Although spring appears to be very slow this year in the next few weeks there will be a flurry of honey bee swarms.
There is a swarm collection service provided by the Mid Bucks Bee Keepers Association in conjunction with the British Bee Keepers Association.
If contacted by the public reporting a swarm of bees we will do our best to collect it if possible and provide advice and guidance to people.
Last year we dealt with over 300 calls from the general public and commercial organisations.
Our members attended over 120 honey bee swarms.
This is probably a good sign of the health of the pollinator population in our area.
The mild wet winter and this cold spring have not been good for honey bees in particular so every swarm will be important to us as beekeepers.
MBBKA Swarm Hotline 07770 370132 or BBKA British Bee Keepers Association website http:www.bbka.org.uk
Advice on swarms as a downloadable pdf available here
swarm collection 2016
(MBBKA & BBKA swarm officer)