Thursday, 31 May 2012

We have Bees!

Here at Norwich Community Bees, we'd been on high alert for a couple of weeks as we were waiting and hoping that we might get a swarm. After a few false starts (warm morning followed by wind and cloud in the afternoon) I finally got the call on Friday afternoon! Beekeeper-extraordinaire Colin had found a swarm for us!

One rapid round of mails, calls and texts later, and Tom stepped forward to meet Colin at Norwich Farmshare to install the bees in the hive.

Despite a slight technical hitch that meant there was only one suit available, Tom got some great shots of the bees heading into their new home!

The next afternoon, Dan, Bee, Suzanne and I headed over to the site to see how they were settling in and add some additional frames. It was the first time I'd suited up and got up close and personal with a hive, and I was quite nervous, but as soon as we opened the hive, you could just hear that the bees were getting on fine, and they were really calm while we checked them out and added the frames.

It was a fantastic experience, and I can't wait to go back and see how they're getting on. As Dan said, watching them flying in and out of the hive and listening to the buzzing is so peaceful, you could quite imagine bringing a deckchair and a nice bottle of wine and making an afternoon of it!

If you're interested in knowing more about Norwich Community Bees, visit our website or drop us a line at We'd love to hear from you!

Pics: Colin transferring the bees from skep to hive. Watching the bees marching into their new home. Jon (l) and Dan (r) adding frames to the hive.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's fantastic Jon! Tom Harper mentioned to me yesterday that there are some bees lodging in his roof. Probably doesn't want them to be there permanently, so if you want to rehome them, I'm sure he'd be grateful! If you need more bees that is!

    We have bees in the roof of my parents' house. They swarm occasionally and we get the local beekeeper out to take them away, if they swarm to a nearby bush. I do love bees.