Honey Bee Swarm Collection
Between April and September a colony of honey bees may swarm. If the honey bees are clustered such as illustrated, and in an easily accessible location within Leeds and the surrounding areas of West Yorkshire, then we can arrange for a beekeeper to collect the swarm. Our association has a a number of experienced beekeepers across the Leeds area that will collect and rehome swarms of honey bees. Every swarm is different, some may be removed quite quickly, some may take several hours and some may also require a return visit late in the evening to ensure all bees are collected.
Donations are requested to assist in the funding of this important service, so we ask that you make a minimum donation of £30 to cover the attending beekeeper's expenses and ever increasing fuel costs. But before calling us, please take a few minutes to ensure a positive identification of a honey bee swarm using this identification chart Please note, Leeds Beekeepers Association does not rehome bumblebees as this is rarely successful, nor do we deal with wasps or hornets.
If the honey bees are located within the structure of a building, and they are causing a problem, then it may be necessary for you to to employ the services of a reputable pest controller to kill the bees, remove the nest, and seal all entrances to the cavity.
If you have made a positive identification that it is a honey bee swarm you have observed then please call us on 07855 308143.
Beekeeping Taster Sessions
For those that wish to see honey bees at close quarters but are not sure if beekeeping is for them we offer a short Taster Session. We will be running a Taster Session on the morning of Saturday the 3rd of August at our apiary at Home Farm, Temple Newsam. You can book and securely pay online for your taster session via our website.
For further details of the training and ongoing support we offer beekeepers in Leeds and the surrounding areas then please look at our courses page