorable. They are extremely gentle and highly productive. Brother Adam, in his book, Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey writes that in 1920 they obtained "an average of no less than 192 lbs surplus per colony and individual yields exceeding 3 cwt [approx. 336 lbs]." In the 1986 BBC-affiliated documentary, The Monk and the Honey Bee, more than 400 pounds of honey are reported to have been produced by a single Buckfast colony. According to Brother Adam, "The average annual honey yield over the last thirty years has been 30 kg (66 lb.) per colony. Thus we have a favourable balance compared with the average production in America or in Europe.
*Only shipped next day if instant payment such as bank transfer or paypal is used. Cheques need to be cleared prior to post. Postage cut off time is 8am Monday-Friday.
**Successful introduction is never guaranteed, unfortunately this is nature where nothing is guaranteed!
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.