SwarmIt is thought that honeybees have been on Earth for around 26 million years but sadly since the invasion of a parasite called Varroa jacobsoni British and European races of bees are now under threat of extinction. Wild colonies, which cannot be treated, are dying out and the number of swarms should decrease. It is estimated that approximately 30% of our food crops rely on pollination and as honeybees are usually the most important pollinators it is easy to imagine what devastating consequences their absence may mean. Every single bee is therefore very precious and all swarms need to be caught and cared for by beekeepers.

If you should happen to come across a swarm they are usually quite docile. To be on the safe side keep children and pets well away so the bees are not disturbed and immediately telephone a beekeeper. Listed below are members of the Surrey Beekeepers Association Guildford Division who are happy to collect swarms. If you have difficulty in finding a local beekeeper your library, the police, or the Environmental Health Department may have a more comprehensive list. Beekeepers may ask for a small fee to cover the costs involved.

GBKA Swarm Collectors

Guildford GU2 Mr. Richard Whitehead 07905 128295
Godalming GU8 Martin Gardiner 01483 200264
St Johns GU21 Mr. Seamus Anderson 07841 672638
Woking GU22 Mrs. Shirley Turner 01483 821184 / 07751 467115
Mytchett GU16 Mr. Vernon Fallows 07771 733129
Mytchett GU16 Mr. Richard Ward 07886 356711
Guildford GU2 Mr. Steve Cotney 01483 841072 / 07519 363237
Guildford GU3 Mr. Hugh Coakley 01483 824700 / 07900 678330
Witley GU8 Mr. Ian Beaumont
01428 289104
Ash Green GU12 Ms Astrid Bowers-Veenman 01252 330229
Hascombe GU8 Mr Roy Kelsey 01483 208557
Knaphill GU21 Mr. A. Gibb 01483 475072
Shere GU5 Mr Malcolm Clarke 01483 202294
W Horsley KT24 Dr Peter Dawson
01483 282765
Wisley GU23 Mr. Bernard Boardman
01932 353268
Camberley GU15 Mr. Mark Scott 07702 500972 / 01276 501212

Woking/Horsell GU21
David Parker 01483 854611 / 07712 079307
Little Bookham KT23 Mark Sutherland
01372 451015 / 07977 571388
Martin Dunham 01483 475341
GU1 Barrie Lloyd 01483 538090
GU3 Marcus Bateman 01483 812057 / 07788 264224
KT24 Dave Bennett 01483 285838 / 07818 026044
KT24 Jane Hall 01483 282958 / 07739 321581
GU23 Peter Shoesmith 07831 386561

Beekeepers do NOT deal with wasp nests, which is a specialised activity. In the Guildford area we suggest www.waspnestssurrey.co.uk or tel. 0845 269 9277, or 07773 499 244. Please be aware that there will be a call out charge if a beekeeper comes out and finds what turns out to be a wasps nest.

We depend on your support to help us care for our precious honeybees. Please remember that any assistance given by a beekeeper is provided on the basis that neither the Association nor its member can be held responsible for any inadvertant misadventure during the process of collecting swarms. Beekeepers are not experts in pest control, tree surgery or steeplejacks!! Swarms are collected subject to their accessibility

Guildford Borough Environmental Health 01483 444371

Waverley Borough Env. Health 01483 869424

Woking Borough Council Env. Health 01483 755855

Further swarm collectors may be found nearer to you using the British Beekeepers Association find a swarm collector.