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Huge swarm of bees spotted in Plymouth

Footage: Brett Butler Smythe

A huge swarm of bees has been spotted on a residential street in Plymouth.

It was caught on camera by former Apprentice contestant Brett Butler Smythe - who found his car surrounded by the insects in Derriford.

It's thought a mild winter and hot summer could have led to an increase in bee population.

Bee keeper called to Royal Naval Air Station

Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker and the unwelcome visitors Credit: RNAS Culdrose

An instructor at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was confronted by swarming bees when he arrived at work.

Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker, who is responsible for the station's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence cell, had to call for help from a local bee keeper when he found the swarm outside his office window.

Fortunately he had full protective kit which he needs for his day job.

Les Tonkin from the West Cornwall Bee Keepers Association took them away to - hopefully - start a new colony.

Hopefully the honey bees will start a new colony Credit: RNAS Culdrose


WATCH: Bees swarm in Bristol's heatwave

A swarm of bees in Totterdown, Bristol. Credit: Juliet Fleming

If you're feeling a little restless in the heat, spare a thought for the region's bees.

Juliet Fleming from Bristol has sent us this clip of bees swarming in the hot weather. They gathered in the front garden of a house on Hawthorn St, near Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown earlier this week.

Experts say it is natural for bees to swarm in hot weather.

A bee specialist has collected the majority of the insects, and will return to collect the stragglers, who are likely to die without their colony.

Somerset's bee population affected by floods

Shrill Carder Bee Credit: ITV West Country

The population of a rare bumblebee found in Somerset may have been badly affected by this year's floods.

Conservationists are worried that the number of Shrill Carder Bees in the region are decreasing. The bees get their name from the way they make a high pitched sound when moving their muscles.

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