October 23rd, 2016

Leamington man all abuzz after bee incident

A DRIVER from Leamington was all abuzz after a swarm of bees made the back of his car a hive of activity.

Over the bank holiday weekend Harvey Crowe of Manor Road was called out to his Land Rover by a concerned neighbour who said ‘several’ bees or wasps were on his vehicle.

But when the the 45-year-old IT salesman went to look he was shocked to discover some 10,000 honey bees nearly concealing his number plate.

He told the Observer: “When I went outside to see my car I was shocked to find a full swarm.

“Several of the neighbours came out to look as it was quite a sight, none of us had ever experienced anything like it before.”

Quick-thinking Harvey decided to call the Stoneleigh-based British Beekeepers Association, which deployed a bee specialist to collect the insects and take them to a new home.

Harvey said: “Apparently, when a hive gets too big, a queen and half of the bees have to find a new home.

“The queen obviously liked Manor Road so set up camp on the back of my car, protected by thousands of other bees while her scouts searched the area for a place to build a new hive.

“It caused quite a stir, lots of people came out to see the swarm.

“Thankfully though the bee specialist did an incredible job and managed to collect them all.”