What should you do?

Stay Calm! Try and identify exactly what it is that has arrived in your garden without getting yourself stung. Where possible, keep others away from the potential swarm. There are numerous images of Honey Bee swarms on the internet, do yours look like these images? A swarm of Honey bees can number tens of thousands. Bumble bees, Solitary bees, Wasps and Hornets will generally be many fewer. If you are still undecided about what you have, then look here for more information.

If you are fairly certain that what you have are Honey Bees, then you can contact our swarm coordinator on 07927 941065. They will try to ascertain if they are Honey Bees and if they are, they will try to arrange for a local Beekeeper to call and collect the swarm. Please be aware that beekeeping for most is a hobby and we have jobs during the daytime, and so may not be able to come out immediately.

If the Swarm Coordinator is not contactable you should look here. You can type in your postcode, and it will list the beekeepers nearest to you who may be able to help.

If you are unable to contact a beekeeper and you have a swarm in a tree or bush, it is likely that the bees will move on to a new home within a day or so.

Relax with a drink and binoculars and watch the activity from a safe distance.