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THE SOUTH BUCKS
HONEY BEE SWARM
REPORTING SERVICE

Mid Bucks BKA and High Wycombe BKA work together to provide a list of experienced beekeepers who are able, when the swarm is readily accessible, to retrieve and re-home a honey bee swarm.
Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when some 60% of the worker honey bees leave the original colony location with the current queen and look for a new home. A swarm can contain thousands to tens of thousands of bees and can look (and sound!), intimidating but are generally not aggressive as they have no hive or honey to protect, they are just in the process of moving house!
If found and reported in good time, honey bees can often be successfully captured and re-homed into more appropriate accommodation.

Please note that our volunteers CANNOT help with bumble bees, wasps or any other insect or pest infestation. 
This service is ONLY for reporting honey bee swarms.
Also, our members are volunteers, so please understand that there will be situations where our members may not be able to retrieve a swarm, for instance if the swarm is established within the fabric of a building or high up in trees, and a professional pest controller may still be required.
More information on what the BBKA recommend should you find honey bees within the fabric of a building can be found here – Bees in Buildings 2021 – v 14-4-2021

Are you reporting a honey bee swarm found…

...in South Bucks

To locate a honey bee swarm collection volunteer within South Bucks - Aylesbury to High Wycombe.
 

...wider Bucks or outside the county

Locate a swarm collection volunteer elsewhere within Bucks or outside the county, please use the British Beekeepers Association Swarm Reporting page.

Honey bees can swarm from a warm early Spring through to a warm late Summer.

  • The majority of swarming activity is April to June.
  • A honey bee swarm can look (and sound!) very intimidating.
  • Bees in a swarm are actually house-hunting, so can be less inclined to be defensive.
  • Anyone with an allergic reaction to insect stings is advised not to approach a swarm, either on the move or if found clustered in a tree or hedge.
  • If found and reported in good time, honey bees can often be successfully captured and re-homed into more appropriate accommodation.


If you have found a swarm of honey bees and are looking for a beekeeper within the South Bucks area to attend and retrieve these bees, please use the map below to locate your nearest volunteer swarm collector. 

A quick note about “What Three Words“…

If and where possible, the use of the application “What Three Words” will provide a very accurate location of the swarm’s location and ensure the volunteer collector can quickly locate the swarm that has been reported. This can be vital to ensure no time is lost reducing the chance that the swarm might abscond.

Approximate area of coverage for honey bee swarm collection in South Bucks.

Please note that whilst the map centres on Aylesbury, the area of coverage extends from Tingewick to the north, Marlow to the south, Long Crendon to the west and Berkhamsted to the east.

Important: Please remember…

Our members are volunteers, so please understand that there will be situations where our members may not be able to retrieve a swarm, for instance if the swarm is established within the fabric of a building or high up in trees, and a professional pest controller may still be required. More information on what the BBKA recommend should you find honey bees within the fabric of a building can be found here – Bees in Buildings 2021 – v 14-4-2021

Our volunteers CANNOT help with bumble bees, wasps or any other insect or pest infestation. This service is ONLY for reporting honey bee swarms.

To locate a volunteer honey bee swarm collector in South Bucks…

On the map below…
  • In the box Enter a location please enter the location where you have found a swarm of honey bees. This can be the town/village name, area or postcode…
  • …and press the Find Magnifying Glass icon.
  • The name and telephone number of the nearest beekeeper(s) who are part of our volunteer collection service, will be shown together with…
    • any details about when they might be available to collect swarms
    • how far they might be able to travel
  • Use the + and  buttons to zoom in/out
  • Press X in the Search bar to reset the map to start again.

The MBBKA is pleased to be associated with the WP Go MapsNot For Profit‘ program.

If you have NOT found a volunteer collector via this resource…

If you live outside the area covered by the South Bucks, on the county boundary or in the north of the county, your area may not be covered by this service. If this is the case and you believe you have a swarm of honey bees, please click HERE and follow the steps on the British Beekeepers Association swarm page. The swarm map on the BBKA site will enable you to find the contact details of local beekeepers who, where possible, are able to collect and re-home honey bee swarms.

To locate a volunteer collector via the National BBKA Swarm Reporting service…