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Over the last couple of years I have reduced the number of beehives I keep and generally only have enough honey for my own family's use, and to give away to friends and family. On a good year you may find some of my excess honey for sale at The Borough Cafe in Downton.

Bee videos

Collecting swarms of honey bees

How to collect a swarm of honey bees

Place a box under the swarm.

Shake the cluster into the box.

Turn the box upside down on a large sheet, and prop up on one side to create an opening.

If the queen is in the box they will all find her using their 'fanning' behaviour.

Wrap up the box with the sheet and take to a hive containing frames with wax foundation.

Shake the bees onto a ramp in front of the hive.

Occasionally you'll see the queen in the crowd as they march upwards.

Treat with icing sugar to reduce varroa.

Place a narrow entrance block.

Sit back and have a beer!

Reginald Prawnbaum on beekeeping