Just wanted to share a story - after inspecting my hive it suddenly swarmed two days later and then after letting it settle I decided I would check on it when I had time the next weekend but before i could it swarmed again! The first swarm was very large and i found someone who collects swarms through Gumtree. They came and took the swarm and hopefully it is doing well. When it swarmed the second time it was half the size and I contacted the other person I had contacted the previous time but who didn’t respond before the other. He came and inspected where it was and given its location would be back the next day but late that morning it took off - the next day it came back and set itself up in a convenient low position in a rose bush. This beekeeper is so passionate - he took him time to try to get every bee into the box and op off the ground where they could be harmed.
He put me onto a show called Lawyers Guns and Honey in the series Rotten on Netflix - it should appear as a horror story. In America they are losing about 50% of colonies a year.
I was left feeling guilty that I only have one hive.
People like the second beekeeper and the rest of us who are in this for the good of bees and mankind need to realise how important what we do is. If bees disappear so do we.
Every bee is precious.
The second guy I sued has made contact with a number of pest control people to say that if they get a call for a swarm call him.
I would urge anyone who has the ability to help save the bees to do the same - this is not just a service to the bees but all mankind.
More power to people like Shayne who manages to this around his job and he travels all over Melbourne doing this.