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.

A honey bee A wasp

GBKA Swarm Collectors


Guildford GU1 & GU2 Steve Cotney 07788 144332
Bramley GU5 0** Steve Cotney 07788 144322
Guildford GU1 2**   Barrie Lloyd                    07771 877656
Guildford GU1 3** Chris Roberts 01483 572565
Guildford GU3 3** Hugh Coakley 01483 824700 / 07752 325557
Worplesdon GU3 3** Sergio Pignagnoli 07713 643261
Wanborough GU3 2** Marcus Bateman 07788 264224
Shalford GU4 8** Robert Piggott 01483 562289
Bramley GU5 0** Di & Greg Desson 07808 721991 / 01483 893097
Farley Green GU5 9** Malcolm Clarke 01483 202294
Cranleigh GU6 8** Jonathan Brookhouse 07768 376265
Hascombe GU8 4** Roy Kelsey 01483 208557
Chiddingfold GU8 4** Kenelm Murray 01428 684630 / 07969 500478
Witley/Brook GU8 5** Ian Beaumont 01428 289104
Godalming GU8 4** Martin Gardiner 01483 200828
Ash Green GU12 6** Astrid Bowers-Veenman 01252 330229
Camberley GU15 1** Mark Scott 07702 500972
West End GU21 2** Andrew Gibb 01483 475072 / 07876 503846 
St Johns GU21 8** Seamus Anderson 07841 672638
Horsell GU21 4** David Parker 07712 079307
Woking GU22 7** Shirley Turner 07751 467115 / 01483 821184
Ripley GU23 4** Peter Shoesmith 07831 386561
Wisley GU23 6** Bernard Boardman 07377 369171
Pirbright GU24 0** Mrs Lou Major 07811 177089
Effingham KT23 4** Mark Sutherland
07977 571388
West Horsley KT24 6** Dr Peter Dawson 07768 926515
East Horsley KT24 5** Dave Bennett 07818 026044
Effingham KT24 5** Tim Copp 07977 544992
East Horsley KT24 5** Jane Hall 07739 321581

Beekeepers do NOT deal with wasp nests, which is a specialised activity. In the Guildford area we suggest 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

If you are not within or very near any of the areas covered above, further swarm collectors may be found nearer to you using the British Beekeepers Association find a swarm collector.