Gareth had suggested we put our nucleus / bait hive up some tall trees where we’ve seen a swarm before. That wooden hive is quite heavy though, so a few weeks ago Lynne got a skep and put a removable base on it – By now we’d seen three swarms settle temporarily in these trees in a month.
We now realise the trees are very attractive because they are south facing (warm), tall (safe from preators and a good view to scout from and easy for scouts to navigate back to), and they are Leylandii – a resinous pine tree – so they smell of propolis. So no wonder they attract swarms.
The secind photo shows the skep hanging in a tree. Swarms tend to settle considerably higher than this but it’s as high as seemed safe up a ladder against the tree. So we’ll wait and see if a swarm finds this nice south facing “tree hollow”.