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What do I do if a swarm of bees turns up?

If you have a swarm of bees - DON'T PANIC. The first thing to check is if they are honey bees. If they really are honey bees then ring your local beekeepers association. For more details on how to check what you have got and get help see our swarms page.

If you live near to Bridport in Dorset then you can ring us on 01308 423808.

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A Police Summons ...


No, we weren't in trouble, but when we got back from our Saturday shopping trip this afternoon there was a message from the Bridport Police for David.  Good man, he's registered with them to be notified of any swarms.  But was this really a swarm?

David spoke to the lady who had returned home from holiday to find lots of bees in her garden wall.  She was pretty sure they weren't wasps but we really doubted it was honey bees.

West Milton was not far from us and we had already planned to pop up to Mangerton Mill which is on the way so David reassured Sheila that we would pop in and assess the situation.

When we got there we found it was indeed white tailed bumble bees (bombus lucorum) nesting in the wall and Sheila was more than pleased to find that her bee-friendly garden really had worked.  As we were watching and spotting all of the different types of bees that were feasting on the surrounding flora, a much larger bee seemed to enter the nest (bombus terrestris we think).  There were two nests and two different types of bumble bee nesting side by side.

We left the bees and Sheila happy in the knowledge that the bee life of Dorset was bumbling along nicely.

To see pictures of bombus lucorum and bombus terrestris go to http://www.bumblebeeconservationtrust.co.uk/bumblebees_id.htm
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