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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.

Once they have settled, please phone one of the members below and tell them the location of the swarm. Is it high in a tree, low in a bush, hanging on a wall? These things are all useful for the beekeeper so they know what equipment to bring.

The beekeeper will come and collect the swarm. In this case, the swarm has settled amongst the branches of a tree. The beekeeper has rested his swarm collecting box above the swarm and the bees should walk into it. They may need some encouragement with a bit of smoke.

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: - Keith Baty 07771538667 or email


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SCBKA Swarm Collectors

Richard Guy                       RG9      Henley-on-Thames      07984 485244     01491 636323

Chris Pye                           RG9      Shiplake                        07733 060233

Liam Trotman                    RG9      Binfield Heath               07952503839 

Jonathan Longley               RG9      Nettlebed                     07712 221147      01491 641445

Keith Baty                         RG8      Woodcote                      07771538667

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