Allandale Farm – Honey Bee Swarm Collection

Honey Bee Swarm Free Collection Service

Allandale Farm, Hall Lane, Brinsley, Notts, NG16 5BJ

Mobile: 07711 388 098

Jonathon@Allandalefarm.co.uk

I am writing to you today to remind you of our Free Honey Bee Swarm Removal Service for the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Areas.

Hopefully you will have received our first email last year introducing us and detailing the service we can provide.

Its not quite the swarming time of year, but its not far off so i thought i would take this opportunity to remind people about the service.

I am a BBKA & NBU registered Beekeeper (Apiarist) at Allandale Farm in Brinsley.

Last year we developed 2.5 acres of purpose planted Wild Flower Nectar Meadow to help support & sustain Honey bees, and all other pollinators, which makes a perfect site for keeping bees, and is excellent for swarms of bees which we have collected, or rescued as we often see it!

The service we offer is totally free of charge!, there is no cost to any council or authority or even home owner or business.

We are happy to travel to most areas of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire to remove a swarm of honey bees.

Ultimately we bring them back to the farm and get them settled into a nice new hive on the edge of our wildflower meadow where they can get on with their business of natural pollination of the local areas and basically have the chance to thrive without causing any bother to anyone, and without the threat of them being destroyed.

As I’m sure you are aware with all of the recent media attention, the demise of the Great British Honey Bee is one that will ultimately be very costly to everyone when pollination begins to suffer which is one reason for our free service.

Another point is the threat of diseases being imported with foreign bees that are purchased and imported from abroad, if we can, even on a small scale, save natural swarms of british bees and nurture them we may be able to reduce this risk too, further protecting our own honey bees.

Much as i could go into great depth about saving the Great British Honey Bee, i feel certain that you will be aware of their plight to some degree from media coverage over the last few years, but just want to reiterate the fact that you may be able in some way to help them by remembering and recommending our free service.

 

 

We are happy to collect from Residential and Business addresses as well as public places, and can usually respond very quickly indeed, depending on distance of course.

Unfortunately we only collect Honey Bees, we don’t offer any service for Wasps, Hornets, Bumble Bees, or any other type of Bee, JUST HONEY BEES.

Last year was our first year of offering the free collection service, and it became clear very quickly that the vast majority don’t know the difference between Bumble Bees, Solitary Bees, Masonry Bees, Honey Bees, Wasps & Hornets.

Im not going to try and write an identification guide on this email (if you would like a ‘quick guide’ to identifying the different bees please let me know) but the easy way to detect a swarm of honeys is shockingly easy.

A ‘Swarm’ of honey bees is a physical mass of bees clumped together. It occurs when the hive decided that around half of them will leave to find a new home with the existing queen, leaving the others and some baby queens behind to carry on.

In the first stages of a swarm the air can become black with a mass of flying bees, as if from nowhere. It may contain 20,000 bees!

Quite quickly they will choose an intermediate site, a place not too far from their original home.

Usually this will bee on the branch of a tree, or a fence, or the side of a house.

They will literally form a large clump of bees. They will stay there until the decision is made on the location of there new home. This will typically only be a few hours.

It is at this stage that we collect them, take them away and put them into a new hive purposely built and located for them, we even feed them in winter when necessary.

As i have said, we deal only with Honey Bees, but are happy to give advice to anyone who is unsure of which bees they have, and suggest other removal or control methods where necessary.

I hope that you will be able to circulate this email to the correct people or departments, and make my Phone Number available freely.

If you would like a copy of the quick to guide to bee identification or any other information please drop me an email back.

Kind Regards

Jonathon Atkin

Allandale Farm