Swarms - know to contact

The beekeepers in the swarm list have indicated their willingness to collect swarms of honeybees. See below for contact details of each group’s swarm list co-ordinator. For information on West Cornwall swarm collectors please look at https://www.bbka.org.uk/help/do_you_have_a_swarm.php

The CBKA cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to persons or property resulting from the use of this list – anyone collecting a swarm does so as an individual.

If you have trouble with the swarm list, wish to ask further questions or require help in securing assistance to deal with a swarm, please contact one of the following, depending on where you live:

For the full list of those available to help you with your swarm


Bodmin Group
Denise James
01208 72943


Carrick Kerrier Group
Richard Buckland
01872 562710 / 07838 184192


Kit Hill Group
Dave Ledger
01579 350002


Launceston Group

Jim Walker,

tel. 01822 835931


Liskeard Group
Chris Boughton
01579 345268


Roseland Group
Jennie Leach
07800 800853


Wadebridge Group
Anthony Godden
07966 670529


West Cornwall Beekeepers Associtaion

Kate Bowyer

012209 216756 / 07597 975926

Know your Apidae from your Bombus

Before contacting any of the beekeepers on the list, please take a moment if possible to verify that what you have is actually a swarm of honeybees, rather than some other type of flying insect, as shown below:


When honeybees swarm, they will usually cluster around the queen in a bush or on a branch of a tree, although you could find them on a garden bench or inside a chimney. Any of the beekeepers on the swarm list will be very happy to collect such a swarm for you, dependent on the location of the swarm.


These wild bees, known and loved by most people, are gentle creatures that tend to build nests which only number in the low hundreds at most. If you happen to discover a nest of bumblebees, or solitary bees, in your garden, then consider yourself lucky! The best advice is to leave them alone – they are not seeking to sting you (some solitary bees don’t even have stingers) and most likely won’t be there for very long. However, if they simply must be moved, you may find there are a few beekeepers who would be able to help, rather than see the nest destroyed.


When people say they don’t like bees because they’ve been stung in the past, most often it turns out that what they actually dislike and have been stung by is a wasp. These are the pesky creatures who chase after you and try to ruin your picnic. Beekeepers generally dislike them for similar reasons, as they rob beehives of honey and can kill both bees and their larvae. Whilst no beekeeper will wish to collect a wasp nest, you may find a few who are willing to help dispose of one.



These are the real bullies of the bee-related world! Hornets are a potential menace for a bee colony, due to their size and aggressive nature – they can easily kill bees and decimate a colony. The threat of invasion to Britain by the Asian Hornet is very real, and something many beekeepers are concerned about. If you discover a hornet nest and think it may be Asian Hornets, then please notify CBKA, or another organisation such as BBKA or the Environment Agency, as soon as possible.