Swarm clustering on tree

Swarm clustering on tree

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!

Contacts in West Dorset

Swarm Co-ordinator/Collector Carole Brown 01308 456210
Sydling St Nicholas

Maiden Newton

Chris Thompson

Trevor Ford

01300 341888

07778 268323

Bridport area

Burton Bradstock

Carole Brown

Terry Knight

01308 456210

07527 781039

07831 410702

01308 897686


Toller Pocorum

Liz Moxom

Peter Crabbe

01308 485504

07772 661842

 Chideock and west Sarah More 01297 489489
Marshwood area Caroline Dilke 01297 678741

07543 709846

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. You will also find a map which shows the location and contact details of registered swarm collectors across the counrty.