Help and advice with swarms

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Honey bee swarm (Photo: Ian Mackley)

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.

Honey bees
Honey bee

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
Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, isolated on white
Buff-tailed bumble bee, Bombus terrestris

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.

Common wasp, Vespa vulgaris isolated on white background

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.

Name Contact Number/Email Area
Lindsey & Olga Macaulay 01224 315 276 Aberdeen City
Willow Lohr or text 078 374 204 94 Ballater, Crathie, Braemar, Strathdon, Alford
David Morland 07768244420 Bridge of Don, Balmedie, Newburgh, Newmachar, Pitmedden
Ian Mackley 01224 748102
07795 801722
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 25 mile radius of Aboyne
Garry Forbes 07730816848 North of Bridge of Don area
David Lunney 01467 643593 10 mile radius of Inverurie
Rob Peaker
Neil Murray
Rob: 01569 731197
Neil: 01569 731094
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
Ewan Campbell 07516224877
Pitmedden, Tarves, Oldmeldrum, Methlick, Fyvie, Udny and surrounding areas.