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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, …
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 …
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 …
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.