My first swarm collection


Well, they are not actually my swarm and I cannot claim much credit for the collection part either.  Len and Keith deserve all the credit for that – Keith’s foresight and Len’s confidence and agility deserving most credit.  The family that spotted the swarm and called HWBKA swarm line would also be included – but I don’t want this to become a diva’s oscar speech.

Len tackling the swarm

Len tackling the swarm

I don’t recall ever being privileged enough to see a swarm – and I missed their arrival which must be a wonderful sight in itself – if a little daunting.  I’ve received a swarm in my apiary but was not involved in the act of their collection.

I’ve put some video on you tube – a collection of the video footage I took at the time supplemented with some still photos and ‘titles’ to explain.  You can see that here.

As the colony was intended for the Hughenden Buzz apiary project at Hughenden Manor, a more detailed account can be found here.

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About apiarylandlord

Definitely past it - whatever it was - I may have blinked and missed it. New to beekeeping and totally entranced by the experience. That is probably all you need to know until I work out how secure this blog is. Great fan of recycling - see ilovefreegle.org to find your local group. Save things from landfill. Pass on your surplus, locally, for free or ask for things you need in case you can have someone's cast off again for free.
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