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Andy Donnelly Head Beekeeper
Little about us
We are a small well established bee keeping company, and we have been selling our award winning honey for many years to the local community and via our Web site
Recently funding for supporting bee keepers, through inspectors has been severely cut, and our native bees have been threatened by various viruses, which has meant that many colonies have been completely wiped out.
Our aim is to protect and maintain the honey bee population from extinction, so therefore as bee keepers we have felt the need to develop as many ways to rescue and breed bees to improve their chances of survival.
Firstly we are on call usually within the day to rescue honey bees that have swarmed in the community, there is a charge of £45 which goes towards a hive and to treat for any diseases. It is against the law to kill a swarm of honey bees. The bees are placed in the safety of a hive and managed, so that they don't swarm again.
Secondly we are developing a breeding programme, Many bee keepers are unable to get the bees that they would like, to increase there apiary, by developing a breeding programme, we are able to supply queens to other bee keepers so that they can increase their stock.
A Swarm of honey Bees landed on a shrub
We are on call usually within the hour to rescue honey bees that have swarmed in the community, there is a charge of £45 which goes towards a hive to house them and to treat them against any diseases. It is against the law to kill a swarm of honey bees. The bees are placed in the safety of a hive and managed, so that they don't swarm again.
There is a small charge for removing Bumble Bees as above.
There is a small charge for destroying Wasps as above.
A swarm of honey bees is very capable of reducing the most fearless man to a quaking bowl of jelly with eyes exhibiting sheer terror.
Yet they are normally of no danger to man in this swarming state.
Watching honey bees pour forth from a bee hive by the thousands and then swirling in the air above like a tornado while sounding like a runaway express train is indeed one of natures most awesome scenes to witness. So, what is this swarming all about ? Are these thousands of bees preparing to attack one of us helpless humans at any minute ? Not at all. They are simply engaged in their own unique technique to propagate their species. All species of life has its own way to ensure that its kind continues to live.
We will be needing as much information as possible ie:what size is the Swarm.
Is it the size of a rugby ball, tennis ball or golf ball. The length of time the swarm has been there, to the best of your knowledge.
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