Despite having kept bees for several years we have never had one of our colonies swarm (as far as we know)
And then yesterday we spotted this
Now a decent swarm would hang itself from a branch from where it could be tidily knocked into a box but this lot had decided to congregate on a stump.
Our two colonies still seemed busy
but this breakaway group were definitely plotting
We quickly improvised a hive and gave them a pathway to security
They made tentative advances
But by nightfall had retreated into a plotting huddle. They were still there this morning so we tried another tactic with a tempting box to adopt
Meanwhile we tried to sort out our miscellaneous hive collection
and managed to piece together a structure to erect over the swarm
as rain was on the way
They may or may not cooperate. Mr Buzz the Beekeeper is certainly puzzled
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What did I say recently? “Just another day at Gribin Isaf”!! My grandpa was a beekeeper and so I have fond memories – especially of the honey!