Many of you know that the Lensbury keeps honey bees who live in two hives on the roof of our Conference Centre. They are looked after by our beekeeper, Peter Taylor, who works on our Facilities team as a carpenter.
Pete has been in training for a year with his “bee mentor” and is a natural “bee whisperer”, so much so, that our Pest Control company now calls him out when they are asked to deal with a bee swarm. We have recently had two swarms here at the Lensbury and Pete has been on hand to deal with these visits by “foreign bees”. The two swarms have not been Lensbury bees but other honey bees living in the neighbourhood that have been “blown off course”. This usually happens during or after windy days. The Times newspaper and local news have been carrying a number of stories lately of increasing swarms in wider London, due to the increase in domestic beekeeping. We are lucky to have on staff someone who can deal with these swarms at very short notice. Pete collects the swarm, contains them in cardboard boxes and works with his bee mentor to “re-house” them with other local bee-keepers. Should you see a swarm, anywhere, just remain calm and stay away from the bees – waving them away can upset them.
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