Our Bees

We’re ethical, responsible beekeepers and members of the British Bee Keepers Association.

The bees we keep and farm are Buckfast bees (apis mellifera), named after Buckfast Abbey in Devon where head beekeeper, Brother Adam, crossed many different strains of bee over a period of 70 years, with the intention of breeding a honey bee, which would produce high yields of honey whilst having a calmer, naturally docile temperament.

We source our bees from close friends at one of the largest commercial bee farms in the UK, the owner of which spent time working alongside Brother Adam himself.

Our bees provide us with honey and are part of our Bees for Business initiative, established to help reverse the decline of the honeybee in England and encourage corporate responsibility in the area of environmental impact.

You can watch our ‘bee cam’ to see the bees up close, which streams live from the hives, from the television inside the barn.

Swarms

Throughout the year we are extremely busy with research, courses and our own bees; consequently we are unable to help with bee related problems.

The British Bee Keepers Association or local council will be able to provide you with details of a swarm collector local to you.

Birds

Entirely accidentally we seem to have attracted a huge amount of native British wild birds to the farm. It all started by ‘doing our bit’ and hanging some bird food – within days we we went from a bare garden to a few birds regularly visiting.

Gradually we increased the number of bird feeders and sourced a local, organic seed grower – the result is something akin to an accidental bird sanctuary!

Regularly spotted from the farm are:

  • Barn owl
  • Woodpecker
  • Sparrow hawk
  • Kestrel
  • Pheasant
  • Greenfinch
  • Kite
  • Garden sparrow
  • Robin
  • Blackbird
  • Great tit
  • Blue tit
  • Swan
  • Grey heron
  • Canada goose
  • Ducks
  • Wood pigeon
  • Goldfinch
  • Collared dove
  • Chaffinch
  • Swift
  • Kingfisher
  • Skylark
  • Waders
  • Gulls
  • Pied wagtail
  • Waxwing
  • Nightingale
  • Song thrush
  • Marsh tit
  • Magpie
  • Crow
  • Starling
  • Partridge

You can watch our ‘bird cam’ to see the birds up close, which streams live from the bird feeding station, from the television inside the barn.