Swarming is a natural process where bees leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home.
Most swarms occur on warm sunny days from May to the end of July, usually between the hours of 11am and 4pm.
Often there is a peak on a fine day after poor weather when temperatures approach the high teens.
Swarms can be dramatic but they normally settle into a cluster within 15 minutes.
Bees are crucial for our environment, they help plants grow by pollinating flowers, leading to fruits and seeds. This supports biodiversity, benefits our food supply, and sustains other animals and therefore despite public concerns of swarms they should not be regarded as pests.
If you think you have a swarm please use the Swarm Collector Map to find a local beekeeper to come and remove the honey bees.
Last Modified: 07/08/2023
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