Swarms ! Don’t panic, read on !

If you think you have a swarm of honeybees read this.

our I sent population is declining at an alarming rate  read information on the links below to learn how you can help stop the decline

First – For bee indentification check this link to BBKA (British Beekeepers Association)  http://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php and see what kind of bees they are. They may not be honey bees.

Second – If they are honey bees then click this link https://er2.membershipservices.org.uk/public/swarmmap_iframe.php where you can type in your postcode and find a nearby beekeeper  olunteer to collect the swarm. Please remember that the beekeeper is an unpaid volunteer, and can not sell the beesand though we do not charge, it is polite to offer to pay for their petrol.

Honeybees swarms bill be either kept by the swarm collector, who will check them for disease, health and temperament  if they don’t need them then the bees will be given to another beekeeper who does and who will look after them

Sometimes we are able to save bees from chimneys, roof voids etc. , but not always. It is mostly hanging swarms, which look a bit like a rugby ball, that we collect. Wild swarms don’t often survive, so you are doing a good thing if you report them to us

As it says on the BBKA website,  if they are not honeybees then, sadly, we honey beekeepers don’t remove them.

Third If you have wasps or hornets  check here to learn more http://www.bwars.com

If they are in an inconvenient place, then you may need to call pest control, but if they aren’t bothering you, then please consider leaving them alone  as they are valuable pollinators and part of our declining insect population.

Fourth If they are bumble bees check here to read about their life cycle. Most bumblebees do not sting as they have no honey to protect. Tree bumblebees like bluetit nesting boxes.

http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees
http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/faqs/moving-bumblebee-nests/

If you leave them alone they will normally die out with the first frost of autumn. Other types of bee are really valuable pollinators and attempting to move them is rarely successful.
Tree bumble bees may be more sensitive to vibrations and are sometimes more aggressive. They have a distinctive white rump and often like to nest in bird boxes. They also die off in autumn.

If they are bumble bees and you really do need to move them then our association may be able loan you a bee suit do it yourself

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