Essex Buckfast Queen 2020

SOLD OUT FOR 2020 - Essex Buckfast, exclusive to BS Honey Bees. Tested over the last 2 years from high quality Buckfast mothers, now mating in Essex, producing some lovely Essex girls! ABOVE CARNIOLAN / BUCKFAST STOCK AVAILABLE UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER

Availability: Out of stock
Only 0 left
  • Buy 5 for £39.00 each and save 3%
  • Buy 10 for £38.00 each and save 5%
  • Buy 20 for £36.00 each and save 10%

Available for dispatch after MID May 2020 - July 2020. Marked & OPEN Mated Essex Buckfast Queens. We recommend for guaranteed next day arrival to select "Special Deliveryon 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, ESPECIALLY DURING COVID-19.

 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.

Special Delivery Next Day before 1pm (£500 Insurance)  (BEFORE 9PM DURING COVID-19)
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)  (BEFORE 9PM DURING COVID-19)
1 - 5 Queens £11.00
6 - 25 Queens £12.00
26 - 50 Queens £13.50
£51 - 100 Queens £17.00 

First Class Large Letter (2-7 Day Service DURING COVID-19)
1 - 5 Queens £2.50

First Class Parcel  (2-7 Day Service DURING COVID-19)
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.


The Essex Buckfast queens have been selected from breeding lines displaying good hygiene and honey production characteristics. The rearing of the Essex Buckfast has been developed with over 15 years of Bee farming and honey production knowledge. The Mother Queens pedigree and offspring, now representing the core stock in a significant Bee farming operation. Being UK mated they are locally acclimatised, and acceptance is very good.

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!

Write Your Own Review
Only registered users can write reviews. Please Sign in or create an account
Return Policy

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.

Seller Service

On-time Delivery

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.