Swarm Season is here

  • Swarming is a natural process.  It is the colony reproducing by the old queen leaving with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home.
  • Most swarms occur on warm sunny days from May to the end of July usually between 11am – 4pm.
  • Often there is a peak on a fine day after poor weather when temperatures approach the high teens.
  • They normally settle into a cluster within 15 minutes.

Central Sussex Beekeepers Association

Interested in Keeping Bees?

Whether you are looking for information, education or ready to take your first step into beekeeping, you are in the right place!
This website is deliberately simple, as we want to make it easy for the visitor to find the information they need.

However, if you cannot find the answers you require, please contact us.

If you live in Crawley, Horsham, Haywards Heath or surrounding areas, why not join us at one of our regular meetings? The Central Sussex Beekeepers Association would welcome you as a member.

Beginner Course

Every year, our Beekeeping Course for Beginners begins in March with theory classes, and then continues in April with practical sessions throughout the summer at our training apiary.

Apiary Talk


Starting in March



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