Heathrow UK – June 6th, 2016

Today has seen two swarms airside at Heathrow, the first at terminal 4 and later in the day terminal 3, here is the main part of the collection speeded up.


With the first of the day tucked up safely in a collection box, it was on to the second swarm

The second swarm at terminal 3 absconded as beekeeper Tom entered the site.
Perhaps they were cleared for take-off by air traffic control?

With a take-off or landing every 45 seconds, it seems that the honeybee swarms at Heathrow are on the clock.
To help speed up the swarm collection process we use a spray which the certainly like.


Bees on the sugar syrup spray
Bees on the sugar syrup spray

Heathrow recognizes that the population is dwindling and, instead of contacting an exterminator, have retained Beekeeper Tom to capture the honeybee swarms alive, remove them safely from the airport.

Removing the swarm is merely the start of their journey, once removed the honeybees are quarantined, just in case of infection, then placed in a brand new beehive alongside other managed beehives, close to a good mix of healthy foraging.


Did you know:

  • There are 20,000 species of wild bees, as well as some species of butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, birds, bats and other vertebrates that contribute to .
  • Three of four bites of food, or about 75 percent of the world’s food crops, depend at least in part, on pollination.
  • The volume of agricultural production dependent upon animal pollination has increased 300 percent over the past 50 years.


Thanks for reading, here’s to a busy season.


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