Swarms and swarming
Many people consider swarms of bees to be a sign of good fortune – but beekeepers appreciate that it’s not everyone who wants to share their house or garden with bees. If they are honey bees, beekeepers can usually find a good home for them! Swarming bees may sound and look frightening but they are at their most harmless because they have very little to defend and are away from their hive. It is a natural way for honey bees to expand and find new homes. Many swarms will settle on a branch at first forming a ball anywhere from the size of an orange to a rugby ball. Not all the places they choose are as easy to get to as the picture below. Often they are only with you for a few hours whilst they find a new home and fly off.
- Don’t try to deal with the bees yourself.
- Leave them to settle down and keep a sensible distance.
- Call, message or email our dedicated Honey bee swarm collection co ordinator here.
Outside the Taunton area your local council (environmental health) or police station may have a list of local beekeepers.
You can search nationally for a swarm collector on the British Beekeepers Association website.