East Lancashire Beekeepers' Association

Swarms

Swarm

Do you think you have found a swarm of honeybees?

Our association does offer a swarm collection service, where one of our members will come and remove the bees and re-hive.

If you think you have a swarm please leave it alone. Swarmed honeybees are usually docile (their stomachs are full of honey) but provoking them is not a good idea. Please also try to ensure what you have is a swarm of honeybees, please click on this link to help identify what you have found.

We are as an association taking a lot of calls regarding bumblebee nests. As part of the BBKA we do not encourage the removal of bumblebee nests and will not come out to remove them. Due to the nature and lifecycle of the bumblebee we would advise that you leave the nest alone if not causing any problems. The bumblebee queen will die off in autumn and the rest of the bees will die sooner and so the problem should remove itself. Please use the link for the bumblebee conservation trust for further advice.

If you are still not sure feel free to ring any of our swarm collectors from the areas below and they will do their best to offer advice and sort out the problem. Alternatively you can ring your local police force on 101 who also have the list of swarm collectors for the area.

A small charge may be made to collect swarms to cover expenses of the individual collector. Please note that all of our swarm collectors are volunteers and may not be able to respond immediately.

Association swarm catchers for 2014

BLACKBURN, DARWEN, ACCRINGTON , MELLOR

Victoria Winstanley Tel 07827 292844
Karen Ramsbottom Tel 01254 722514
Derek Ward Tel 01254 722648

CLITHEROE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

John Zamorski Tel 01200 427661
David Bush Tel 01200 428152

BURNLEY, ROSSENDALE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Alistair McLean 07815049283

NELSON, COLNE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Russel Piercy Tel 07523 639923
Barrie and Juli Scott Tel 07412 860025 / 07941 691216
Helen Howarth Tel 07710 772696

ALL THE ABOVE AREAS COVER

David Rayner Tel 01282 450270 / 07761 139528