Swarm collection in East Dorset

We collect swarms for free around East Dorset. So if you live in any of the areas shown on this page then please contact us and one of our collectors will try to help..but first check if you have honey bees...

What do I do if a swarm of bees is in my garden? Don't panic!

Bees in a swarm are at their most docile and are highly unlikely to sting anyone.

A swarm is a natural process for bees to expand their numbers. They have laid a new Queen in their previous colony and the old Queen is accompanying her old bees to a new home. It's 'holiday-time' and prior to swarming the honey bees will have filled up on honey from their stores and are totally content, prepared for a longish wait.

Because the bees are so full of honey they will be relatively passive and less likely to sting. They will hang in a cluster, usually on a tree branch, whilst they send out scout bees to look for a new home.

However, the scout bees may decide that their perfect new home is your household cavity wall, chimney, rabbit hutch, gas meter box or somewhere where you really do not want them.

Honeybee, bumble or wasp
Comparison image of honeybee, bumblebee and wasp

If you are unsure whether you have a swarm of honey bees reference to the following page will help BBKA Help page

If you think you have honey bees then call one of our nearest collectors from the table below.

It would be helpful if you are ready with your address (including postcode), a contact phone number and as full a description as possible of the bees exact location (e.g. on the branch of a tree, on a roof, etc.) and any accessibility difficulties that might require a ladder or other equipment.

For help with anything other than Honey Bees we recommend Frank Hayes, South Coast Pest Control, who works in tandem with us, and is available on either 01202 604682 or 07525 337472  http://www.southcoastpestcontrol.co.uk/

Area Who Contact
First General Contact Jenny Wellman 01202 873292
WIMBORNE, WITCHAMPTON, GUSSAGE Andrew Barnet 01258 841433
WIMBORNE, WITCHAMPTON, STURMINSTER MARSHALL Michael Woodhouse 07712 894623
WIMBORNE Helen Edbrooke 07905 820687
POOLE, FERNDOWN, OAKDALE, BOURNEMOUTH Jim Gardner 07767 641701
UPTON, HAMWORTHY, POOLE Mark Garrett 07789 515400
POOLE, OAKDALE, CANFORD HEATH, BROADSTONE Rich Greening 07776 201478
BROADSTONE, OAKDALE, POOLE Paul Heawood 07739 151601
BROADSTONE, CORFE MULLEN, CREEKMORE Karen Cadman 07774 440938
BROADSTONE Terry Greene 07542 402578
PARKSTONE Terry Hill 01202 736156
NORTHBOURNE, ENSBURY PARK Clive Hutchings 01202 573973
NORTHBOURNE, PARLEY CROSS, FERNDOWN Chris Williams 07557 444353
BROADSTONE, OAKDALE, POOLE, WIMBORNE Ivor Kemp 079325 38491
WEST MOORS, VERWOOD Jenny Wellman 01202 873292
ASHLEY HEATH, RINGWOOD Ray Ings 07884 340678
LYTCHETT MATRAVERS, ORGANFORD, HOLTON HEATH Sandra Palmer Snellin 07771 908666
WORTH MATRAVERS, SWANAGE, PURBECK Patti Sandham 01929 439001
UPTON, POOLE, LYTCHETT MINSTER, WAREHAM, SWANAGE, BOVINGTON, BERE REGIS Mark White 07747 620920
SWANAGE Tony Higgins 07761 658124
WAREHAM Michael Horton 07742 630111
WAREHAM Martin Battersby 07884 296766

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