Thursday, 6 June 2013

LIVE: Collecting a Honey Bee Swarm

I know I haven't blogged for a while, but what better way to get back in to it than a live post from my Grandparent's house whilst collecting a swarm.

I was down the allotment just about to put my sweetcorn in and my mobile started ringing. It was my Grandad
'Martin, your grandma wants you'
'Ok. Hi Grandma.'
'Martin there's a swarm of bees outside the back door do you want them.'
'Yes please. l'll be there in 5 minutes!!'

So, I put the sweetcorn in the she ready for planting tomorrow morning. Dashed home, got my veil and off I went. This is the 3rd year in a row that a swarm has congregated by/at my Grandma's house!! However this is the only year that I've had an empty hive to house them in!!

They were congregated on a wall so I scooped as many as I could in to the bucket before turning it over and waiting for the rest to follow on in. I'm just waiting for the last few stragglers whilst having a coffee indoors. Here's a few pictures, I'll let you know how it goes and maybe I'll even make an allotment blog tomorrow!!

Thanks for reading,



  1. Yikes, I would not have went within a mile of them!I like to plant flowers to attract bees as I have been reading about the decline of the honey bee around the world and we will all suffer if they cannot do the job nature intended them to do but having said that sooner you than me gathering them! do keep us updated on their progress

  2. Woah! That looks amazing. Heres hoping they settle in their new home. Good luck!

  3. Wow! That's an impressive swarm. I'm so glad you were able to collect them and they weren't just destroyed. How did it turn out? There was a bee keeping course offered at my university that I found out about too late to take. I keep wishing I had, then maybe I could do cool things like this! What do you do with the honey? Ever make any beeswax candles? Congrats on a new swarm (hope it turns out for the best) and a great blog.

  4. Are you ever coming back to blog?


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