Island Marken

There has been a mating station for Buckfast bees on the isolated island of Marken since the early 1990s.

To maintain the purity of the Buckfast variety and where possible to improve the characteristics, Buckfast Holland uses this mating station. The station is managed by the Buckfast Marken Foundation. Through the Waterland APV, which includes Marken, it has been arranged that keeping bee colonies on Marken is reserved only for this Foundation.