The Black bee honey company is a one man operation producing award winning local honey along with near native or locally adapted bees for sale. UK reared Queens bred from pure AMM stock will be available from May onwards (weather permitting!)
Ten years ago I acquired my first colony of bees. With the help and guidance of my mentor and now good friend of 60 years experience in the field. That has grown to be one hundred. I might add that they were all home reared aside from a few choice swarms collected on my travels .
Bees are not my business, they are my way of life and by no means an easy route to fortune. Over the years i have been locally active in pollination , consultation, time served as Vice Chairman of the Wye Valley Bee-keepers Association, swarm collection and education have all conspired to ensure not much life between March to October.
Traditional methods are used in the production of the many varieties of honey gleaned from a diverse landscape ranging from town to mountains along the English/Welsh borders. The Honey is always raw and only filtered for debris and wax ensuring that all the reputed health gains found within are retained. It is never blended with honey from another site, meaning every batch produced for sale is unique with the colour and flavour often changing throughout the year as it appears on the shelves.
I hold a BBKA certificate in Apiculture along with having studied instrumental insemination With Michael Collier, UK’s number one for II and a greatly respected breeder of Queen honeybees. He has at times suffered me i’m sure but has been key to my interest in our native sub-species of honey bee.
Having attended a course at the Animal & Plant Health Agency headquarters in York 2016 I was awarded with The Disease Assurance Scheme for Honeybees certificate. This in effect grants me the freedom to inspect, diagnose and if need be treat my own stocks without recourse to the local bee inspector . All bees sold by myself have been thoroughly examined and passed as free of disease.
My primary aim is the conservation our native “black bee” . As such we do not support the importation of Queens from around the world and recommend that should you consider trying to source bees or queens from local suppliers or Associations.