Bees cause buzz near school
THOUSANDS of honey bees caused havoc after swarming a tree yards from the entrance of a Handsworth school.
Pupils were forced to take cover as the insects descended on the tree next to Wilkes Green Infant School.
One woman, who lives close to the scene, was said to be so alarmed she refused to leave the house.
Another local resident said: “We do have a bee hive on Antrobus Road, Handsworth. It’s next to Wilkes Green Infant School.
“Over the last few days thousands of bees have gathered in the branches of the tree, with many others swarming outside nearby houses.”
But Birmingham City Council said the bees were not part of the hive.
“A pest control officer been out to the scene,” spokeswoman said.
“He established that it is a swarm of honey bees – there is has the no hive or nest. He expected the swarm to move on over the next couple of days.
“Advice has been given to local residents, school staff, parents, the caretaker and pupils, but the honey bees are unlikely to harm anyone they are provoked.
“We have passed on contacts for an independent beekeeper should they need further assistance.
“It is the time of year for it.” unless