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City Bees & Beekeeping

Please note we are not able to collect bumble bees. masonry or mining bees, only honey bee swarms.

Bumblebees are larger than honey bees, often hairy and a social insect with a lazy buzz and bumbling flight. Black and yellow or black with a red tail. Each colony has a queen and a few dozen worker bees, all can sting but are reluctant to use them as they are not normally agressive.

Living in nest underground or in leaf litter , hollow logs, under a garden shed or in a hole in an old stone wall, they will excavate soil to make a nest.

In the spring a large queen bee will emerge from her winter den and look for a suitable hole to make her nest, she will then lay a few dozen eggs which will become her workers. They will forage flowers for pollen and nectar to feed the next batch of eggs.

As mentioned above, bumblebees are not aggressive, seldom sting, and are very easy to live with.

However if you find it impossible to live with your bees it may be possible to move the nest, if in an old bird box or if it can be collected and put in a suitable container.

Underground nests will be more difficult to move, as you will cause disruption as you dig out the nest. often destroying it in the process and if it is outside and underground then there should be no reason to move it.

It is best to try and move a nest in the late evening as ity is going dark when the bees will not flying. They will probably buzz a bit, but they dont normally fly in the dark.

However best to take precautions if it is in a bird box cover the nest hole with a piece of card and gaffer tape. Use a torch with a piece of red transparen plastic over the front so you can see but as bees don't see red light well.

The ideal for the bees would be to find a shoe box or a wodden box, or something similar - perhaps larger for a particularly big nest.

To stop the nest rolling around place some dry grass or moss in the bottom of the box, put an inch hole in the side of the box and block it with a tissue.
Pick up the nest, wear a long-sleeved shirt and gardening gloves, place it gently in the box keeping it upright so as not to spill their honey put the lid on the box

You will need to move the box over 2 miles away to prevent bees from returning to the origonal site.
It should be a sheltered location ie woodland out of direct sunlight and the box needs a weatherproof lid or covering putting over it, an old slate is ideal.

Give the bess a little while to settle down and then remove the bung

The bees might take a little while to adjust, but they should take to their new home pretty well.

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