Nucleus of Near-Native British Honeybees (14 x 12) 2020 Mated Queen
A 5 frame 14 x 12 (deep national) polystyrene nucleus of near-native British bees from our own stock with a mated queen for 2020.
Nucs include 2 frames of food stores, 2 frames of eggs and brood in all stages and 1 frame of drawn foundation; a mated and marked queen for 2020; some syrup feed for them to travel with and the 14 x 12 national polystyrene nuc for you to keep (worth £50 and ideal for managing swarms, overwintering colonies and splits).
With all nuc purchases we include a £25 discount voucher valid on our Beekeeping for Beginners workshop and a 15% discount voucher for our range of B.J. Sherriff protective beekeeping suits.
Bees & Co. is home to the native British honeybee. Our mother stock is strong, native British (Amm).
As members of BIBBA (the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association), we are keen to encourage beekeepers to use native stock, which has several benefits over commonly popular stock, such as Buckfast or Carniolan:
- Imported stocks increase biosecurity risks, which are of significant concern to organisations such as a DEFRA and the wider scientific community. We need to stop importing honeybees if we are going to positively support the environment and not be an active part of the problem.
- Native bees are by their very nature better adapted to geographical and environmental challenges. Lincolnshire, where are farm is based, is notoriously flat and exposed to winds and cold.
- Native British bees actively forage in cold and even wet weather.
- Near native bees involve less costs and are therefore cheaper, which can be especially useful when replacing a failing queen.
- We have used and handled Buckfast and Carniolan bees and while native and near-native bees are not as docile as Buckfast, we have not found them to be any more aggressive when handled calmly and properly.
Available for collection when available from June 2020, we have very limited stocks available each year of nucs as our native bees are in high demand. Nucs must be paid for in full in order to secure them.
Collection from our farm near Market Deeping in Lincolnshire - in order to reduce the stress on bees, we do not post nucs.