Ireland has 98 species of bees, one of which is our Native Irish Honey Bee, known as Apis Mellifera Mellifera, (AMM).
Honeybees swarm typically from May to July in Ireland, but as beekeepers will tell you there’s nothing typical with bees! So, you may see them at other times. You may also wonder is it a swarm of Honey bees? Or just a nest of wasps or bumble bees?
To learn more about all the species of pollinators in Ireland and where you can send any sightings of unusual insects or creatures, check out Biodiversity Ireland's terrific website.
If you see a swarm in a cluster, hanging from a tree, bush, fence (such as in the photograph) it is most likely a honey bee swarm. The bees have gorged on honey and left the hive with their queen, so they are not interested in you at this time! Immediately contact one of our local beekeepers in your area, on the list below and they will come and remove the swarm for you.
For swarms who have already made their home in part of a building, particularly a roof, please contact Tony Lyons in the first instance 086 8515964
Below is a list of members who will assist with collecting swarms.
Please contact your nearest beekeeper first. If a beekeeper is not available close to you don't worry, try the next nearest beekeeper on the list.
Phone: 086 6695450
Bray and surrounds
Phone: 086 8515964
Phone: 086 6837169
Phone : 087 133 6956 or 01 2861717
Kilcoole, Newcastle, Newtown
Tinahely + 20km radius
Tel: 086 3892041