Bees cause buzz near school

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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