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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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Beekeeping highlights

Our first bees

Although we first had some bees late in 2007, it was April 2008 when we collected a 5-frame nuc to set up our new apiary in the garden.  Pictures of us settling them in can be found here and for details on hiving the nucleus, follow this link.

Collecting Swarms

Photos and narrative on collecting our first swarm from our next door neighbour's garden can be found here or see a movie clip of hiving the swarm.

A swarm in July ... and another one!

Read the blog entry on Running in the swarm - on this one you actually get to see the queen walking into the hive.  (The adjacent entry on this page has a recording of a strange noise coming from the bees.)

Swarming instinct - yes, our own bees swarm too.

Shook Swarms

Read what we did here.

Extracting honey

Uncapping the frames, extracting the honey and sieving into the settling tank - our second batch.

More images from the Apiary

The ladies of the apiary can be seen here.

A new queen in hive 1, marked green and our shy queen in hive 3 in the garden.

All of our 2009 queens at Green Lane can be seen here

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