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Nuc of Buckfast Bees available from May 17th* 2021 [DEPOSIT ONLY]

21% off! National and Langstroth Nucs are £181.70 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

14x12 Nucs are £189.60 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

Specifically chosen for their typical Buckfast qualities, calmness on the frame, easy management and fast development. These bees are perfect for new beekeepers and pollinators alike, we use these in our own apiaries for teaching and to pollinate top fruit across Kent.


Supplied to us from an associated company in Northern Ireland, they are received into Northern Ireland from Italy and after the bees have been health checked by a government appointed vet they are re boxed into hives, fed and allowed to fly. The bees are then sold to various customers one of which is Bee-Equipment based in Canterbury.


The bees can be supplied on almost any type of frame, please point out and double check you have ordered the right frames for your hive.

Nucs of Bees -  We will supply you 6 frames with foundation, A mated laying queen, at this stage in the cycle you will have brood in all stages from eggs to sealed brood across the four frames, plus 1.5kg of bees, this will make a strong nuc of around 10,000 bees. This nuc of bees will need to be put into a hive as soon as possible.
These are normally delivered by Royal Mail You will be able to COLLECT these from Canterbury or a pre-arranged distribution point along the M56, M6 or M1 a small charge is made for collection en route.

  • Please note: Bees will not arrive with us on frames - we will add the package bees to a nuc box on premier wax foundation and new frames¹
  • See picture for bees from our first round of packages in 2020 after a few weeks.
  • Available from late May
  • All coming to us from the same breeder in the Puglia region of Italy.
  • Following inspections we are delighted with the results.
  • No small hive beetle reported in the region.
  • We kept over 100 of these on site for the main part of the season to see how they fared, we only used water and light touch smoke. Excellent results.

    There are many benefits to producing and supplying bees from this more temperate area: you will have bees in the UK in time for the early fruiting crops as well as tree pollen, that could help achieve a good start to the season.

    They will start to produce and early honey crop long before other local choices of bees.

    These bees are characterised by all the normal Buckfast traits, easy to work with, good honey producers with low swarming instincts.

    ¹One of the frames could be from last years drawn frames as and when available, we do this to reduce the instances of queens leaving the hive because they have no place to lay eggs.

    Poly Nuc

    This year all our bees are being supplied in our new 6 Frame Poly Nuc. This means you will receive frames containing eggs, open brood, capped brood, and stores.

    Special Notice

    We request a £60.00 non refundable deposit, deposits are paid into our customer account and kept separate from our normal trading account. Payments will be transferred to our main account after the sale has completed.

    Balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to delivery. We will contact you with regard to this payment.

    Total cost of a National or Langstroth nuc is £230.00, 14x12 is £240.00. For delivery, an additional £35.00 will be charged.

    Order 10+ for £255.00 each (14x12 - £265.00) + £35 for each nuc if delivered - contact our sales team for more information.

    *This is a weather dependant sale.

    Italian bee information »

    When will nucs be delivered?

    We expect nucs to be ready from mid-May (all dates are approximate and weather dependent).

    • Week 1 - May 10th
    • Week 2 - May 17th
    • Week 3 - May 24th
    Nuc of Buckfast Bees available from May 17th* 2021 [DEPOSIT ONLY]

    Nuc of Buckfast Bees available from May 17th* 2021 [DEPOSIT ONLY]

    • £60.00
    Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

    21% off! National and Langstroth Nucs are £181.70 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

    14x12 Nucs are £189.60 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

    Specifically chosen for their typical Buckfast qualities, calmness on the frame, easy management and fast development. These bees are perfect for new beekeepers and pollinators alike, we use these in our own apiaries for teaching and to pollinate top fruit across Kent.


    Supplied to us from an associated company in Northern Ireland, they are received into Northern Ireland from Italy and after the bees have been health checked by a government appointed vet they are re boxed into hives, fed and allowed to fly. The bees are then sold to various customers one of which is Bee-Equipment based in Canterbury.


    The bees can be supplied on almost any type of frame, please point out and double check you have ordered the right frames for your hive.

    Nucs of Bees -  We will supply you 6 frames with foundation, A mated laying queen, at this stage in the cycle you will have brood in all stages from eggs to sealed brood across the four frames, plus 1.5kg of bees, this will make a strong nuc of around 10,000 bees. This nuc of bees will need to be put into a hive as soon as possible.
    These are normally delivered by Royal Mail You will be able to COLLECT these from Canterbury or a pre-arranged distribution point along the M56, M6 or M1 a small charge is made for collection en route.

    • Please note: Bees will not arrive with us on frames - we will add the package bees to a nuc box on premier wax foundation and new frames¹
    • See picture for bees from our first round of packages in 2020 after a few weeks.
    • Available from late May
    • All coming to us from the same breeder in the Puglia region of Italy.
    • Following inspections we are delighted with the results.
    • No small hive beetle reported in the region.
    • We kept over 100 of these on site for the main part of the season to see how they fared, we only used water and light touch smoke. Excellent results.

