As busy as bees

From our roving reporter: seen here are two swarms of bees found on campus recently.

Bee swarms on campus

Bee swarms on campus

We are lucky enough to have a large colony in one veteran oak on campus but there are also other colonies around.  Swarms form when queen bees are looking for new nesting sites.  The British Beekeeper Association has some useful information on what to do if you find a swarm of bees where you do not want it but also the advice that its best to leave swarms alone if you can.  Locally we have the Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group which has web pages covering many aspects of honeybee care.  Nationally The Bumblebee Conservation Trust web site is well worth a look.

Our campus with its great range of wildflowers for pollen and nectar and many old trees with hollow spaces provides an excellent place for bees to live and for us to observe them.

About Alastair Culham

A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.
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