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Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

Yesterday I was walking home with some shopping along a suburban road when suddenly I was in the midst of a swarm of bees. I instinctively ran, then realising they had no interest in me I looked back to see the swarm was milling around a Birch tree in someone's front garden. Will these be Hive bees actually belonging to a Bee keeper or could they be wild bees? with all the reports on the demise of bees and noticing the pollinators in my garden have been Bumble Bees and Hover flies I was very pleased to see them after my initial shock.



  • BamboogieBamboogie Posts: 239

    It was probably someone honey bees swarming, more than one queen in the hive and she's off! Really is an awesome sight and sound isn't it!

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im no expert and you will most likely get a better answer, but as far as l know, these are wild bees that break away from an established hive to make a new one, bee keepers are often asked to collect such hives and are more than happy to as this increases their stock.

    As you found, they arent aggressive unless you are a direct threat image
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    If no Keeper "adopts" them I guess there is the worry that they cannot survive the winter without human aid? I will go back and look, if they are still there I will try an locate a local bee keeper.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im sure they will be fine image
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    The British Beekeeper Association should be able to help you find a local keeper.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Thank you Clarington

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,306
    We have the results of a swarm of honey bees in our roof space. They go in and out of their 'hive' using a crack in the cement under the ridge tiles.

    They have been there for two years now. I suppose I could rob the comb of honey if I could only squeeze through the 2 foot square access hatch into the loft. I think they know where they are safe!
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I went back to the Road and found there were no bees to be seen today, hopefully a Bee Keeper has collected them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Bees can survive without human aid Invicta.  They managed fine tbefore man started farming them

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    Too true. They only began to decline when man interfered.

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