Swarming is an entirely natural activity, and is the bees’ way of perpetuating the colony by the old queen and her flying bees leaving to find a new home.
They wait a short distance from their old hive while they send out scouts to find suitable accomodation; during the summer, you may find a ball of bees hanging from a branch, or in a hedgerow, awaiting their reports before making a decision and moving on. Usually, that’s the last you see of them, but occasionally they may end up in a chimney or in other parts of buildings where they can cause a nuisance.
If you do find a swarm, please get in touch with us, and we’ll try to come out to collect it.
Contacts in West Dorset
|Swarm Co-ordinator||Carole Brown||01308 456210|
|Corscombe||Bill Brushett||01935 83767|
|Bridport area||Carole Brown
|Loders||Liz Moxom||01308 485504|
|Burton Bradstock||Colin Clark||01308 897412|
|Chideock and Westwards||Sarah More
For other areas in Dorset, please contact the local associations. You can find their contact details through the Dorset County Beekeepers Association website.
If you’d like to know more about swarms, there’s some information on the British Beekeepers Association website, including guidance on distinguishing between honeybees, bumblebees and wasps.