Late summer swarms…

Thanks to some local contacts Bungay Community Bees hived five swarms in July, we lost one due to being queenless and one that left the following day, but three remain. We also had two emerge from our National hive at Barsham, it’s all got to be good for the genetic diversity of the local bee population. HereĀ  are some pictures of us hiving some of the incoming swarms:

Alburgh: using a skep that came with the swarm – the bees were so calm in this I’m determined to get some/make some for our own use before next year. It housed the swarm perfectly and it was so easy to gently drop them into the hive….

 

Earsham: A late call as I was on my way home from Bungay Beehive Day – with the demonstration hive in my car – led to a rapid assembly operation and a shook swarm as the light was rapidly fading…

Bungay: A swarm housed in a nuc box that was too small needed more space – so we were happy to offer them one of our remaining horizontal top bar hives…

Flixton: we have moved the apiary up to the top of the hill near the newly planted pond and wildflower meadow. This swarm came from Harleston where they were rather conveniently gathered on the edge of bush in the centre of a lawn at head height. Mike and Ollie got dressed up in their suits to collect them while I wandered around taking some pictures. Unfortunately one of the bees on guard duty thought I was a menace and got me on the scalp…. Anyway, they are now happy in Flixton.

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