Swarm clustering on tree

Swarm clustering on branch

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
Sydling St Nicholas

Maiden Newton

Chris Thompson

Trevor Ford

01300 341888

07778 268323

Bridport area Carole Brown 01308 456210
Loders Liz Moxom 01308 485504
 Chideock and west Sarah More 01297 489489
Marshwood area  

Caroline Dilke


01297 678741




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.