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Warre Octagon hive made from cypress timber used for natural beekeeping
Our hives and equipment are made with ethically harvested Tasmanian Cypress timber, one of the best woods for beehives that will last for a lifetime!
*We don't sell bees
Warre hive for natural beekeeping made from cypress macrocarpa timber from Tasmania
Bee flying and foraging for nectar and pollen
We ship Worldwide
"Honeybee colonies living in Warre hives are known to be docile bees" 
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Vic, Australia

"Good information about product, purchase and delivery. All occurred according to plan. Very happy".


ACT, Australia

"What a fantastic kit, custom made for us one weekend and delivered the next. The detailed instructions are great. The quality of the workmanship is top-notch, and a joy to build adding to our apiary".

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BC, Canada

"That's perfect! Thank you so much!! And thanks for building such a beautiful item :)"

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Honeybee cleaning the comb cells in a warre hive

Warre hives are suitable for any climate.

Our kits are very easy to assemble

Enjoy a low-maintenance hive that is great for the bees and beekeepers.

"The Warre hive is the best hive for natural beekeeping"

Honeybee foraging nectar on a pink flower
Honeybee foraging on a white flowers from a radish plant



"Smooth transaction, very good communication, I am happy with the purchase, thanks".

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WA, Australia

"The octagon hive looks amazing! I assembled it with my husband and it was pretty easy, the instructions were very clear. It's now our centrepiece in the garden."

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NSW, Australia

"Thanks for all your help with all my questions, the hive looks awesome, cheers".

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May 9, 1867 - April 20, 1951

Emile warre harvesting honey from his warre hive

Warre was a beekeeper in France during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. over 30 years of his time as an apiarist was dedicated to studying 350 different hives of different systems leading to the eventual development of ‘the people's hive’ now referred to as the Warre hive. His book ‘Beekeeping for All’ (click the link to download your free copy) is a wealth of knowledge.

We endeavour to bring Warre "Back to the Future". We have written articles on our BeeBlog about using the Warre hive and natural beekeeping, sharing our practical experience with natural beekeepers.

Emile Warre during a honey extraction from his warre hive

Warre using a large honey extractor

Warre and his helper peeling off the tob box cover and smoking the bees during a honey harvest from his warre hive

Warre and helper harvesting a box of honey

Warre is pronounced War-ray. The Warre hive is a vertical top bar hive that is easy to use. A Warre hive is simple to manage and maintain and incorporates natural beekeeping methods. The Warre hive is friendly to the bees as they have a simple hive box with no frames and the bees have the freedom to draw out their own comb thereby ensuring a healthy environment, which is better suited to their own needs. The bees have a natural way of constructing comb, retained over millions of years, in which comb and container form an enclosed unit, this way the principle of retention of nest scent and heat applies and will better protect the bees, resulting in healthy colonies capable of productivity without intervention. This makes the Warre hive a noble and rewarding hobby for many.

Warre's apiary in Somme with 100 hives

Warre's apiary in Somme with 100 hives before he invented the Warre hive

Warre's apiary in Saint-Symphorien showing his warre hives in a beautiful garden

Warre' apiary in Saint-Symphorien with the first prototypes of the Warre hive

Sacred geometry symbol with golden glitters
"We trust that bees know what is best for them and it’s for us to follow their lead"

Warre beekeeping has many advantages, especially for those who want to keep bees naturally without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Warre hives also offer important design characteristics that improve overwintering success, allowing bee colonies to survive long, cold winters on minimal stores.

Warre with his dog walking in his apiary

Warre with his dog, walking in his apiary where he tested more than 350 different hive styles

Bees are the foundation of the human food chain.

We are interlinked and depend on their survival. Learning how to care for the bees, so that we can advocate for these fascinating creatures who have a major impact on our lives is a rewarding lifestyle. By caring for the bees we can make a significant difference for our future.

Our Warre hives follow Warre's specifications and are built using Cypress Macrocarpa. This species is one of the best types of wood for beehives for its longevity, lightness and insulation properties. We also offer bait hives to catch swarms, feeders and escape boards to harvest honey, all specifically made for the Warre hive design.

Download a free ebook copy of Warre's book Beekeeping for all below:

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