Newbury Beekeepers Association
Newbury Beekeepers Association 

swarms

People are often worried when a swarm lands in their garden or on their house because of the noise and because of concerns about bee stings.  If you encounter a swarm of honeybees please do not try to disperse them or destroy them.  We need them and they are unlikely to survive in the wild on their own. You can contact one of the beekeepers listed below and if at all possible they will arrange for the swarm to be collected.  

 

We receive a lot of calls about bees but we are unable to help where bumble bees or wasps are concerned.  Honeybees will not take up residence in a bird nest box nor do they live in small holes in the ground.  These are more likely to be one of the many varieties of bumble or solitary bee.  A swarm of honeybees will cluster on a tree or building in a sort of rugby ball shape. They usually swarm between the months of April and July, however swarms have been seen as late as August and September.  

 

 

 

There are 267 varieties of bumble bee or solitary bee in the UK.  They tend to be furrier than a honeybee with defined colouring. 

 

 

Wasps have distinct stripes of yellow and black.  They build nests which they construct out of chewed wood that are round and are fixed to a structure, typically in people's lofts or sheds.  We cannot assist with the removal of wasp nests and would recommend that you contact your local pest control company.

 

 

Honeybees are smaller than wasps with less defined colouring.  If you have a swarm they arrive in their thousands and will eventually settle, clustering together.  They will usually move on of their own accord within 24 hours, however, if we can collect them they will stand a much better chance of survival.  

 

     
Swarm Collection Co-Ordinators    
Central Michael White 01635 44945
East Paul Jarvis 01635 862495
North Derek Fearnley 01635 42884

 

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