Reading and District Beekeepers' Association
Providing support to beekeepers in and around Reading

 

 

 

Reading & District Beekeepers Association Swarm Statistics

& Swarm Gallery

 

 

In addition to collecting swarms of honey bees, RBKA runs a "bee advisory" service.  Both services are run on a voluntary basis, with the occasional donation being made by grateful members of the public.  

A wide and varied range of calls/emails are received from the public; the council; police etc.   These can relate to different types of bees (honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees) and later in the season, wasps & hornets.  

Where possible, callers are always encouraged to "live with" and enjoy bumble bees and solitary bees.  Their seasons are short and they play a significant role in the pollination of our food.

 

 

The tables below reflect the service provided by our dedicated teams of volunteer beekeepers over the years and the number of RBKA member beekeepers who have benefited from their hard work:

 

2021 Honey Bee Swarm Season Summary

 

Number of swarms collected 62 
Number of colonies created & donated
Number of swarms stayed/colonies survived 46 
Number of new beekeepers with their 1st colony of bees 5

 

 2020 Honey Bee Swarm Season Summary

 

Number of swarm call-outs 97
Number of swarms collected 82
Number of colonies created & donated 3
Number of swarms stayed/colonies survived 76
Number of new beekeepers with their 1st colony of bees 12

 

 2014 Honey Bee Swarm Season Summary

 

Number of swarms collected 79
Number of swarms stayed/colonies survived 60
Number of new beekeepers with their 1st colony of bees 13

 

 2013 Honey Bee Swarm Season Summary

 

(Retiring beekeeper, Peter Kimber, kindly donated 3 colonies for the benefit of new beekeepers)

Number of colonies created from Peter Kimber's 3 colonies 6
Number of swarms collected 20
Number of swarms stayed/colonies survived 24
Number of new beekeepers with their 1st colony of bees 11

 

 2012 Honey Bee Swarm Season Summary

 

Number of swarms collected 64
Number of swarms stayed in hive 55
Number of new beekeepers with their 1st colony of bees 14

 

 

 

 

GALLERY OF SWARM COLLECTING IMAGES

 

Some examples of where our swarm collectors have collected swarms, including the use of Mike Dabbs's "Swarm safe".  The "Swarm Safe" is bee friendly and indirectly uses suction from a gentle vacuum cleaner.  PLEASE NOTE - it is NOT safe or recommended to use any standard vacuum technology.

 

Below: Mike Dabbs and Linda Rogerson collecting "low hanging fruit" of bees in a tree

 

 

                                                

 

 

  Below left:  A swarm of bees congregating on a fence panel           Below right: Linda Rogerson with bees residing in a compost bin

                                                                             

 

 

Below:  Mike Dabbs in action retrieving a swarm using his "Swarm Safe"

(Photos kindly provided by Claire Crame)