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If you suspect there is a swarm of honey bees, having read the guidance notes below, you can report it by following the beeswarm link below. Please remember that we are amateur beekeepers and that whilst we will endeavour to deal with all requests, sometimes it is not possible due to the location of the swarm or the availability of volunteers in that location.

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Please read the notes below if you are completing the contact form to notify us of a swarm. Please remember, also, that wasps, bumblebees and honey bees are all pollinators as are hoverflies, butterflies, moths and other insects. They are all doing an important and valuable job.

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Wasp

WASPS - Please note that the Society DOES NOT deal with wasps, they will need to be removed by a BPCA or NPTA approved pest control company.

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Bumble Bee

BUMBLEBEES - Bumblebees don’t usually cause a problem, live in much smaller colonies than honey bees (up to a few hundreds coma-pared to tens of thousands) and will abandon the nest site at the end of the season (normally Late July, latest end October).  That is the best time to fill up the entrance hole if you do not wish them to populate the space in future years. Bear in mind though that blocking the one hole does not prevent Bumblebees from finding another 'cosy corner' in your house or garden. The Society does not remove Bumblebees either but if you would like more information about them, including when and how to move a nest, please take a look a the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

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Honey Bee

HONEY BEES - We are happy to inform our members about any reported swarm of honey bees and ask for one of them to volunteer to collect the swarm, provided that it is accessible. Often the bees will swarm to a tree or hedge within easy reach of the ground before finding a permanent new home.

Wat is a Honey Bee Swarm - Basically a swarm is the mass movement of honey bees from one home to the next. The most common reason for the bees to do this is when a colony gets to a certain size and splits into two colonies, this is normal behaviour and is just the bees way of expanding.

A swarm can be quite a frightening sight when ‘on the wing’ with possibly thousands (or tens of thousands) of bees swirling around. Once they land and group together they appear much calmer, and you could almost walk past without noticing them.

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Bees grouped together hanging from a branch

Our members are normally happy to come and collect a honey bee swarm and rehouse them in a safe and appropriate site. This helps alleviate the possible problems caused when the bees decide to make their home in your house, outbuilding or somewhere else equally problematic.

If you have such a swarm and would like it collected by a beekeeper, please complete the above form with the following information:-

1) Name - Your name (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else please include their name in the 'Message'.

2) Post Code - Location of the swarm or your address post code if it is close by. Please do not provide full address at this stage. That can be provided to the volunteer that contacts you to collect.

3) Email address - include your email address (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else and would like us to correspond with them please include their email address in the 'Message'.

4) Phone Number - include your own land line or mobile number (if you are reporting on behalf of someone else please also include their landline and/or mobile number in the 'Message'.

5) Subject - this should include an indication of the area the swarm is located  e.g.  Swarm in Sketty

6) Message - please describe in as much detail as possible:

In or on what the swarm is located including how high off the ground e.g. I have identified honeybees approx. 2m off the ground in a bush in my garden.

If the swarm is on your property or someone else's and if there is any restriction to access

How long the swarm has been in the location you are reporting (if you know).

Any other information you feel may be relevant should be included here. Do not Include your full postal address here.

It would help greatly if you can include/upload a photo of the swarm and the item the swarm is on.

A message will be sent to Society members closest to you,  which will include the above information and you (or the person on whose property the swarm is) will be contacted for the full address of where the swarm is located.

If the swarm is high in a tree, or in an inaccessible part of the building, we may not be able to collect it. If the bees are in a chimney, we regret we cannot access them and the best advice that we can give is, if the chimney is open, to smoke them out immediately, before they have a chance to settle. It is a natural reaction for the bees to move on if there is smoke and fire near them. If the chimney has not been used for some time then please balance this option with the risk of setting the chimney alight.

If they are in a cavity wall or roof, we regret we cannot collect them unless the space can be opened e.g. a flat roof is being re-covered, tiles/slates being removed for access. If the bees are causing a problem they may have to be destroyed, which we would not do (the services of a BPCA or NPTA registered pest control company would be required and they should be informed that you have already contacted the local Beekeepers Society and no other option is available) and the area made bee proof after treatment to prevent robbing by other bees or other swarms being attracted to the site.