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


Please note that although swarm collection may still be carried out during the Covid-19 outbreak, extra precautions must be taken, such as social distancing. Please refer to the National Bee Unit's advice here: COVID-19 and Beekeeping Update

FOUND A HONEY BEE SWARM IN OR AROUND READING? Reading and District Beekeepers Association can respond. Please use this contact form or use the contact phone numbers below.

A Honey Bee Swarm is quite distinct (as seen in photo below). It is often found hanging from a branch, in a hedge, on a wall, etc. You may also come across bees after they have set up home, in places such as a cavity, compost heap, roof space etc.

Regrettably - we cannot remove bees from chimneys, cavity walls etc as we are not steeplejacks or builders. Lastly, if they are very high in trees we will not risk our members climbing to retrieve them.

Bumble bees, solitary bees, wasps and hornets will not swarm. To help you identify which you think you may have, take a look at the photos below. If you still think they are honey bees, please contact any of the people in the list below to arrange collection.

(Please note: bumble bees will not be collected/removed by beekeepers. Further information on bumble bees can be found on )

This is a Honey Bee

This is a Honey Bee Swarm

This is a Bumble Bee

This is a Wasp

A collector may not always be available, so whilst the geographic locations are helpful, please feel free to ring any, or all of the numbers.

 Name  Area  Phone number(s)
  Linda Rogerson
RBKA Swarm Co-ordinator
Local to: RG4/RG8/RG7
 07796 878634
 Steve Cook RG5  0118 9698582
 James Barr RG6, RG9  07958 426638
 Annette & Martin Juckes RG1, RG2  0118 9313444
Andy Craig  RG7, RG30, RG31   07986 733638
(Weekdays only)