Help and advice with swarms

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Honey bee swarm (Photo: Ian Mackley)

Honey bees usually swarm during the months of May, June and July.  If you discover a swarm and need help and advice, Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association may be able to assist.  (For more photos of swarms, please see our Gallery page.)

Below is a list of names and contact numbers of beekeepers, along with an indication of the area in which they are based.  You may wish to call someone local to you to see if they can help.  (Providing a postcode for the location of the swarm would be very useful.)

Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of bumble bees or wasps.  If they are a nuisance, please contact a pest controller.

Honey bees
honeybee
Honey bee

If you suspect honey bees have made a new home for themselves in a building or a tree, please contact the Association – but in identifying a honey-bee nest, it might help to be aware that they build combs downward, and therefore often need a larger space than wasps and bumble bees, who may be satisfied with a shallow roof space.

Bumble bees
Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, isolated on white
Buff-tailed bumble bee, Bombus terrestris

Bumble bees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible.  Bumble bees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed.

The bees, apart from the queen (who will find a new nest site), will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems.

There are 24 different types of native bumble bee, all of which vary in size and colour.  For more information about bumble bees go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Website.

Wasps
Common wasp, Vespa vulgaris isolated on white background
Wasp

Like bumble bees, wasps rarely re-use the same nest and will disappear in the autumn.  Only the queen overwinters, and usually finds a new home for herself.

This service is offered to the community on a voluntary, goodwill basis.  Although our members will endeavour to help if they can, we cannot guarantee that a beekeeper will be available when you require one.  Also, you should note that neither Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association nor the individual beekeeper accepts liability for any problems that may arise.

Aberdeen

  • John Steele, T: 01224 694 088, Aberdeen city and immediate area;
  • Kirsty Sutherland, T: 07767 000019, Aberdeen

North

  • Garry Forbes, 07730 816848, garry.forbes@sita.co.uk, North of Bridge of Don area;
  • David Morland, 07768 244420,Bridge of Don, Balmedie, Newburgh, Newmachar, Pitmedden;
  • Jamie Evans, 07920 098395, Newmachar, Dyce and surrounding areas;
  • Witek Mojsiewicz, 01224 722302 or 07914 355809 witekmoj@btinternet.com, Bucksburn, Dyce, Newmachar and Hatton of Fintray area;
  • Innes & Sarah Simpson, 07970 622526 innes_simpson@yahoo.com, Inverurie;
  • David Lunney, 01467 643593, 10 mile radius of Inverurie;
  • Ewan Campbell, 07516 224877, e.m.campbell@abdn.ac.uk, Pitmedden, Tarves, Oldmeldrum, Methlick, Fyvie, Udny and surrounding areas.
  • Pete & Jo Smith, 01358 751708, jo.smith@abdn.ac.uk or pete.smith@abdn.ac.uk, Anywhere in (or close to) Ellon – Cruden Bay – Newburgh triangle;
  • Erling Watt, 7429454572, erling2012@gmail.com, 25 miles radius of Longside;
  • Kitta Potgieter, 01261 851037 or 07777 670509, kitta.potgieter@gmail.com, Fishrie, Turriff, Macduff, Banff, Cuminestown, New Byth, Gardenstown;
  • Richard Bagshaw, 07918 92 5811, patandrichi@btinternet.com, 20 mile radius of Portsoy;

West

  • Graham Torrie, 07594 063703, grahamtorrie@icloud.com, Torphins, Banchory area;
  • Joan Gilbert-Stevens, 019755 81369 or 07766 518866, 15 – 20 mile radius of Alford;
  • Simon Spoor, 07967 684 354, spiritofthemoment@gmail.com, 25 mile radius of Aboyne;
  • Willow Lohr, 07837 420494, willowlohr@btinternet.com, Ballater, Crathie, Braemar, Strathdon, Alford;

South

  • Rob Peaker, 01569 731197, robert.peaker@btinternet.com, Newtonhill, but as far south as Stonehaven, north to Cove and West to Netherley;
  • Neil Murray, 01569 731094, neilmurcliffview@hotmail.com, Newtonhill, but as far south as Stonehaven, north to Cove and West to Netherley;
  • Steven Sloan, 07568 116384, beeswarm@ssloan.co.uk, or apsteven@ssloan.co.uk, Stonehaven, and area south towards Inverbervie and Montrose.