Swarms

Information for members of the public who think that they may have a swarm of honey bees, and for beekeepers who may be interested in helping by catching and removing the swarm.


Honey Bee Swarm Collectors Protocol

This page and the ones that it links to provide you with guidance with what you can do when you discover a swarm of honey bees like the ones in the picture on the right.

Beekeepers are only able to help the public when retrieving a swarm of honey bees as only then are they adequately insured.  You should expect to be questioned about the bees that you have found before a beekeeper will agree to visit you.

Beekeepers are not insured if they do it for commercial gain, however Chalfonts Beekeepers Society will be pleased to accept a donation from you towards the aims of the Society.

Click here to open a new window to read the Swarm Collectors Protocol, or click below to download a copy.

Downloads

  • Swarm Collectors Protocol
    Swarm Collectors Protocol

    This document details the swarm collectors list, how to be listed and how to find your local beekeepers who may be able to help by collecting a swarm of honey bees. It also explains what to consider before approaching or collecting a swarm of honey bees. It finishes with the requirements and responsibilities of a swarm collector.


Verify That You Have a Swarm of Honey Bees

Click on the picture that matches what you have got.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of bumblebees.

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Solitary Bees

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Wasps

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of Hornets

Beekeepers only look after Honey Bees