of 10,000 bees adds to the buzz at Burnham Food Festival!
Beekeepers were called to collect a large swarm of bees after
they made an unexpected appearance in Burnham-On-Sea town centre
during the town's Food Festival on Saturday (May 23rd).
of the bees gathered on a rig of builder's scaffolding in Victoria
Street, leading to an area being cordoned off as a precaution
to keep festival-goers at a safe distance.
crowd gathered to watch local beekeeper Richard Cherry and Peter
Burridge-Clayton, a beekeeping enthusiast and councillor, pull
on their protective clothes to reach the swarm.
estimate there were around 10,000 bees in the swarm, but we managed
to safely collect them away to a hive in Burnham," Richard
like this are quite common at this time of the year - it's the
end of the 'Spring flow', so fewer flowers are in bloom and the
bees go searching for them."
added: "I am a member of the British Beekeepers Association
and also the Somerton & Frome Beekeepers Association, and
have attended a theory course over the winter to refresh my knowledge."
used to keep when I was younger with my uncle when we supplied
Chatsworth House with honey. Unfortunately, he passed away a few
days ago but I hope to keep the family interest going. The bees
have settled in well and hopefully will now find their new home
Milner Simonds said: "Our stewards were alerted to the swarming
of the bees by traders and members of the public. We assessed
the situation, cordoned off the area, placed an experienced steward
on duty and sought professional advice from an apiarist who was
trading at the show."
contacted Somerset Bee Keepers who attended to collect the swarm.
We are very grateful to the member of the public, who is also
a bee keeper, who stayed by the cordon to offer advice to visitors.
It wasn't on our pre-event risk assessment, but our dynamic risk
management process worked very well and we are happy to report
that there was no panic, no stings and two happy bee keepers at
the end of the day. We hope that Festival Honey will make an appearance
at a subsequent show!"
Milner Simonds thanked the bee experts Richard Cherry and Peter
Burridge-Clayton for removing the swarm