Passing beekeeper rescues swarm of bees in Stamford town centre

Swarm of bees in St Paul's churchyard, Stamford, on Friday.
Swarm of bees in St Paul's churchyard, Stamford, on Friday.

A SWARM of bees was is being coaxed out of a Stamford churchyard by a passing beekeeper.

Thousands of the buzzing insects were spotted covering a grave in St Michael’s Churchyard in Stamford after being seen flying down the High Street from St Paul’s Street and St Leonard’s Street at 1.45pm today.

The Lincolnshire Association of Beekeepers was called but as it happened beekeeper Jonathan Meyer was in town for a haircut and spotted the swarm.

He went home to pick up his equipment and started coaxing the bees into a cardboard box to remove them from the churchyard.

He said: “It’s a bit awkward because they are on the back of a gravestone but I’m trying to get them into the box so I can take them away.

“There could be up to 10,000 there but it’s a natural phenomenon and they don’t normally sting when they swarm.

“It’s just a way of producing new hives.”

The swarm was spotted flying over St Michael’s by Age UK manager Caroline Bithray. She said: “The sky was black.”