Acquiring bees or "Bees are not for Christmas"

Over the years it has been our experience that colonies of bees, with associated equipment and an introductory course of beekeeping have been a well-intentioned Christmas present.

To this end we have made available our advice on the acquisition of bees in this document to help prospective purchasers realise their responsibilities as to the welfare standards involved and the work and time needed to carry these out to avoid the little creatures suffering.

Further advice relating to the purchase of nuclei can be found here

The National Bee Unit (Beebase) have produced two very relevant documents giving guidance on the sale of honey bee nuclei and advice for obtaining honey bees.

Guidance for the purchase of honey bee nuclei.


Advice note – Advice for obtaining honey bees


A common way of acquiring bees is through the collection/acquisition of swarms. We maintain lists of members who are proficient in collecting swarms and of members who are looking to expand their colonies. Please use the contacts below.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch  (email) with the Secretary (0774 8932231)  or with the President  (email or 07732 587084) should you have any questions as to what is involved in this fascinating but demanding hobby.

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