Honey Bee Swarms
This year wildlife including honeybees are at least 2 weeks ahead of an average year. This means that our honey bees are preparing to swarm 2 weeks early and many Beekeepers new and old may lose a swarm. Wild honey bees living in trees, buildings and chimneys will also be preparing to swarm.
What do you do if you think you see a swarm of honey bees
- Confirm that they are honey bees using the link below to the BBKA website. Many people get confused with bumblebees and honeybees, especially tree bumblebees.
- Try taking a photo or video without putting yourself in danger, the collector may ask to see this before attending.
- Once confirmed, contact your local swarm collector who will come out and re-home them.
- Don’t panic and do not try and tackle them yourself.
- Warn others if they are in a public place until the beekeeper arrives.
- Lastly, most Beekeepers do not make any charge for collecting a swarm of honey bees, some will ask for a contribution towards their fuel but may waiver this for a cuppa tea and a biscuit. Collecting a swarm usually involves two visits, one to hive the swarm and the next to collect the hive usually around dusk once all the flying bees have returned.
To find out who your nearest beekeeper is, click on to the following webpage and then follow the instructions.
If you still are having problems then please call our Swarm Coordinator, Chris Saunders, on 07927 941065.
19:30, September the 7th – Bucks Head – Little Wymondley.
We are holding an informal meeting at the Bucks Head. Its an ideal opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, to talk about our favourite subjects – Bees, beekeeping and honey! We’ll repeat the meeting each month during the beekeeping season to discuss the issues we are having over a pint of brew and things that we need to prepare for as the season progresses.
What we do
Beekeeping for most of us, is our hobby. We have talks and discussions during the winter months. During the summer months we tend our bees, and meet at local apiaries to discuss what we have seen during bee inspections, and any local and national news that might affect our beekeeping. These summer meetings usually culminate in the drinking of tea & coffee and the consumption of cakes and sandwiches.
North Herts BKA covers from the borders of Luton across to the Essex border and from Knebworth & Kimpton to the borders of Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire. We are a division of Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association and in turn are a part of the British Beekeepers Association.
Why join a Beekeeping society? At North Herts Beekeepers, you will have access to hundreds of years of beekeeping knowledge and experience. The society also has a number of sites where you can keep a hive or hives, as most of us do not have gardens of sufficient size, or neighbours accommodating enough to allow us to keep bees at home.
Members also enjoy insurance cover for their bees against disease, through affiliation to the BBKA, as well as help and assistance in all beekeeping pursuits. We also run a scheme of mentoring for new beekeepers, where an experienced beekeeper will be available for the newcomer to contact and discuss any issues or worries that they might have concerning their bees.
If you think you might have an interest and would like to find out more, contact the secretary for more information, and perhaps you can come along to a meeting and experience the bees first hand. We have a number of protective beesuits available for you to borrow so there is no excuse to experience the thrill of being in the company of a colony of honey bees.
We are also present at shows, large and small, around the county, so please check out the calendar page and perhaps we will see you some time soon.