Swarm of 20,000 bees invade Scottish Parliament

A byke of bees has settled on part of the Scottish Parliament structure. ''Pic: Malcolm McCurrach
A byke of bees has settled on part of the Scottish Parliament structure. ''Pic: Malcolm McCurrach
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IT’s just two weeks since the Scottish Parliament enjoyed the buzz of welcoming a colony of honey bees to take up residence in two hives in its grounds – but now Holyrood has been invaded by an estimated 20,000 unwanted bees.

A member of staff raised the alarm after a swarm suddenly appeared under the canopy above the public exit of the £414 million building. The company which looks after the parliament’s own bees was summoned to deal with the invaders and safely removed them.

A byke of bees has settled on part of the Scottish Parliament structure.''Pic: Malcolm McCurrach

A byke of bees has settled on part of the Scottish Parliament structure.''Pic: Malcolm McCurrach

It is unclear where the bees came from, but the creatures can travel up to two and a half miles and are said to go looking for a new home if they are hungry and cannot find food.

A parliament spokeswoman said it was pure coincidence that yesterday’s invasion came so soon after Holyrood set up its own bee colony.

She said: “These visitors were not our bees. Our bees are very happy and contented in their own hives and blissfully unaware of today’s excitement.”

Presiding officer Trica Marwick was on hand to welcome the parliament’s 10,000 or so Buckfast bees last month, suitably attired in protective clothing.

She spoke of how she was hoping the bees would begin producing honey later this year which could be used in the parliament’s canteen and sold in tubs in the gift shop for visitors as Holyrood Honey.