Victoria Avenue closed after swarm of bees escape from Southend Museum

The bees swarming on Victoria Avenue

The bees swarming on Victoria Avenue

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A LANE of Victoria Avenue was closed after two sets of bees swarmed out of Southend Museum.

The swarms broke away from an overcrowded observation hive at the museum and were spotted in a bush nearby and in the central reservation near the Victoria Gateway junction before a bee expert was called in to carefully rehome the bees in Leigh.

Ann Cushion, from the Southend division of Essex Beekeepers, stepped up to gather the swarms into nucleus boxes containing old beeswax on Thursday after using the centuries-old procedure of burning grass in a bee-smoker to lull them into a state of docility.

Echo:

Ann with her smoker on Victoria Avenue

Roger Payne, the council’s Curator of Natural History, said: “We have an indoor observation hive on the first floor of the museum which has glass sides - bees can come and go from the outside but people are able to watch their behaviour.

“This hive was getting very crowded. Normally in spring when there are large numbers of bees in such a small place, the colony splits and forms one or more swarms, each one with a new queen bee at its centre.”

Although swarms of honey bees can look menacing, they are considered less dangerous than those in hives, as they gorge on honey prior to leaving the nest which makes them more docile.

Miss Cushion said: “I left the boxes open till dusk so that any remaining bees could return. Later I took them back to my garden in Leigh. They needed to be at least three miles away so that they wouldn’t go back to their previous foraging area.

“I will feed them with sugar syrup to encourage them to start building strong honeycombs, and will check them to ensure they have no diseases. They are too small to go into a hive yet, so may stay in the boxes for the rest of this year.”

Miss Cushion and some of her bees will be taking part in the Discover Wildlife event at Prittlewell Priory, Priory Park on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the 4th and 5th May from 11am until 4pm.

Echo:

Bees alerting others the queen is in the nucleus box

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12:40pm Tue 29 Apr 14

.net says...

Unbeelievable!
Unbeelievable! .net
  • Score: 16

1:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

The Echo with the breaking news,..it always gives me a Buzz reading it here first.
The Echo with the breaking news,..it always gives me a Buzz reading it here first. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

2:06pm Tue 29 Apr 14

the citizen says...

As Austin Powers would say....."Oh......Bee
have!"
As Austin Powers would say....."Oh......Bee have!" the citizen
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Tue 29 Apr 14

whateverhappened says...

with a lane closed i bet the area is a hive of activity, so bee careful out there
with a lane closed i bet the area is a hive of activity, so bee careful out there whateverhappened
  • Score: 8

3:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Public Inconvenience says...

Well done Essex Beekeepers,"nectar" points all round!
Well done Essex Beekeepers,"nectar" points all round! Public Inconvenience
  • Score: 8

4:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

nothing like waxing lyrical when bored at work......
nothing like waxing lyrical when bored at work...... pembury53
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

emcee says...

Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend.
Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend. emcee
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Tue 29 Apr 14

SouthendWanderer says...

Is this story real? Or are they pollen my leg?
Is this story real? Or are they pollen my leg? SouthendWanderer
  • Score: 10

4:24pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Such funny comments I nearly wet myself. Going for apis.
Such funny comments I nearly wet myself. Going for apis. Nebs
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Tue 29 Apr 14

John Bull 40 says...

Wasp is this all about.
Wasp is this all about. John Bull 40
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Was local buzziness affected?
Was local buzziness affected? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MissTex says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Wasp is this all about.
Glad you liked the pictures, I borrowed a colleagues camera to take them there are more on Southend Museums blog site.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: Wasp is this all about.[/p][/quote]Glad you liked the pictures, I borrowed a colleagues camera to take them there are more on Southend Museums blog site. MissTex
  • Score: 0

7:53pm Tue 29 Apr 14

MissTex says...

emcee wrote:
Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend.
Glad you liked the pictures I borrowed a colleagues camera from the museum and a spare jacket from Ann. There are more on Southend Museums blog http://southendmuseu
m.wordpress.com
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend.[/p][/quote]Glad you liked the pictures I borrowed a colleagues camera from the museum and a spare jacket from Ann. There are more on Southend Museums blog http://southendmuseu m.wordpress.com MissTex
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Nebs says...

MissTex wrote:
emcee wrote:
Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend.
Glad you liked the pictures I borrowed a colleagues camera from the museum and a spare jacket from Ann. There are more on Southend Museums blog http://southendmuseu

m.wordpress.com
I'll make a bee-line for that website.
[quote][p][bold]MissTex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Nice to see "action-packed" photos for a change. A lot different from the normal, unnecessary (and sometimes irrelevent) library images or the mundane pictures of people pointing at things that seems to be the Echo trend.[/p][/quote]Glad you liked the pictures I borrowed a colleagues camera from the museum and a spare jacket from Ann. There are more on Southend Museums blog http://southendmuseu m.wordpress.com[/p][/quote]I'll make a bee-line for that website. Nebs
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Tue 29 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I was expecting a sting in the tail with this story.
I was expecting a sting in the tail with this story. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

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