queens are carefully selected from our best performing colonys
and also come from the best genetic material available in Europe,
every care is taken to ensure that the queens we sell are of the
highest quality from both a genetic and physical point of view.
It is this attention to detail that makes Buckfast Superbee queens
the right choice to make your beekeeping both enjoyable and profitable.
We use Buckfast
theory and selection tools/methods to breed our bees and the result
is an excellent strain of honey bee that is a pleasure to work
with. Docile, easily managed, has a low swarming index, creates
large colony populations yet is thrifty with its stores and of
course gives a high honey production. Regular testing is carried
out to monitor disease resistance.
are available from mid may (weather permitting) till late september,
but as demand for queens usually far exceeds supply, it is necessary
to reserve your queens as early as possible in order to avoid
disappointment. Queens are sent in nicot plastic cages with 8
to 10 attendant bees to look after the queen during transit.
mated F1 queens: our classic queens for heading honey
production colonys. These are sisters of the queens used by us
in our production apiaries.
station queens: mated at our world famous isolated mating
station on Dartmoor, the true home of the Buckfast bee and used
by Brother Adam to breed the original Buckfast bees, also our
other isolated mating station here on Exmoor, these are Buckfast
Superbee selected queens, mated in isolation with a group of specially
selected sister queens as the drone providers, for reliability,
consistent characters and performance. These queens can be used
for breeding purposes after daughter testing.
queens: these are queens that have either been inseminated
with select drone semen or are isolated mated queens, whose daughters
have been tested and proved themselves. These queens are about
one year old at the time of sale.
breeder queens are very limited and early ordering is essential.
with a real interest in the Buckfast bee we have also created
a Buckfast beekeepers group website:www.buckfastbeekeepersgroup.co.uk
all our queens offered for sale are both reared and mated in the
UK on Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Please contact me if you wish for any further information.
encourage you to collect your queen/s from us however if you are
too far away to travel and you choose to have your queen/s delivered
we can organize this for you at an additional cost using Royal
Mail special delivery, their service guarantees delivery the next
day before 1pm. Please be aware that should you choose to have
your queen/s delivered we will not be liable for any lost packages
and it will be your responsibility to make any claims to Royal
Mail should damages or losses occur. Please visit the Royal Mail
website for further information regarding lost mail and making
claims with them for compensation. We have been using Royal Mail
special for many years and we continue to use them for their rapid
delivery service and good handling, which all means less stress
and traveling time for the bees however we do encourage you to
collect your queen/s from us rather than having them posted. We
can accommodate collection by a third party organized by you as
only sold within the UK.