Yes, timber meets Honey. It all started some 18 months ago when one of our team told me that there was a Bee’s nest in the back of one of our sawdust stores. At that time they didn’t cause any problem, and no one wants to destry Honey Bees so we just forgot about them. About two weeks ago as the temperature was getting around the 14 degree mark (I am told by our local beekeepers that this is the optimum temperature to start Bee activity) the Bees started swarming, they had left the comfort of our shed and were on the outside of it.
Now Bees generally are not a nuisance, but in the work place they can be a problem. So I looked on the British Beekeepers Association website for the closest local beekeeper. My search led me to Tom Moore based in Petworth. Tom came out and he went through the process to capture the Bees intact. Tom arranged with a couple of his colleagues to come back out and try to capture the bees. It wasn’t going to be an easy job as they were inside the cladding.
Last Wednesday (9 May 2012) we noticed that the bees had left the building and were swarming on some crash barrier we have at the rear of our buildings. Contacting Tom immediately, he swung into action and with Gordon Allan successfully managed to capture the swarm.
BUT……. oh BUZZ IT, thats not the end! The Bees that we started with are still in the building. We think that the old Queen has left the nest and has taken some of the workers with her (that what we have captured) but the original group of Bees are still there and in process of creating a new queen. Tom’s advice is to now wait for 3 or 4 weeks to enable the new quenn to become established, so Tom will be making a second visit later in the month!!!
So, second time lucky. We are going to cut out some of the cladding to allow access to try to entice the Queen Bee into a portable Hive, then, fingers crossed our Beekeeping friends will have swarm number 2 into captivity and hopefully producing some good Sussex Honey.
Interestingly for all of the Beekeepers out there that might read this article, we are able to supply Cedar for your hives. Just give our sales team a call, we’re sure we can help you.