Please remember that swarm collection is done by volunteer beekeepers at their own discretion.


Please have the answers to the following questions ready when you contact a local beekeeper.

The beekeeper will need to know where the swarm is and how long it has been there. A few questions you are likely to be asked:
  • Describe what you have seen or ideally be prepared to send a picture.
  • Size of cluster/how many? (1000 e.g. football size etc. – remember honey bee swarms are thousands not a dozen)
  • Location/access/parking (indoors, outdoors, chimney, etc)?
  • Height (e.g. 1st floor, roof top)?
  • How long have they been there?
  • Have you called anyone else?
  • Address/location/directions/parking including postcode?
  • Your name and contact number?
Steps for contacting a beekeeper:
  1. Please zoom in to your local area.
  2. Click on one of the bees and you will find a volunteer swarm collector’s contact details.
  3. Prepare your answers to the above questions and contact the volunteer.
  4. Please remember that we are volunteers and may not be able to come immediately.
  5. If the nearest beekeeper cannot or does not answer, please try another beekeeper.
  6. However, if you get in touch with one volunteer, who has said that they will come, please do not ring others.

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