Newly Arrived Swarm.
Do you have a newly arrived swarm of honey bees, similar to these pictures.Watch this 1.5 min video to see how a swarm in an easy location was collected in June 2013 at Judd School, Tonbridge Click on: Judd Swarm.
All these pictures show their first staging post before the scout bees find a more suitable home in a chimney, roof space or behind tiles. It is therefore important to have it removed quickly, by contacting a local beekeeper, before it takes up residence in your's or someone else's home.
Who to contact: If you are certain they are a swarm of honey bees, please contact any one of the following, who live nearest to you. They usually make a charge to cover petrol expenses and their time. This will be in the order of £20, as they may have to call twice to remove the swarm in the evening when all the flying bees have returned:
[During the months June and July can be very busy months for swarm collectors, so if you do not get a reply from the 1st on this list, move onto the next one nearest to you.]
John Farrow [Kemsing] Tel: 01732 764 248 or 07 989 421 927
Sarah Rapley [Seal] Tel: 01732 761 441 or 07 970 484 232
Richard Crews [Sevenoaks] Tel: 01732 460 035
Bret. McCulloch [Ivy Hatch] Tel: 01732 811 050 or 07 871 098 989
Brian Wood [Vigo] Tel: 01732 823 373
Tunbridge Wells Area
Peter Hutton [T. Wells] Tel: 07 941 375 589 [Swarm Co-ordinator]
Ellen Montelius [T. Wells] Tel: 01892 532 190
Clive Allcorn [Collier St.] Tel: 01892 730 311 or 07 989 356 111
Finally if you cannot contact anyone above you can enter your postcode and find the nearest beekeeper to you who should be able to help by downloading: Swarm Collector
Swarms in Buildings.
If you discover that the swarm has already entered your building, please read this article, to see what is involved.
Not all beekeepers are prepared to remove swarms from buildings because beekeepers are very rarely builders and they may not be prepared to undertake any dismantling or repair work required. Download: Bees in Buildings for more information before contacting a beekeeper.
Or read the above article by Peter Hutton who was a builder and has over 50 years beekeeping experience: