Bishops bees – UK Queen Breeders

Bishops bees are a UK Queen breeder providing UK bred queens and bees for sale. We are dedicated to providing good quality UK bred bees to beekeepers across the UK. With great experience in Breeding queens we can provide Instrumentally Inseminated and open mated queens.

Not only do we provide queens, but we also have honey bee nucs for sale. We are one of few suppliers which will deliver your nuc to you. All our nucs are headed by young productive queens and are quality checked before being sent.

Brood from II Buckfast Queen

A brood frame from one of our UK bred Instrumentally Inseminated Buckfast Queens. Almost every cell has been used, right out to the edges. This is a good example of how well a quality queen can lay.

Pre-order your spring honeybee nucleus colony now

As queen breeders, we currently run a number of breeder programs to produces different lines of bees. In addition to producing Buckfast bees, we also have our own honeymaker bees for sale. These are the result of a collaboration with a commercial honey farm to produce a good quality UK honey bee. Our honeymaker queens are comparable to the best buckfast bees and have proved highly productive and easy to work with.

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We are now offering beekeeping courses. If you are looking at getting into beekeeping then we have some courses for you. Whether you are new to beekeeping or experienced, we should have something for you.

Bee hive with smoker
Theory Courses

We have a number of theory courses which will help you to understand the principles of beekeeping. They will allow you to learn about colony dynamics and how beekeeping is worked around the natural behaviours of bees.

Practical Courses

To gain hands on experience we offer a practical beekeeping course. This we get you used to working with bees and help you understand the practical aspects of beekeeping.

For those looking for more of a challenge, we are now running Instrumental Insemination courses. These will help get you started on your journey to produced your own high quality queens.


2020 II Buckfast queen

Instrumentally Inseminated Buckfast queen

Our UK bred II Queens are bred using the criteria laid out by brother Adam. They are high productive and disease resistant. As they are Instrumentally Inseminated, they are ideal to rear new queens from to improve your own stock.

Buy your II Buckfast queens here

British Bred Open Mated Queen

Open Mated honeymaker queen

The product of a breeding project in conjunction with a commercial honey farm, these queens are fantastic for both commercial and hobbyist beekeepers alike. they are highly productive and easy to work with. These queens will head strong and productive colonies.

Buy your honeymaker queens here

2020 II Buckfast Queen

Open mated Buckfast queens

We raise a number of UK bred Buckfast queens for sale every year. these queens have been proven time and again. They will head up productive colonies which are very calm and easy to work.

Buy your open mated Buckfast queens here


Clip together Mating Nuc

Pre-order for 2022

This mating nuc gives you great versatility when mating queens. The ‘clip together’ design means that you can add and remove boxes easily allowing you to grow the hive when needed. The floor is also detachable and the boxes can be used in any position. The internal feeder can also be moved up and down within the hive, …

50x Pin test unit

50x Pin Test Unit

This pin unit is for testing the hygienic behavior of colonies to allow for accurate comparison when selecting queens for breeding. As this unit houses 50 pins, it can be used to piece 50 capped cells in a single go. The provides rigid support to over a third of the pins’ length ensuring that they do not …

Practical Beekeeping – Managing Hives

This day will be spent building on knowledge and basic practical beekeeping skills. This is a natural follow on from our Practical Beekeeping – The Basics course. With a greater focus on managing multiple hives, this course will take you through hive management in greater detail.

With a focus on managing colony numbers, you will learn more about practical swarm control …

Queen Breeding – Selection & Testing

Take the next step with your queen rearing and learn how to select and test for desirable traits. This will help you breed selectively to improve your own queen lines. With an increased understanding of genetic traits, it is important to be able to make accurate comparisons between colonies when selecting breeders.

By the end of the day, you will have …


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