      There are many benefits to producing and supplying bees from this more temperate area: you will have bees in the UK in time for the early fruiting crops as well as tree pollen, that could help achieve a good start to the season.

      They will start to produce and early honey crop long before other local choices of bees.

      These bees are characterised by all the normal Buckfast traits, easy to work with, good honey producers with low swarming instincts.

      ¹One of the frames could be from last years drawn frames as and when available, we do this to reduce the instances of queens leaving the hive because they have no place to lay eggs.

      Poly Nuc

      This year all our bees are being supplied in our new 6 Frame Poly Nuc. This means you will receive frames containing eggs, open brood, capped brood, and stores.

      Special Notice

      We request a £60.00 non refundable deposit, deposits are paid into our customer account and kept separate from our normal trading account. Payments will be transferred to our main account after the sale has completed.

      Balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to delivery. We will contact you with regard to this payment.

      Total cost of a National or Langstroth nuc is £230.00, 14x12 is £240.00. For delivery, an additional £35.00 will be charged.

      Order 10+ for £255.00 each (14x12 - £265.00) + £35 for each nuc if delivered - contact our sales team for more information.

      *This is a weather dependant sale.

      Italian bee information »

      When will nucs be delivered?

      We expect nucs to be ready from mid-May (all dates are approximate and weather dependent).

      • Week 1 - May 10th
      • Week 2 - May 17th
      • Week 3 - May 24th

      Call us on (+44) 01227 833 807
      if you need any help or advice on our products or email us

      sales@bee-equipment.co.uk

      About this item

      21% off! National and Langstroth Nucs are £181.70 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

      14x12 Nucs are £189.60 and are available for collection for free, or can be delivered for a fee of £35.

      Specifically chosen for their typical Buckfast qualities, calmness on the frame, easy management and fast development. These bees are perfect for new beekeepers and pollinators alike, we use these in our own apiaries for teaching and to pollinate top fruit across Kent.


      Supplied to us from an associated company in Northern Ireland, they are received into Northern Ireland from Italy and after the bees have been health checked by a government appointed vet they are re boxed into hives, fed and allowed to fly. The bees are then sold to various customers one of which is Bee-Equipment based in Canterbury.


      The bees can be supplied on almost any type of frame, please point out and double check you have ordered the right frames for your hive.

      Nucs of Bees -  We will supply you 6 frames with foundation, A mated laying queen, at this stage in the cycle you will have brood in all stages from eggs to sealed brood across the four frames, plus 1.5kg of bees, this will make a strong nuc of around 10,000 bees. This nuc of bees will need to be put into a hive as soon as possible.
      These are normally delivered by Royal Mail You will be able to COLLECT these from Canterbury or a pre-arranged distribution point along the M56, M6 or M1 a small charge is made for collection en route.

      • Please note: Bees will not arrive with us on frames - we will add the package bees to a nuc box on premier wax foundation and new frames¹
      • See picture for bees from our first round of packages in 2020 after a few weeks.
      • Available from late May
      • All coming to us from the same breeder in the Puglia region of Italy.
      • Following inspections we are delighted with the results.
      • No small hive beetle reported in the region.
      • We kept over 100 of these on site for the main part of the season to see how they fared, we only used water and light touch smoke. Excellent results.

        There are many benefits to producing and supplying bees from this more temperate area: you will have bees in the UK in time for the early fruiting crops as well as tree pollen, that could help achieve a good start to the season.

        They will start to produce and early honey crop long before other local choices of bees.

        These bees are characterised by all the normal Buckfast traits, easy to work with, good honey producers with low swarming instincts.

        ¹One of the frames could be from last years drawn frames as and when available, we do this to reduce the instances of queens leaving the hive because they have no place to lay eggs.

        Poly Nuc

        This year all our bees are being supplied in our new 6 Frame Poly Nuc. This means you will receive frames containing eggs, open brood, capped brood, and stores.

        Special Notice

        We request a £60.00 non refundable deposit, deposits are paid into our customer account and kept separate from our normal trading account. Payments will be transferred to our main account after the sale has completed.

        Balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to delivery. We will contact you with regard to this payment.

        Total cost of a National or Langstroth nuc is £230.00, 14x12 is £240.00. For delivery, an additional £35.00 will be charged.

        Order 10+ for £255.00 each (14x12 - £265.00) + £35 for each nuc if delivered - contact our sales team for more information.

        *This is a weather dependant sale.

        Italian bee information »

        When will nucs be delivered?

        We expect nucs to be ready from mid-May (all dates are approximate and weather dependent).

        • Week 1 - May 10th
        • Week 2 - May 17th
        • Week 3 - May 24th

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