(Updated, March 3rd, 2011)
Update: The KBKA Swarm and NUC Priority List is effectively in hibernation till spring 2011. We hope to run a similar process in 2011 and this page will be updated as required in the spring. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact the committee or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
For 2011 the KBKA will maintain a list of club members wanting bees. The list will be used when:
To be added to the “wants bees” list club members must:
The club’s webmaster will maintain the “wants bees list”. It will be kept password protected on the club’s web site and will be emailed when updated to members listed on the clubs swarm page and any other member requesting it the list.
Priority will be given in order of:
Any NUC or NUCs produced by the club's apiary for this purpose will be offered to member(s) at the top of the list (one NUC per member).
It is suggested that the “wants bees” list be used by club members willing to pass on bees to other members at cost, to identify club members who want bees.
(Members selling NUCs for a profit do so as a private arrangement outside of this process. Both parties to any arrangement are recommend to review the BBKA guidelines for NUCs. BBKA Standard and Guidance Notes for Nuclei, http://www.britishbee.org.uk/files/nucleus_leaflet_2009.pdf)
Homing a swarm is generally an immediate need. Club members taking swarms they do not want are asked to use the “wants bees” list. If the club member at the top of the list cannot be reached or cannot accept the bees in the time frame required then the offer will be passed the next person on the list and so on. Club members being offered swarms should be prepared to respond and be prepared to travel to fetch the bees immediately if required.
Members receiving bees via the "wants bees" list are expected to make a donation to the club and cover expenses as follows:
1 – A NUC, short for nucleus is a small colony of bees that can be expected to develop into a full hive.