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British National Beehives

Based in a small workshop in Tideswell in the Peak District we make Highest Quality British National Beehives out of 1st grade American Western Red Cedar or High Quality Red Deal according to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Modified National Hive Plans. Everything we sell we make here in the Peak District. We also stock other items of Beekeeping Supplies including Frames, Foundation Wax and Hive Tools. The driving forces behind peak-hives.co.uk are sustainability and quality workmanship. Sustainability because, well it matters quite a bit we think and quality workmanship because customer satisfaction is paramount.

Cedar Scarcity.

Unfortunately building materials are extremely scarce at the moment and pricing is highly volatile. This goes for Western Red Cedar too. I have decided that until the market settles down I will not be making up any Cedar hives or hive parts. We'll be back in operation once the supply issues have been resolved. Many thanks.


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The rest of the centre column is an ongoing blog of what's new at peak-hives.co.uk and other items of interest...veg garden...renewables etc, but please don't let reading about the allotment distract you from placing your order...:-)

Double Lift Observation Hive – All Round Viewing Hive

Just completed for a local beekeeping association for displays at local shows. Both in First Grade Western Red Cedar. One is our standard 6 frame plus dummy board Observation Hive but with an extra brood frame lift. Shown here with the supplied shutters removed. The other hive is a standard National with all round viewing panels so the viewing public can see inside a real National Hive. Also shown without the supplied shutters. Very pleased with them and so was the client. All the best. Nick.

Observation Hive
Observation Hive

Observation Hive Standard Product

I’ve just added our 6 Frame Observation Hive to our standard products list which can be ordered from the left hand column. In standard it comes in First Grade Western Red Cedar and holds six brood frames (seven if you count the one lifted into the viewing frame). It comes with a dummy board and shutters to block out light when in transit. It has a mesh floor complete with Yellow Correx inspection tray. The entrance is a stainless steel disc which is held in place with an allen bolt so it can be fixed tight for display. Optional is a crown board and roof kit so the hive can be used to house a colony longer term.

6 Frame Cedar Observation Hive
Observation Hive Open
Open View with Queen Excluder

Perfect for Farmer’s Markets and can be laser engraved with your custom logo.