Category: swarms

how many queens in a hive?

Last summer I found myself on the way to a house at Moss of Barmuckity where I was reliably informed there was an abandoned hive in the garden, still occupied by bees. Upon arrival I spoke to the owner, Jimmy, who told me his father had been an avid beekeeper but had now moved into …

Continue reading

A topped up swarm

So we got a message at the weekend that a swarm had arrived and taken up residence in someone’s loft near Elgin.  Bees had been there before and this swarm had discovered the old combs left behind by the previous owners.  All perfectly accessible we were assured.  I should have known at that point that …

Continue reading