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.
Have a look at this information sheet sheet to help you to identify whether you have a swarm of honey bees … or bumble bees!