Bees swarming is a natural occurrence most often in Spring. Bee swarms are identified by a mass of bees clustered on a post or hanging from a tree or some other structure and looks like a live bunch of grapes. The bees may stay in this cluster for a few minutes up to a few days while they look for a new home.
Swarming bees are not dangerous and are just looking for a new home and should be left alone, do not spray them with a hose, smoke or insecticide as you may get stung. The bees will not harm you if they are left alone!
The HBKA has members who are willing to collect swarms of bees, or nests in houses or gardens, when members of the public prefer to have them removed. They will be happy to discuss any Honeybee matters with curious members of the public.
| Huntingdon including
|Roger Wood||01480509159 or 07950784534|
|Kathy Cairns||01480860526 or 07760773377|
| Allan Lewis
|Alconbury & W of Huntingdon||John Newman||01480890404|
|Molesworth||Geoff Burn||01832710349 or 768022670|
| St Ives including
Houghton, Wyton &
|David Hetherington||01480393262 or 07841543011|
|John Brown||01480465138 or 07990584979|
|Fen Drayton||Michael Rattigan||07930140141|
|Bluntisham||Richard Kenyon||01487843377 or 07873549872|
|Bar Hill||Mark Wooldridge||07980092275|
|Pidley||Andrew Purcell||01487840425 or 07771865987|
|Warboys||Peter Wood-Eeles||01487822825 or 07802192648|
|Ramsey St Mary’s||Jeff McCall||07584038586|
|Malcolm McGregor||01733844587 or 07855505383|
|Whittlesey||Paul Howe||01733840725 or 07855555973|
|March||Alan Mitch||01354688089 or 07738079804|
|Charles Godfrey||01354650664 or 07739923182|
|St Neots||Jan Wagstaff||01480470970|
|Eaton Ford||John Warren||07927407737|
|Great Paxton||Nina Sanders||01480216237 or 0774775724|
Please be aware of and responsible for your own and others safety when picking up a swarm, do not take unnecessary risks; bees will always look after themselves.
Do not overreach horizontally or vertically, stand on anything, which could be unsafe, and be aware of spectators coming too close for example to take a picture.
Also, make sure you have all your equipment ready to hand and are properly suited before approaching the swarm.
If you experience a situation where you are uncomfortable when faced with picking up a swarm, please call Roger Wood or David Hetherington who may be able to help.
Please refer to our website to look for members who want a swarm for themselves.
You may be able to help get a new beekeeper started by providing a swarm for them.