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Breaking news.

We have officiay launched the UK's first Native Bee haven on a national Trust property in the UK

In September a group of local beekeepers came together to launch the Native bee haven status at Naional Trust Godolphin , we hope the first of many. This followed the installation of two remote hive sensoring devices on the site in collaboration with Pollenize in Plymouth, part of over 200 monitoring systems that will feed information on our bees into a central feed to enable researchers, acedemics and conservation groups to do valuable work conserving and protecting honey bees.



In December 2016 Cormac kindly helped the new apiary project by surfacing a car park area to make it accessable and allow space for a workshop and visitor parking.

Since then we have built a cornish apiary and native bee breeding area on the site, supporting local beekeepers through the Cornish Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group and with help from The BEE Improvement Programme for Cornwall and BIBBA. We have established a small teaching/workshop facility and secure storage , a small solar power supply and worked with B4 and local beekeepers to enable meetings and training on site.


The Cornish Bee Project.

Bob Black is a local beekeeper who works with other local beekeepers to sustain the population of native black bees and who hope to help them develop and maintain their natural resistance to mites and diseases through a careful and sustainable program of breeding and management.
On the 3 sites in West Cornwall bees will be introduced and managed that will be treated with recognised, friendly and alternative methods of mite control and disease treatment. (Largely based on self grooming and Essential oils, Thyme based remedies and plant extracts, proven to be efficacious).
The project will work closely with other local beekeepers and the Cornwall Bee Improvement Programme and is looking at the use of ecological, non chemical disease and mite control. The native Cornish bee is proving significant in the fight against the decline of bee populations in the UK.
The project is keen to conserve and protect the native population of bees and raise awareness of the positive atributes and outcomes of working with the Cornish variant of AMM bees in colaboration with all the groups and individual beekeepers sharing this vision.
The project also aims eventually to set up a workshop to offer employment opportunities to young people with learning difficulties on a small scale, producing polishes and cosmetics based on beeswax and honey. The project is a not for profit enterprise allowing moneys generated to benefit its ecological, educational, conservation and social enterprise projects.
We offer honey produced on sites from bees foraging the flora in the immediate area .
For further information on the project and bee improvement in Cornwall follow our links and contact: info@cornishbees.com


Native 'British Bees' could hold key to honeybee survival


Albert Einstein is rumored to have said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live”.

You can help save native bees by working with us to develop and improve bee stocks. Click here.

A honeybee colony rearing 150000 bees a year, needs 20kg pollen & 60kg of nectar approx 3million trips for the honey & 1.3 million for pollen!

Blacks Cornish Bees is proud to support:

bibba Bibco B4 project

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group (cbibbg)