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Category: Barn Conversion Journal May 28th, 2008 by mbc

Last year I noticed that there was a colony of bees living in the base of a red wood tree near my garden gate. As wasn’t too bothered about them at the time as the place was more or less a building site.

a bee
One of the bees

Then, a couple of weeks ago my father was stung by one of them as he passed and yesterday as I was pottering around, there was a great hum and swarming of the bees that started around 2:45pm and lasted for 20 minutes or so after which they seemed to have spread-out and became very active around the locality of the hive. I’d guess it was a fair size colony as they made an impressive noise.

the tree in which the bees live
Home, sweet (bee) home!

I haven’t got a problem with them (my father can take a sting or two!) but there are now a number of small children living in the area that could stumble across the hive and who knows what could happen.

So I’d like to ask if anyone knows what should I do to remove any risk? I could fence around the tree which will stop anyone getting at the hive itself, but then there’s still this afternoon swarming to contend with and a fence is not really going to protect anyone from a determined set of bees.

bees swarming
The bees (those small dots) ‘swarming’

I don’t really want to kill them off, but are there any other options….?

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  1. mbc Says:

    I’ve posted the question of what to do with my bees at a couple of favourite sites … rivercottage.net & selfsufficientish.com and got some great responses. My next course of action will be to contact my local bee-keepers association and see if anyone there wants the bees.

  2. wanda Says:

    I too have bees, as you say, very noisy, in France – did you have any joy with the bee keeper’s association? what was your next course of action?

  3. mbc Says:

    Wanda, didn’t get very far as there is no local bees keepers association for my area. Winter came along and they became dormant so I kind of forgot about them…

    I’ve started toying with the idea of getting a hive and transferring them to it … we’ll see if and when they come back this year…

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