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Novice beekeepers responsible for swarms in city centres!

17 June 2015


Swarming, the movement of a large group of bees (queen bee is closely surrounded by the workers) is a natural phenomenon, occurring in warm weather. The old queen bee leaves the hive with around half the workers to look for a new home, leaving behind queen cells which emerge into the new queen and will take over the job of beginning a new colony.

Novice beekeeping has now become popular in city centres but unfortunately inexperience means that keepers can’t always tell when a hive is about to swarm and as a consequence, do not split the colony before this swarming occurs.

Swarms have been reported to be covering cars in Marlborough and Maidstone, trees in the centre of Chichester, railings outside Italian restaurants in Salisbury. Thankfully the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) is on hand to point people in the right direction. To learn more about the swarming process or if you think you have spotted a swarm, follow this link www.bbka.org.uk

Do you keep bees? If so we would love to hear from you! Just post them on Willows Facebook page.


Novice bee keepers responsible for swarms in city centres