Buckfast (and Carnica) Queens

Since the late 1990’s I have bred Buckfast bees after the principles laid down by Brother Adam, the famous monk from Buckfast Abbey. After more than 10 years of intense work, I feel that I’m able to develop, and maintain, good and stable lines of Buckfast-bees.

One of the fundamental things in Buckfast breeding is consistent and persistent breeding, where good and stable lines are continuously supplied with fresh genetic material to maintain the vitality of the lines.

As a starting point for my breeding lines I prefer the subspecies Caucasica, Carpatica, and if available Anatolica.


The mainstay in my beekeeping is the Buckfast bee, and the majority of the queens I produce is Buckfastqueens.


Over the last few years, a colleague and I have build up a small stock of pure Carnica bees. I mainly use them as a part of the drone pool for the random matings, to increase the vitality of the random mated queens.

Random mated Carnicas are available on request. The drones for the mating will be a mix of Carnica and Buckfast
If booked in advance there will be virgins and island mated queens for sale.