Colony of bees rescued after moving into the offices of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:38 10 July 2018

Staff member and beekeeper Jenifer Tucker with the sanctuary's own colonies of honey bees

Staff member and beekeeper Jenifer Tucker with the sanctuary's own colonies of honey bees

Simon Horn

Bees moved to safety after setting up home in the roof of The Donkey Sanctuary's headquarters

Colony of bees rescued from the roof space of The  Donkey Sanctuary's main officeColony of bees rescued from the roof space of The Donkey Sanctuary's main office

A colony of honey bees which moved into The Donkey Sanctuary’s main offices has been safely moved to a new home, thanks to a member of staff who is also a beekeeper.

Website manager Jenifer Tucker’s expertise enabled her to lure the bees out of the roof space at Slade House, without the need to call in a pest controller.

She set up a bait hive nearby and within minutes, bees had begun taking an interest. By mid-afternoon they had all left the roof space, and the colony was later transferred to a larger beehive and moved away from the sanctuary.

Jenifer said: “It was amazing to watch them leave the building and head to the bait hive. At no time was anyone in any danger as honey bees in swarming mode are actually very calm and placid, although as a responsible beekeeper I still put on my beesuit when collecting swarms.”

Bees gather outside The Donkey Sanctuary's main office after being safely lured out of the roof spaceBees gather outside The Donkey Sanctuary's main office after being safely lured out of the roof space

The sanctuary already keeps its own colony of bees, which Jenifer looks after.

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