Report a Swarm
Swarms of bees are a seasonal gift to the beekeeper. From May through to July colonies of bee will occasionally split, this is their way of reproducing and is called swarming. Bees often decide that your garden, the wall of your house or even your car might be a good place to stop for a day or two before they find their new, permanent home. It is at this time that they can be easily caught and re-homed into a purpose built hive.
At Weald Place Farm we are undergoing a study of wild colonies and swarms of bees in the UK to try and gauge the health of the wild bee population. So if you are lucky enough to find a swarm of bees, then we would love to give it a new home.
In return we will come to collect the swarm, keep you updated on its health over the first season and give you a free jar of honey.
We also will perform colony extractions, where possible. If you are unlucky, a swarm of bees may arrive at your house or outbuildings and decide that a chimney or wall cavity would make a nice new home. Once they have moved in, there is little you can do about it short of gaining access to the nest space and physically removing the comb and bees.
We work with a number of sympathetic building companies who will remove brickwork or cladding, allowing us to remove the bees, then repair the property to the same or better condition than when we started. The cost of this work can usually be claimed back from your home insurer.
I would also like to pointout that we do not sell any swarms that we catch over the course of a season the risk of spreadding desise is just to great and we will not be resonsable for this so all swans are plased in quarentine apairy sites that alloed to build up. Through out the season they are inspected by FERA for bee desises then next year they will go into our honey system, not sold to the public.