In some surprising and potentially alarming news for students – a huge colony of around 5,000 bees were found in a wall cavity at the Library of Heriot-Watt University. The surprising discovery was made a few days ago. Those who don’t like bees will be pleased to hear that they were moved away from the campus upon discovery. When threatened, bees have been known to inflict a painful sting – it is therefore worrying that they were so close to students – in one of the most densely populated buildings on campus! Read on for more.
The Library at the Riccarton Campus is always busy – being frequented by the student population of the University. However, some areas of the building are currently undergoing renovation. The bees took advantage of this – using a study room from the third floor to come and go as they please. The bees were actually producing honey while in the building – which is somewhat unsurprising given the sheer number of bees in the building. Students were largely unaware, before their buzzing became noticeable.
It is fortunate that the discovery was made in the winter – when bees aren’t seen as much as the summer. Bee specialists took matters into their own hands after the discovery was reported. The specialists were able to capture the bees, before taking them to an apiary on the outskirts of Edinburgh. They will be kept there to make blossom honey. Bees are an important part of the environment, yet numbers have actually substantially declined in recent years. Though a certain swarm seem to be in good health!
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Predictions suggested that the bees had been stationed at the Library for around eighteen months – where they slowly multiplied in numbers! The amount had swelled to around 5,000 when they were finally found. Luckily, they didn’t cause chaos in any way, and eventually moved onto pastures new! The students can sleep easily tonight.