Over wintered 5 frame nuclei of bees with British (Welsh) reared queens for sale


2018 Nuc Product Description

Five frame nuclei of British reared bees on British Standard National Hoffman frames (which can be used in WBC Hives). Nuclei on Smith frames are also available.

These nucs are headed by a tested over-wintered 2017 season queen and are available from mid-May onwards, depending on weather conditions. Nuclei supplied later in spring/summer may be headed by the current season's queen.


Our Bees

The queens that head our nuclei are not imported and are reared in our local apiaries in Wales. They are well adapted for variable UK climatic conditions.

Our bees are generally quiet on the comb and easy to handle, making them suitable for beginner beekeepers; they are also effective nectar gatherers, therefore also meeting the needs of larger honey producers such as ourselves.

All nuclei have been Nosema treated and FERA inspected for the absence of notifiable brood diseases, none of which have been found in our bees over a 35 year period. We are attempting to breed bees which survive with minimal treatment for varroa, with some indications of success. The bees we supply as nuclei are reared as part of this ongoing programme.



All of our bees are provided in a custom-made correx nucleus box, which is included in the price of the nucleus.

Nuclei can be collected from our bee farm in mid-Wales by prior individual arrangement. Please supply your contact details so that we can arrange this with you.

To avoid risk of damage to the bees, we do not usually use a postal service. 

If weather conditions are poor, there is provision for feeding the bees in the correx nucleus box and it also has an entrance so they are able to fly before installation in the hive (please see photo).

We provide all purchasers with printed information giving guidance on how to transport and care for the bees in transit and how to make a safe transfer into their permanent hives.


2018 Nucleus Prices- Order by end of March 2018 to benefit from 2017 prices

The price of a 5 frame nucleus (if ordered before end of March 2018) is £168.00 (collected price), which includes the cost of a ventilated correx travelling box and frames of brood and stores. We have supplied nuclei to customers across England and Wales since 1978.

Some of our customers like to put together a group order to benefit from lower costs and shared transport arrangements. We would be pleased to offer the following discount rates for orders of more than 5. These are as follows:

  • 6 - 9 nuclei £165.00 each
  • 10 -14 nuclei £160.00 each
  • 15+ please ask us about these rates and collection arrangements.

For further information and to check availability, please email bluegrasshoney@yahoo.co.uk

A deposit of £30 per nucleus secures a firm order (pending availability, early orders are recommended).


We have been very pleased to receive follow-up feedback from our customers and to respond with advice and information.



Blue Grass Honey Farm, Lledrod, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 4HX