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Despite Covid lockdown, local beekeepers will still collect honeybee swarms

The Mid Bucks Beekeepers' Association is pleased to confirm they will still be collecting swarms this year.

Following advice from The National Bee unit and DEFRA, confirming that Beekeeping activities can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association will continue with their free swarm collection service in the Mid Bucks Region.

Members of the public are urged to contact the Association by using the dedicated swarm hotline 07770 370132

If they are outside the Mid Bucks area they should find the nearest collector using the BBKA website and interactive map here: www.bbka.org.uk/swarm

The survival rate of a swarm of bees is greatly increased if they are collected and placed in a hive by a beekeeper.

The Mid Bucks Beekeepers cover a large area from Buckingham in the North to Missenden in the South and Tring in the East to the outskirts of Bicester in the West.

Members of the public who report swarms will be expected to observe COVID-19 restrictions and Swarm Collectors responding to swarm callouts will ensure that they follow all relevant guidelines on social distancing and if this is not possible the swarm will not be collected. Beekeepers will not enter a dwelling to collect swarms.

Further information is available from Brian Bush, (MBBKA Swarm Officer), 07767 304067

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