Caroline Dilke is one of the West Dorset Beekeepers who will collect honeybee swarms in the area. She explains the process and the ‘strange madness’ that comes over beekeepers when dealing with this phenomenon.
April is a busy month for honeybees and beekeepers. Even if cold, wet weather keeps the bees indoors some days, spring is inexorably here. When the bees can fly, there is plenty of forage for them. Warm, dry days allow access to millions of dandelions which yellow the meadows all month, and a hive full of bees, given access to this bonanza, can make 30lb of honey and lots of golden comb in a week or two.