Swarms

If you are made aware of an accessible honeybee swarm (if possible check they actually are honeybees) that needs collecting, please provide your enquirer with the contact details of the swarm co-ordinator who will arrange for a swarm collector nearest the location of the swarm.

In the summer we get many calls and questions from people with bees in their houses, outbuildings and gardens.

There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one European honey bee (Apis mellifera). As well as honey bees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. .

Our volunteers beekeepers can only assist in cases of swarms OF HONEY BEES

If you have Bumblebees please contact the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Whilst swarming bees are usually docile and non-aggressive, they can be dangerous so do not approach without appropriate protective clothing.

DO NOT delay in calling us, they may move on into your building/roof/chimney.

If you have a swarm of honey bees be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your location
  • Where the swarm has settled and how high off the ground
  • How a beekeeper will be able to gain access to the swarm

Please call our Swarm Collection Co-ordinator who covers the whole of the New Forest, and he will arrange for a Beekeeper to come and safely re-home your swarm.

Warwick Newson 07976 258 062