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 Bumblebee or Wasp nests and suggest that in respect of Wasps, 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.

Talk and Demonstration of the Flow Hive

Stuart Anderson, co-inventor of the Flow Hive, is visiting the UK this spring, and will be giving a talk and demonstration on Monday 5th June ,7.30 p.m., to Bridgend Beekeepers Association, at Coytrahen Community Hall, near Bridgend, (see attachment Coytrahen Map 1).

PBKA members are welcome to attend but please contact Greg Nuttgens from Bridgend BKA asap if you intend going, just so he can make the necessary arrangements re numbers. Greg can be contacted at gnuttgens@yahoo.co.uk