Traffic came to a standstill in London yesterday, what’s new huh? This time it wasn’t the usual traffic congestion, but a massive swarm of bees!
During the evening rush hour, the gigantic swarm made a ‘beeline’ towards a set of traffic lights on Greenwich Church Street, close to the famous Greenwich market on Tuesday evening with everyone in the vicinity ducking for cover!
Abigail Hering, who runs a jewellery shop close by spoke of the moment she encountered the bees, saying:
“It was just literally swarming, above the cars around the one-way system. The buzzing swarm was there for at least an hour.
“When I left work, I went to walk towards my car, they were on the traffic lights. Millions of them on the traffic lights. And then at that point they’d come lower so they were actually buzzing around the people.
“And while I was videoing them I looked down and I could see literally the front of me covered in bees. They were on me. They were on everybody. They were in your hair, on your top.”
Beekeepers were called to the scene, and once there, they placed a mobile hive on top of their car and spent four hours calming the swarm and coaxing them into the hive.
Phil Clarkson, from Brockley Bees, said:
“Nobody was stung here today. People did get a bit nervous, and they were quite concerned understandably.”
“But then when we talked to people and explained to them that actually a swarm is very benign, the likelihood of getting stung is very, very rare, and in most cases, it’s only when people swat them or squash them on their body that the bee will sting them.”
“They’re very calm and very docile when they’re swarming. At this time of the year [swarming is] quite common, but it is rare to get them to land on such things as traffic lights.”