Swarms

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Do you think you have found a swarm of honeybees?

Our association does offer a swarm collection service, where one of our members will come and remove the bees and re-hive.

Swarming is the natural way that a colony of honey bees reproduces. It happens when a new Queen has been formed and is almost ready to emerge from her cell.

In preparation honey bees gorge on honey prior to their journey in search of  a suitable nesting site. When they are ready to go the bees leave the hive and can appear as a cloud in the air. We tend to spot them when they are resting as a cluster with the Queen at their centre. Without her there is no future for the colony.

The resting place for a swarm can be in the most unusual of places and should not be confused bees-on-a-bench_smwith a wasp nest. Swarming bees have little interest in people when in this mode. Their priority is to find a safe place to set up their new colony, so you have little to fear from them

If you think you have a swarm please leave it alone. Swarmed honeybees are usually docile (their stomachs are full of honey) but provoking them is not a good idea. Swarms can be badly damaged by high winds and heavy rainfall, so please do contact us as soon as posssible if you see a swarm.

Please also try to ensure what you have is a swarm of honeybees, please click on this link to help identify what you have found.

If you are still not sure feel free to ring any of our swarm collectors from the areas below and they will do their best to offer advice and sort out the problem.

A small charge may be made to collect swarms to cover expenses of the individual collector. Please note that all of our swarm collectors are volunteers and may not be able to respond immediately.

Association swarm catchers for 2017

BLACKBURN, DARWEN, ACCRINGTON , MELLOR

John Cookson Tel 01254 702483
Jeff Ellis Tel 01254 884795 / 07900 857548
Derek Ward Tel 01254 772648
Karl Francis Tel 07501 771264

CLITHEROE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

John Zamorski Tel 01200 427661
Peter Duckworth Tel 07590 467479

BURNLEY, ROSSENDALE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Victoria Winstanley Tel 07827 292844
Alistair McLean Tel 07815 049283
Ken Isherwood Tel 01282 774882 / 07963151804

NELSON, COLNE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

John Garnett Tel 07432 265376
Martyn Hartley Tel 07971 521160

ALL EAST LANCS AREA COVER

David Rayner Tel 07761 139528