One of the main benefits of bees, alongside their status as pollinators, is that they produce honey. Many of our members sell their honey – it’s worth looking in farm shops and in the Indoor Market in Durham, as well as at the country fairs.
However, some people are nervous of bees, especially if they swarm. Usually, bees that have swarmed are very calm as they are full of honey that they gorge on just before they leave their hive – so as long as you leave them alone they won’t bother you. If you think you have a swarm then you can contact the council who should be able to refer you to a beekeeper. However, please check first that they are honey bees – beekeepers can’t help with wasps, bumblebees or any other type of insect other than honey bees. A honeybee swarm will usually be fairly large (bigger than a football) and honey bees are small and short bodied compared to wasps, but slimmer than bumblebees. See image below for honey bees:
See image below for a wasp:
See images below for bumblebees: