Swarms

  Swarm                                                              


Please note that a swarm of honey bees consists of a mass of bees in a cluster the size of a rugby ball. 

A honey bee is small and can vary in colour from golden brown to almost black.

If you see only a few insects, they are probably not honey bees - and certainly not a swarm. They may be wasps, bumbles bees, solitary bees or hornets rather than honey bees, which Gwent Beekeepers CIO are unable to collect or remove.  However, if you think you have found a swarm of honey bees, please contact one of the Swarm Liaison Officers listed below, who will arrange for the swarm to be collected. Or if you know of a local beekeeper to whom they might belong, contact the beekeeper.

SWARM LIAISON OFFICERS

 NORTH GWENT
Abergavenny
Crickhowell
Grosmont

 

Ken Key


01873 852512 

 

kenkey@btinternet.com

 SOUTH GWENT 
Monmouth
Raglan
Usk
Newport


Tony & Helen Davies


 01873
851224

07908
354770

 

thomdavies@talktalk.net

 WEST GWENT
Blaenavon
Cwmbran
Pontypool

 
Chris Taylor

 
07447
096864

 
cntaylor1981@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE that if you are unable to contact the Swarm Liaison Officer for your area, contact one of the other officers for help and advice about collecting a swarm.

All the members of Gwent Beekeepers CIO are volunteers; whilst we do not charge for removal of swarms, the charity welcomes donations for the time and expense freely given by the members.

If there is a need to remove bees from roofs, soffits, chimneys or any other inaccessible part of a building, it is a job for a builder with appropriate insurance cover.  Gwent Beekeepers CIO has members who are builders, who are able to give a quote for such work ensuring the appropriate work insurance is in place and the bees' welfare is addressed.