Swarms and Swarm Collecting

At this time of year we get a lot of queries from members of the public about swarms of bees. One noticeable trend has been the number of reports concerning bees found in the roof or facias of buildings, bird boxes etc. This may be the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus Hypnorum), which is a recent visitor to the UK, but is becoming more common.

Unlike other bumblebees which tend to nest in the ground, the Tree Bumblebee likes to live higher up, typically in bird boxes and roof spaces. Further information can be found from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Please note that we do not remove bees from buildings. Nor do we remove Bumblebee or Wasp nests and suggest that in respect of these, you contact Pembrokeshire County Council’s, Pest Control Service.

However, if you come across a swarm of Honey Bees in Pembrokeshire and would like advice, please contact Alan Johnson on 07867 988597.

For further information on swarms please click here.

Urgent Warning to PBKA Members

Would PBKA members please note that there has been an outbreak of EFB in the St David’s area and an outbreak of AFB in the Wisemans Bridge area. The information relating to this is on Beebase at http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/public/BeeDiseases/efbReport.cfm

We have been advised by the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales to direct you to the National Bee Unit (NBU) factsheet Apiary_Hygiene_and_Quarantine for your information and action. Also ‘Foulbrood Disease of Honey Bees and other common brood disorders’ has a lot of information on biosecurity and barrier management, including ‘10 rules for foulbrood control’. These are on Beebase at:

http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=167

We strongly recommend that all PBKA members sign up to Beebase in order to ensure that they receive any warnings and to obtain advice etc in the event of a disease outbreak.

Beekeepers within 3km of the outbreak with a current email address on Beebase will have been emailed an alert from the NBU. All beekeepers within 5km of an outbreak should exercise vigilance as per the above factsheet, which also covers swarm collection.

Please also note that we will be holding a National Bee Unit Beekeeper Advice Surgery on July 15th at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest which will cover bee diseases and details on this can be obtained NBU Advice Surgeries Flyer 2017. Specific details re times etc to follow in due course and we would urge you all to attend.