WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE A SWARM OF BEES ?
The first thing to remember is that bees
in a swarm are almost always in a good mood, as they have gorged themselves on honey, and
are unlikely to sting you, even if disturbed. There is therefore no
cause for panic.
Our Branch does offer a
swarm collection service for the general public in its area, but is only able to collect
swarms of honey bees from accessible
locations. Swarm collectors are volunteers and therefore may be otherwise
engaged and not able to come immediately. Also, they cannot be expected to risk life
and limb, climbing up or crawling into hazardous locations.
If you see a swarm in your garden or
outside in a public area, and would like to have it removed, then contact your nearest swarm collector via
the British Beekeepers Association website to attend your swarm.
Please note: The BBKA swarm list is not yet complete. For the time being, for North Devon swarm collectors please use
this list, for other areas of the country, use the alternative beekeepers map shown below.
Before you ring however, it would save us
and yourselves considerable time and effort if you could consider the answers to the
following questions (you may like to write the answers down) -
Are you sure that they are honey bees ?
(See photos on this page) If you are not sure, make a note of the
number, colour, and behaviour so that the beekeeper can make his or her own assessment.
To the best of your knowledge, how long
have they been there ?
How big is the swarm ? - the size of a
tennis ball, coconut, football etc.
Where is the swarm located ? - up a
tree, in a shed etc.
If in a tree, how far off the ground ?
If in a tree or bush, can it be cut to
remove the swarm ?
What is their exact location, and will
there be somebody to meet the beekeeper when he arrives?
Please note. If the swarm is
on your property, you may be asked to make a small donation to help defray the beekeepers
costs, or as a contribution to the funds of the Branch.
The Common Wasp
A Bumble Bee
A Honey Bee
(for a larger picture, click photo)
Alternative Map of Beekeepers www.bees.co.uk/swarmmap