Of course I used the wrong title in Pest Controller – bees are not pests. I love bees- our garden is very bee friendly and I’m used to them buzzing round me as I garden –indeed we often share the sane plant - but swarms are something else.
Yesterday we were visited by Julian Willford an apiarist. The bees were still around but not swarming. Just before he arrived they swarmed again, then the sun came out and they buzzed off. We were all disappointed that he hadn’t seen them but he reckons they will be back. Unfortunately the bush they love is near the house and by the entrance.
Incidentally Julian has been playing host to a Ugandan beekeeper Dan Ngirabakunzi who is spending two months in the UK learning new ideas and techniques for the benefit of the beekeepers in Uganda to help them make a living by producing honey. Dan has helped Julian introduce queen bees imported from Hawaii in readiness for the forthcoming season. Julian has completed a course organised by the charity Bees Abroad and will visit Dan in February next year.