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.

Beginners’ Beekeeping Course – More places now available!

Due to an unprecedented demand for this course, we have been able to secure additional capacity at the Picton Centre in Haverfordwest for the one-day classroom based beginners’ course on Saturday 8th April 2017 at the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest.

These courses have been very popular and given many potential beekeepers the confidence to proceed to practical lessons with Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Places will fill up quickly, so prompt booking to ensure a place is strongly recommended!

To find out more, please email: pauleades@btinternet.com for details and an application form.