Need someone to collect a swarm of bees?
Swarm collection services in the Cork Area.
The green pins on the map have names and phone numbers of members of CCBKA willing to collect Swarms. Click on green pin for details:
(if you do see a swarm settle somehwhere you need to phone someone listed on our map below asap as they could take off again at anytime)
View County Cork Beekeepers Association in a larger map
Honeybees swarm typically from May to July in Ireland, but as beekeepers will tell you there’s nothing typical with Bees so you may see them at other times.
Is it a swarm of Honey bees? or just a nest of wasps or bumble bees.
When honey bees swarm they first leave the colony in what looks like an uncontrolled mass of flying bees
From there they can settle initially in a cluster on trees, roof hangings,
or the oddest of places.
They can stay here for a short time or even overnight until their scouts have found their new home which is likely to be enclosed. Again they can move en masse to this new location.
If they are bumblebees leave them alone if possible. Bumblebees are an important pollinator and rarely sting. Bumblebees are under threat of extinction. Numbers will be low (compared to honey bees) and they will die off during the autumn when only the queen will hibernate for the following winter.
Ireland has over 101 native bees species. For information and images etc a great site is the National Biodiversity Datacentre. Theres even an App for identification.
If they are wasps you could call pest control (beekeepers are not interested in these, actually some beekeepers hate these, selfishly, as they can rob honey). They also die off after autumn. Wasp colonies can nest in holes in the ground or create distinctive ball type structures (pulped wood)