Bees in a Tree

 

Three of our branch members, Dave, Pete and Chris are called out by a team of builders to remove a bee colony which has overwintered inside a recently felled tree.

As part of the building works, a tree surgeon had cut a tree down, only to be greeted by a colony of entrenched bees inside the trunk. This could be a wild colony, or the result of a swarm from a hive in a previous year. Either way, it needs to be moved!

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Beekeeping - Builder Style !
In their panic - the builders have tried to seal off the entrance to the colony with mud and twigs.
Unsurprisingly, this only serves to upset the bees more !
Bees visible at last !
Once the twigs and mud were removed, a glimpse of the resident bees was available. They are lining the trunk in the upper part of the exposed tree.
Securing the bees for transport
Chris sets to work properly sealing the bees into the trunk, temporarily, so the whole tree trunk can be moved to a more suitable site.
     
Securing the bees for transport
Chris uses foam to create an effective, but breathable seal in all the entrances/exits of the colony.
Ready to go !
Once the bees were contained properly in the tree trunk, the entire trunk was loaded onto the trailer (with some help from the builders' digger!), ready for transport to the branch out apiary for hiving.
 
     
Our "Bees in a Tree" have now been successfully "hived" at the branch apiary - have a look at the gallery in which we inspect this colony (among others) here.