Honey bees usually swarm during the months of May, June and July. If you discover a swarm and need help and advice, Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association may be able to assist. (For more photos of swarms, please see our Gallery page.)
Below is a list of names and contact numbers of beekeepers, along with an indication of the area in which they are based. You may wish to call someone local to you to see if they can help. (Providing a postcode for the location of the swarm would be very useful.)
Beekeepers are unable to assist in the removal of bumble bees or wasps. If they are a nuisance, please contact a pest controller.
If you suspect honey bees have made a new home for themselves in a building or a tree, please contact the Association – but in identifying a honey-bee nest, it might help to be aware that they build combs downward, and therefore often need a larger space than wasps and bumble bees, who may be satisfied with a shallow roof space.
Bumble bees are important pollinators. Leave the nests alone if possible. Bumble bees rarely sting or attack people or animals and should therefore not be disturbed.
The bees, apart from the queen (who will find a new nest site), will die out at the end of summer and will cause no further problems.
There are 24 different types of native bumble bee, all of which vary in size and colour. For more information about bumble bees go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Website.
Like bumble bees, wasps rarely re-use the same nest and will disappear in the autumn. Only the queen overwinters, and usually finds a new home for herself.
This service is offered to the community on a voluntary, goodwill basis. Although our members will endeavour to help if they can, we cannot guarantee that a beekeeper will be available when you require one. Also, you should note that neither Aberdeen and District Beekeepers’ Association nor the individual beekeeper accepts liability for any problems that may arise.
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|Lindsey & Olga Macaulay||01224 315 276||Aberdeen City|
|David Morland||07768244420||Bridge of Don, Balmedie, Newburgh, Newmachar, Pitmedden|
|Ian Mackley||01224 748102
|Westhill, Kingswells, Elrick, Dunecht, Echt|
|Innes & Sarah Simpson||07970 622526||Inverurie|
|Graham Torrie||07594 063703||Torphins, Banchory area|
|Jenny Lewis||07772186654||Torphins, Banchory area|
|Dave & Megan Nance||01651 863264 / 07808829921||Newmachar|
|Simon Spoor||07967 684 354 email@example.com||25 mile radius of Aboyne|
|Garry Forbes||07730816848||North of Bridge of Don area|
|David Lunney||01467 643593||10 mile radius of Inverurie|
|Rob: 01569 731197 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil: 01569 731094 email@example.com
|Newtonhill, but as far south as Stonehaven, north to Cove and West to Netherley|
|Steven Sloan||07568 116384
|Stonehaven, and area south towards Inverbervie and Montrose|
|Pete & Jo Smith||01358 751708
|Anywhere in (or close to) Ellon -Cruden Bay – Newburgh triangle|
|Ian Murray||019755 62131 / 07971 648783||5 mile radius from Keig|
|Erling Watt||07429454572||25 miles radius of Longside|
|John Steele||01224 694088||Aberdeen city and immediate area|
|Kitta Potgieter||01261 851 037 / 07777670509||Fishrie, Turriff, Macduff, Banff, Cuminestown, New Byth, Gardenstown|
|Neil Mathieson||07714 208040||20 mile radius from Banff|
|Richard Bagshaw||0791 892 5811||20 mile radius of Portsoy|
|Witek Mojsiewicz||01224 722302 / 07914355809||Bucksburn, Dyce, Newmachar and Hatton of Fintray area|
|Joan Gilbert-Stevens||019755 81369 / 07766 518866||15 – 20 mile radius of Alford|
|Pitmedden, Tarves, Oldmeldrum, Methlick, Fyvie, Udny and surrounding areas.|