Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:05
Many thanks Philippa. Had already tried a few searches then struck lucky after your posting.
A friendly beekeeper came along and to my surprise without any protection simply commenced shaking and scooping the bees into a purpose-built box/hive.
Less to my surprise however he then donned his full gear as apparently the bees were a little aggressive, he reckoned due to being hungry - so a good job we intervened, they may have stung passers by.
After about an hour all were safely gathered in, he has a new hive of bees and (so he reckoned) about 10,000 bees were rescued and have hopefully been taken somewhere where there is plenty of food.
We have tried to make our garden wildlife friendly but clearly failed to produce enough nectar plants for 10,000 bees.
Here is the link - http://www.bbka.org.uk/ there is even a postcode field to complete and hey presto the nearest keeper's contact details appear on screen!
Thanks again, and sorry to have taken up valuable time & space - just panicked a bit!