We are now in the time of year when honeybees tend to swarm and they insist in doing so, despite all the efforts that our beekeepers take to discourage them!
It is, after all, a natural event and even gives a beekeeper an opportunity to increase his stock, an opportunity that many keepers welcome.
Bees have been in decline over the past few years for reasons that are not really understood. Certainly many stocks have been weakened by the Varroa mite and although most keepers take steps to control mite infestations, many have lost several of their hives.
Only a few people in the Audlem area keep bees but several more have expressed an interest in doing so. A swarm in May and June can be easily hived to form the nucleus of a new colony or expand an existing keeper's stock. But often a swarm is lost and honeybees seldom survive outside a hive.
If you see a swarm you can help by immediately phoning one of us on the attached list. Let us know where it is and we will try to offer the bees a home. Don't approach or disturb the swarm. Just give us a call. We have all the equipment:
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