07 / 11 / 2019 | Hazeley in the Community

We’re all aware of the dramatic decline of the bee population in the UK.

Our latest scheme in West Tytherley, Wiltshire is a former piggery and we had to demolish a number of the old buildings before we could begin the construction of our new homes. During the demolition of the last building, we discovered a large honeybee nest in the timber cladding of the building.

Being aware of the threat to bee populations and how important a species they are for the general well-being of our planet, our site manager, Trevor Woolford, made a dozen or so phone calls before he was able to secure the help of Clare Porter at Cedar Pest in West Wellow >> >> who collect honeybee swarms and relocate them to well looked after hives, most often to beekeepers within their local association.

Cedar Pest was able to come the next day. Initially, they dug away the timber around the hive and set up a temporary hive close to where the majority of the bees were located. They carefully moved the queen, some honey and honeycomb to the temporary hive to attract the rest of the swarm and let nature do its work and returned later in the evening and successfully removed the entire bee population.

Thank you Trevor, you’re beerilliant!