The BeeHolder, Spring 2012

Most of us would like to get our hands on some freebies (or in this case, free bees). However we need to have a system in place if we are going to successfully collect swarms when told about them by the general public. Roy Mander, our swarm co-ordinator, has prepared the following.


As Swarm Control Manager, I shall be collecting names of members willing to collect swarms for the 2012 season.

I shall be requiring names and location, do not require addresses just the town or village name, main and mobile telephone numbers, and how far you are willing to travel to collect a swarm.

If you are a new beekeeper without experience of swarm collecting, do you require assistance of a mentor? (how I hate that word)

It will be expected that you will have a hive ready to install the bees and have the equipment and facility to collect the swarm, more or less at a moments notice.

If you have had the opportunity to collect a swarm or swarms outside the scheme and no longer want to remain on the list please let me know.

Swarms will be allocated fairly and according to location of the swarm and the location of the members, and the distance willing to travel.

I shall not leave messages on answer phone, I require a firm acceptance in order that the informant can be kept in the picture. You will be provided with the informant’s telephone number in order that you can liaise with them directly.

It is essential to keep the informants informed of what is happening.

If you are not at the next meeting you can contact me on e-mail or by phone (see contacts page), you can leave the details required on the answer phone if I am not available.

Roy Mander
Swarm Co-ordinator