WATCH: Huge bee colonies found at TWO South Wiltshire churches

WATCH: Huge bee colonies found at TWO South Wiltshire churches

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:19pm 19th May 2020. (Updated at 5:30pm 19th May 2020)

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Up to 40,000 insects have been discovered at St Mary and St Melor in Amesbury, with a similar number swarming near Salisbury Cathedral.

In Amesbury, the hives are believed to have been within the roof for a number of years, but have only just been discovered.

They were found during repairs at St Mary and St Melor, which are being carried out after a fundraising campaign earlier this year.

The bees were found by scaffolders on site, with the church calling in experts to move the bees to a new hive.

St Mary and St Melor have been working to get the roof fixed, to secure their future, and make sure the building's safe for the congregation.

As they've faced a difficult journey to get the funding in place for the repairs, the idea of raising some extra cash hasn't been lost - you can hear someone in the video asking: 

"How much do you reckon we could get for the honey?!"


Meanwhile, there's plenty of bees around another famous South Wiltshire church - Salisbury Cathedral.

There are a few beekeepers around the Cathedral Close, including Canon Chancellor Ed Probert and organist John Challenger.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, is also a keen beekeeper.

Salisbury Cathedral Bee Swarm May 2020
Beekeepers get ready to remove a swarm from a tree in the Cathedral Close

Around 30,000 insects from one of the nearby hives followed their queen to gather on the branch of a tree in Canon Treasurer Robert Titley's garden.

He let his colleagues in to safely remove the swarm and take them back to their rightful home.

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