Bees usually swarm on a warm sunny day and will swirl around for perhaps 10 minutes before settling. Stay indoors if you are worried but keep an eye on them.
Swarming honey bees.
With bee colonies in decline, swarms are precious. This is Nature's way of making a new colony. Typically a swarm consists of 10 to 20 thousand honeybees. A swarm usually settles on a tree or building as a dense football-sized cluster.
1. If you discover a swarm in your garden, phone one of our swarm collectors without delay (the closer the better)
2. Although swarms are usually good tempered, they should only be approached by an experienced beekeeper.
If you cannot contact a collector, please phone our SCBKA Swarm Coordinator: - Richard Guy: 01491 636323 or 07984 485244
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SCBKA Swarm Collectors
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Richard Guy RG9 Henley-on-Thames 07984 485244 01491 636323
Duncan Heather RG9 Sonning Common 07966 887416 01491 628972
Chris Pye RG9 Shiplake 07733 060233
Jonathan Longley RG9 Nettlebed 07712 221147 01491 641445
Liam Simpson-Trotman RG9 Binfield Heath 07952 503839 01189 403673
Ben Hornby OX11 Didcot 07739 666718
Toby Price OX14 Abingdon 07970 196108