Bee swarms

Question ...

Why do bees swarm? What should I do if we have a bee swarm arrive in our garden?

Answer ...

Bees swarm in June and July when the colony gets too big and some of them move off to look for new premises. They are not especially dangerous or aggressive, although they can look rather frightening. Swarms can be valuable to bee keepers so the best course of action is to contact a local bee keeper and they are usually quite happy to come along and round them up.

The British Bee Keepers Association website offers help and advice regarding bee swarms and your local police or environmental health office will have details of local beekeepers.

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