Swarm Collections 2020

Owing to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, Maldon Beekeepers’ have altered the way that they will be dealing with Swarm calls in 2020.

We shall be encouraging a ‘hands off’ approach with the public encouraged to work with the bees and allow them to move on naturally rather than collecting them.

Where a swarm poses an immediate threat to life, which is extremely unlikely, a beekeeper will attend to assist if at all possible.

Social distancing will be observed and all swarm collectors are authorised by the Division and hold all the necessary insurance to carry out swarm collection.

No swarm will be collected before 6.30pm.

All our authorised swarm collectors are volunteer beekeepers. Their out of pocket expenses to provide this service is between £30-50. Please pay this direct to the beekeeper who attends. Thank you.

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COVID19 Guidance
from Government website


  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

The main messages are:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period. (See ending isolation section for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
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