Got another call from a kind member of the public “Terry” yesterday morning while we were getting reading to tackle the Hawthorn Swarm again. A swarm had arrived yesterday and was in a tree. It turned out that Terry knows Tom Dixon from the Bee Club, so small world indeed.
Luckily for us the swarm was only 1 metre about the ground, so was an easier one to rescue that the Hedge one see other posts this weekend..
We placed a full sized hive below it and shock the bees into it. Once we closed up the hive, a few bees returned to the original spot we also shook these into a box and placed them on a sheet in front of the hive. We have heard that an aerosol air freshener can be used to mask the Queens scent on the old location of the swarm. But we didn’t have any with us? I wonder if Lemon Juice and Water would work just as well? What do you use?
The birth of “Swanson 1”
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