2016 National Nucleus with 14x12 extensions from £245, deposit only

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All our nucs comply with the guidelines set out by the NBU (National Bee Unit) and Defra.  We are DASH Accredited, The Disease Accreditation Scheme for Honeybees.

Our 6 frame nucs come on self spacing frames with 4 to 5 frames of brood at all stages, frames of food stores and a marked Queen, white for 2016.  Most of our nucs are headed with Carniolan queens however we also offer nucs headed with, Buckfast, Ligustica and Mellifera Mellifera queens. See our queen pages for information regarding the specific races. Please note that if you do order a specific race we cannot guarantee to supply that race although we will do our best. All our bees are gentle and are suitable for beginners and the experienced beekeeper. 

Spring Nucs will be ready will be towards middle / end May weather depending.  We do ask you to be patient when waiting for your bees as, until the season starts, we cannot give an idea on time scales.  As soon as your nucleus of bees is ready I will get in touch to let you know, your nuc will be ready to be transferred into a full size hive when it leaves us.  To give you an idea of how the years differ last year, 2015 saw our spring nucs go out in middel May, 2014 our spring nucs went out in early June, 2013 they were not ready until the end of July and in 2012 they were ready mid June.

Please note that orders placed now are unlikely to be ready much before end June - updated 20.04.16

These nucs are on standard national frames with extensions to make the the frames into 14x12 size, we add the extensions just before collection.

6 frames in a ply nucleus hive £245
6 frames in a polystrene nucleus hive £255

Please note nucs with 14x12 extentsions are for collection only.

The ply nucs hive takes 6 frames and has a built in varroa mesh floor with a removable ply inspection tray.  The crownboard has a central hole and the roof is deep enough to take a 4 pint rapid feeder.  This is a great piece of kit to have in the bee shed for making up your own nucs in the future or for housing a swarm or to even leave in the apiary as a swarm collection box.

The poly nuc hive has a built in feeder and an open mesh floor. It is easy to transport the bees in the poly box and it is a handy piece of kit to keep in your bee shed. It is made from high density polystyrene which is very strong and has great insulation properties, keeping the bees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Nucs ordered in ply nuc hives and poly nucs boxes are collection only, if you require delivery please order a nuc in a correx box. 

We are taking orders now, you can place an order on-line with a deposit of £40 or you can email your order to me with your full details and I will email the invoice for the deposit. The balance will be due for payment just prior to collection.

Many thanks
Becky & Rob

We request that all buyers register their new colonies with Beebase the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and also supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes along with the Healthy Bees Plan, all of which help to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. There are no costs involved with registering with Beebase, instead it gives you, the beekeeper, the security to know that should a bee health problem arise in your area, your local bee inspector will notify you about it, and if necessary come and inspect your colonies, free of charge.  By buying your bees from us you are giving us permission to pass your details on the NBU if they ask for them. If you don't give us permission to pass you details onto them in the event they request them then please let us know at the time of ordering.

Please note that all deposits are non-refundable unless we cannot supply your order however if you do have to cancel we will issue you with a gift voucher to spend with us so you don't loose your money.
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