Woman calmly captures swarming bees from city tree with her bare hands

A woman collected swarming bees on a city street with only her bare hands and a box to take them home in.

Beekeeper Damson Tregaskis responded to reports of the black and yellow mini beasts buzzing around a tree in MediaCity, Salford and fearlessly collected them all on Tuesday afternoon (June 7).

Damson was even filmed asking passersby if they fancied helping out as she safely removed the bees and took them to her apiary in Stockport, Manchester Evening News reports.

Under her Twitter handle of Hive5Mcr, the beekeeper explained the wooden box used was just for transporting due to its extra air vents, and urged followers to stay tuned for the bees' progress.

Wearing a protective suit, but no gloves, Damson can be seen helping the bees outside Costa Coffee at MediaCityUK. She turns to onlookers and says: "Does anyone fancy giving me a hand?"

The clip shows Damson stood amid thousands of the insects, which are flying around her and forming in colonies on a tree branch. It was shared on Twitter, where Den Glanzig wrote: "Wasn't expecting this when I popped to MediaCity UK for my lunch."

He added: "It caught me off guard at first. I didn't notice them at first as I walk past those trees everyday. On the way back past later on, the lady was there collecting them so I stopped to watch."

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Damson, who runs site Hive5Manchester, which offers community engagement events and beekeeper mentoring classes, said she collected the swarm of bees and rehomed them in an apiary in her Stockport garden.

Speaking to the M.E.N, she said: "There was a swarm of bees at MediaCity that someone notified me about. In the video I'm collecting them from the tree then setting them up in our home apiary in Stockport.

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"I'm a professional beekeeper and usually manage beehives for corporate clients, as well as doing beekeeping courses and experiences." She added that she will be sharing updated on her Twitter page.

According to the British Beekeepers Association, a honeybee colony will swam to reproduce when the old queen leaves a colony with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find a spot to wait in until scout bees decide on a new home for the colony.

Most honey bee swarms are not aggressive, but people are asked to stay away from them as a precaution. It usually happens on sunny days between the months of May and July.

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