Removing bees from a roof space.

Here are a selection of photographs showing the removal of an established colony of bees from under a porch roof.  The bees had been in residence for over two years, but were now unfortunately causing a nuisance to neighbours, due to the large number of bees flying. 

They were all very calm during the removal process and are now firmly established in a new hive at home.

The bees were entering the roof space in the corner above the gutter.
With tiles and battens removed, I set about cutting the roofing felt.
Peeling back the roofing felt reveals all. The bees are all very calm and there are lots of them.
A beautifully presented colony in a dry, warm and secure environment.
With the comb removed, I had to now capture the remaining bees. This proved awkward because they didnt want to go into the skep at first.
All brood comb was placed into a box to be presented back to the colony, secured in frames and held with rubber bands. 10lbs of honey was given to the house owner.
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