Got A Swarm?

If you come across or have a swarm of honey bees on your property please do not destroy it unless it is an emergency. Members of Weardale Beekeepers are willing to remove any accessible swarm of honey bees. 

Swarms may look alarming but are normally very calm as long as they are left alone. You are most likely to see swarms from May to the end of July. 

We only collect swarms of honeybees, so it is helpful to have a description or both the bees and where they are situated. People get confused between wasps, bumblebees, solitary bees and honeybees. If possible, take some pictures with your phone, you can then share them with the beekeeper once you have made contact. 

Please check the BBKA website for advice on telling honey bees from other bees or flying insects:

https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm 

If you have a problem with wasps or hornets then we suggest you contact your local county council pest control department. 

If you have bees in the structure of your property you can find advice here: https://www.bbka.org.uk/swarm

Bumblebees are generally harmless unless they feel threatened. Their nests do not contain large numbers of bees and are only used for one summer, with the occupants departing at the end of summer. They do not cause structural damage. Should you have a bumblebee nest in your garden or house you should consider leaving it alone as British bumblebees are in decline.

 

Further information about bumble bees can be found at: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/

Please note beekeepers will not remove bumble bee nests.

 

 

If you have a swarm of honeybees, members in the following areas may be able to assist:

 

Edmundbyers, Muggleswick, Blanchland, Waskerley, Hunstanworth, Townfield and Rookhope area:

 Dot Coe - 01434 675547 or 07775179597

 Bob Matthews - 07790857322

Rookhope area:

Ros Nichol - 01388 517573

Tow Law, Crook and Wolsingham area: 

Dot Coe - 01434 675547 or 07775179597

Wearhead, St John’s Chapel, Westgate, Eastgate, Stanhope, and Frosterley area: 

Alan Chambers - 07813772524

 

Any area: 

Julie and Rob Chester - 01388 537609 or 07887560320

 

Asian Hornet

 

This is an invasive species that is not native to the UK. It looks like a large black wasp with a single orange band on its abdomen, orange face and yellow legs. Asian hornet nests MUST NOT BE APPROACHED as these insects can aggressively defend their nest.

If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet please read the following information about how to report it. 

https://www.bbka.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/asian-hornet-faqs

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