If you can, please leave bees alone

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Over the last cou­ple of weeks I have vis­ited a num­ber of houses in the New Rom­ney area in the evenings, where res­i­dents have been con­cerned about bees which have ap­peared in holes in their walls, un­der sheds or in bird boxes.

The most fa­mil­iar sce­nario is a colony of bumble bees tak­ing up res­i­dence in the small in­su­la­tion hole left in the brick­work in a house and where they then nest in the cav­ity wall. Bumble bee nests are rea­son­ably small and tend to hold only 100 bees per colony and the nest will dis­in­te­grate by the end of the sum­mer.

Most bumble bee nests tend to as­so­ciate them­selves in an old vole bur­row in the long grass or if near build­ings where mice are present. Un­der gar­den sheds is an­other clas­sic or in a garage and they ac­cess their nest from the bot­tom of the garage doors.

In both cases I would rec­om­mend, if the res­i­dents

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