ORDERS FOR 2022 TO COMMENCE 1ST OCTOBER - An overwintered 5 frame nuc supplied with a marked 2020 mated Buckfast queen eager and ready to begin a new season. Provided on British National frames with brood and bees at all stages. Including a free reusable correx travel box. It is important you read all the description before ordering
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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 mated unclipped marked 2020 (Blue) Buckfast queen to begin supply April 2021* onward (Weather 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 overwintered nucs are made in the previous season. The difference between an overwintered nuc & a normal spring nuc is that generally you are able to receive an overwintered nuc earlier and that they have proved their ability to overwinter.
All our bees 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 POSTED NUCS IS THE FULL PRICE OF £240 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 Card Saver), Paypal, Instant Bank Transfer and Cheque.
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 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.
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. Overwintered Nucs are also generally all ready at the same time so will need to be dispatched within 14 days of being notified before they become too large to post. 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.
* We cannot offer an exact dispatch 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 and we shall be in contact when your bees are ready.
** 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 overwintered in our nucs are imported from Europe from reputable breeders the previous season.
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.