Bee swarm 7 trees creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/harlequeen/2540868339/
Bee swarm on house soffit creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/mimungr/524178958/
Bee swarm around tree branch creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/journeyguy/477655860/
bee swarm on one way sign creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/sillydog/22930834/sizes/l/
bee swarm on several branches creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/journeyguy/477656428/
What does a Bee Swarm look like?
Honey Bee swarms are one of the wonders of the natural world, part of the reproductive cycle of the honey bee colony and an important part of putting food on our tables. To find out more see here.

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So if you have a bee swarm what should you do?
Contact a bee swarm collector, see here for contact numbers. Some local collectors will collect your honey bee swarm free of charge and do so to help maintain the sadly depleted stocks of feral honey bees.

If you live in Gravesham or it's surrounding area*
(*Gravesend, Cobham, Higham, Luddesdown, Meopham, Shorne, Vigo, Culverstone Green, Northfleet, Chalk, Gadshill, Meopham Green, Sole Street, Thong, New Barn, Longfield, New Ash Green, Hartley, Dartford, Wrotham, North Kent, Istead Rise, Southfleet, Betsham, Hodsoll Street, Harvel)

Bees swarm in a tree
Note how passive the bees are despite the close proximity of the video camera.

If you have a bee swarm in your garden you'll find out everything you need to know at 'what do I do if a honey bee swarm is in my garden?'.

Honey bees across the world are in decline so wherever the bee swarm is, it's important that it's carefully removed and re-housed to allow it to build itself back up to full strength and continue its vital role of helping to feed us.
How can you be sure they're honey bees?
If it's a swarm then you've got honey bees . . .
wasp on branch - creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachel_s/2403375865/sizes/o/
Wasp
honey bee in flight - creative commons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ficknoster/1915829041/sizes/o/
Honey Bee
bumble bee on flower - creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/marilynjane/976578549/sizes/m/
Bumble Bee
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If you live outside the Gravesham area :
Use Your Postcode To Find A Swarm Collector:
This online map based facility allows you to enter your postcode and then shows which swarm collectors are close to you along with their contact details.
http://www.bees.co.uk/swarmmap

Kent Bee Keepers Association (KBKA): Web: http://www.kentbee.com/kbka/info/swarms/
The KBKA maintains a list of swarm collectors throughout Kent. Collectors may require refunding of their travel costs or a contribution to association funds.


British Bee Keepers Association UK National Swarm Coordinators List. This list provides contacts throughout the country. Collectors may require refunding of their travel costs or a contribution to association funds.

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