Swarm Identification and Collection
The HWBKA has a team of competent beekeepers prepared to collect swarms in the local area. If you have noticed a swarm of honey bees, they should be collected as soon as possible. Swarms usually settle for a while in a cluster on a branch of a tree or similar location before moving off to make a new home. This could be in a cavity wall of a house, a chimney, or some other inconvenient place – it’s much better to collect the swarm before it moves off. The collected swarm will be re-housed in a beehive. Swarming happens from April to October but mostly in May and June.
Charges: There is no charge for this service, and our members are unpaid volunteers. Donations are gratefully accepted and will help support bee education in schools and a bee research project at Royal Holloway College. HWBKA is a registered charity and gift aid is possible.
Collection Area: We normally collect swarms in the High Wycombe area shown on the map. If you are outside this area it is better that you contact one of the other swarm collection services below:
- High Wycombe & District – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07854 092228
- Mid Bucks BKA – email@example.com Tel: 07850 085767
- South Oxon BKA – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chalfonts BKA – www.chalfontsbeekeepers.co.uk/ Tel: 0700 39 00 403
- Slough and Windsor BKA – slough-windsor-maidenhead Tel: 01753 642656
We can help with honey bee swarms only – If you are unsure, please read the following information: