Men knew exactly what to do when huge bee swarm hit city pubs

The bees were boxed up and taken away by Mohammed and his friends
-Credit: (Image: Handout)

A city centre pub had to move its punters inside for safety this afternoon, after a huge swarm of bees descended on the street.

Speaking to the ECHO, Alice Frances, who works at Danny Mac's Tavern on Oldham Street in Liverpool City Centre, said: "I was on shift this afternoon and some people ran into the bar and said they saw a 'mist' of bees coming - a lot of them."

Alice popped her head outside and saw the "huge swarm" with her own eyes. She said: "They were just swarming around outside between The Dispensary Pub and Danny Mac's. So we shut the doors and windows."

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Alice said it was "scary" seeing such a large number of bees on the street, which is off Renshaw Street. She added: "People were scared to go outside so stayed indoors with the windows locked. Nobody wanted to go out.

"Everyone was shocked - it's not something you see in the middle of the city. It was scary and amazing at the same time to see something unusual like that."

Fortunately, a fearless bee charmer and his friends were on hand to help out. Mohammed Amini, 19, a student from Manchester, was in Liverpool with his friends Barzi, Shamal and Zhyar when they heard about the unfolding drama from a friend who was passing.

People look on in surprise as the bees swarm on Renshaw Street
People look on in surprise as the bees swarm on Renshaw Street -Credit:Handout

Mohammed and his friends found a cardboard box and made their way to Renshaw Street to help get the bees under control.

Alice couldn't believe her eyes when she saw him charm the bees into the box with his bare hands. She said: "These men brought a box and started to scoop the bees into it. It was amazing skill. Honestly their bravery made us feel comfortable to come back outside."

Speaking to the ECHO, Mohammed, who is originally from Kurdistan, made it all sound simple. He said: "Bees don't attack. They're gentle. They didn't sting any of us - they're just trying to protect the queen. You just have to know how to handle them."

Mohammed explained how he and his friends were able to coax the bees into the box. He said: "All we had to do was find the queen bee and get her in the box. Then the rest followed to protect her."

The bees swarming outside the Dispensary pub
The bees swarming outside the Dispensary pub -Credit:Handout

Mohammed learned how to handle bees when he was growing up in Kurdistan. He said: "I learned about bees back home as a kid. There were people who lived on a farm nearby and they kept bees - I learned from talking to them."

Mohammed and his friends took the box of bees back to their house and are planning to rehome them on a farm.

It isn't the first time a large swarm of bees has been spotted in Liverpool City Centre. In 2022, we reported on a similar incident outside The Lobster Pot on Whitechapel.

According to the British Beekeepers Association, most bee swarms are not aggressive. They said: "Swarming is a natural process. It is the colony reproducing by the old queen leaving with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home. Most swarms occur on warm sunny days from May to the end of July."

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