The Swarm List is exactly that, a register of HWBKA Members interested in having / collecting a swarm in their area by being added to the list "HWBKA Swarm List" on "WhatsApp".
It is maintained by our
Swarm List Coordinators for the High Weald Beekeepers' area:
Peter Halford : 07729 234089
Peter Coxon : 01825 732146 / 07738 538274
Please note that this service is only available to fully paid-up members of the HWBKA.
How it will work -
The swarm list will be reviewed during the season.
When a swarm has been reported by a member of the public to one of the Swarm List Coordinators, they will send a WhatsApp message to the group.
If you receive the message and you want the swarm, you must contact the Swarm List Coordinator directly (you will not be able to contact them via the group). The coordinator will usually deal with responses on a first come / first served basis, but with priority being given to members who have not already collected a swarm this year.
Speed is of the essence! as swarms can decamp at any moment...... many beekeepers have missed swarms by minutes!
The Swarm List Coordinator will liaise with the person who has reported the swarm and inform them that they will be contacted a.s.a.p. by a local beekeeper to assess the situation.
If you are that local Beekeeper and after having spoken with the person reporting the swarm agree to collect it, you will obviously need to go armed and have something to collect the swarm in, such as a skep or even a cardboard box, and also have a spare hive or nucleus box ready to house the new colony when you get them 'home'. Be aware of the dangers of swarms overheating or even suffocating during transportation.
It is most important to let the Swarm List Coordinator know the outcome - if you managed to collect the swarm or not - so they can update the Swarm List - Please don't forget!
So, if you want to be on the Swarm List, please complete the form below and hit SUBMIT.