Swarm of bees descend on south London housing estate

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 (Paul Elliott)
(Paul Elliott)

Thousands of honey bees swarmed on a south London housing estate sending residents into a panic.

The swarm descended on a popular walkway in the Park View Estate on Kale Road, Thamesmead.

Local Paul Elliott said: “Some residents were running with their arms in the air screaming. It was also on a route a lot of school children use.

“But they aren’t dangerous at all, despite what people may think. They could’ve been disturbed from roadworks over the road and were just looking to find somewhere new.”

Elliot, a volunteer for The Greenwich Wildlife Network, called a husband and wife team at Chelsfield Honey who successfully removed the queen, and as many other bees, to their apiary on Wednesday.

The swarm descended on a popular walkway in the Park View Estate where children walked to schoolPaul Elliott
The swarm descended on a popular walkway in the Park View Estate where children walked to schoolPaul Elliott

Despite getting so close to the swarm Mr Elliott said he was not stung.

“I like bee’s and I think they trust me, however strange that sounds. I’m just glad I could help them though at the end of the day, and now I know they’re out of harm's way.”

Swarms are a natural part of the life cycle of bees and occur when a colony splits, usually after a period of warm weather.

In 2014 a massive swarm of bees trapped Topshop customers and sent commuters running for cover in Victoria station.

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