Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Honey Bees

A message from Brian Bush (MBBKA and BBKA area swarm officer) 

The honey bee swarming season is fast approaching and The Beekeepers Of the Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association and their colleagues in the British Beekeepers Association need the help of the general public.
Last year was a record year for the number of Honey Bee Swarms.
Members of the public in the MBBKA area reported over 250 swarms of which approx. half were collected by MBBA members and housed safely.
 How Can You Help?

If you think you have a swarm of honey bees:
  • Try and ensure they are Honey Bees and not Wasps or Bumble Bees.
  • Ring a swarm collector.
Please give accurate information:
  • A post code and address as well as a contact name and number.
  • Where the bees are situated:
  • In a tree?
  • How far off the ground?
  • Will a ladder be required?
  • Do they represent a potential danger to the public?
  • Overhanging a footpath?
  • In school grounds?
Keep the bee keeper updated. (He does not want to drive 20 miles to be told the swarm departed just after you rang!!)

 Swarm Collection is a Free Service
MBBKA Swarm Hotline 07770370132

For more information, see the British Beekeepers Association website  where you will find help to identify honey bees, contact details and further information.