The Association operates a voluntary swarm retrieval service throughout the county
as a public service. If you encounter a swarm please don't panic, leave the bees
undisturbed and telephone one of the Swarm Co-ordinators listed below. Apart from
giving your name, address and telephone number, it will be helpful if you can give
as much information as possible - size of the swarm, its location, height from the
ground and when the swarm arrived. Arrangements will be made for the nearest available
beekeeper to contact you with a view to capturing and removing the swarm.
Do seek assistance as soon as possible. Once a swarm has gone into a chimney or cavity,
it is usually difficult to remove.
Beekeepers are not insured and would be foolish to risk life or limb or risk damage
REMEMBER Swarm Co-ordinators and Collectors are VOLUNTEERS. They may be at work or
otherwise busy and will not always be available to respond immediately. The service
is to remove swarms of honey bees from accessible places. The beekeeper may be willing
to tackle wasp nests and bumblebee nests or give advice - but the beekeeper's interest
is primarily in honey bees.
The beekeeper acts as an individual and not on behalf of the Association. A charge
may be made or a donation to the Association requested. In the latter case if you
are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation.
Some recently collected swarms (Click on image to view a larger version)