Swarm of bees take over corner of Cardiff city centre

A swarm of bees landed on a tree on the corner of one of Cardiff city centre's busiest streets on Saturday afternoon. Visitors to St Mary's Street in the Welsh capital city spotted the mass of bees on a tree on the top of the street near the O'Neills and Proud Mary pubs.

The bees congregated on a small tree but videos from the area also show swarms of the creatures flying around. The bees were soon cordoned off by staff from Proud Mary while bee keepers arrived.

This is not the first time swarms of bees have taken over the street, last year part of St Mary Street was cordoned off after hundreds landed in the middle of the road. You can read about that here.

According to the British Beekeepers Association, most honey bee swarms are not aggressive but they advise people to keep away and leave them alone. Honey bee swarming is natural and usually happens when the bees are looking for a new home. A swarm of bumblebees are also best left alone, says the association, as they are valuable pollinators, with some being endangered.

Bee keepers have a saying which goes: "A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly", which means the later in the year it is, the less time there will be for bees to collect pollen from flowers in blossom.

According to experts, most swarms occur on warm sunny days from May to the end of July. For more city news, sign up to our Cardiff newsletter