A swarm in May is worth a load of hay
I phoned the local beekeeper who lives in the village and he came up with an empty hive giving them a lovely slide to guide them down into the frames but our bees quite liked the warm, sheltered dry stone wall. several stones; clusters of very angry bees were scooped into the hive and we hoped one of those clusters had the queen.
They were left over night but in the morning the wall was still buzzing and the hive was empty, Beekeeper John was beginning to think the unthinkable and that he might have to gas them - it wasn't safe to leave them where they were.
One last effort was made and a partially filled frame loaded with honey was left propped on the top of the wall in the hope that the honey might draw the queen out. And joy of joys it worked! More bees were scooped into the hive box and then they started going in out like lovely well behaved bees, even having a little dance on the entry board.
After a few hours to get settled and for as many bees as possible to move house into their lovely new hive John took them to his veggie patch with his other hives (and chickens!) where he is feeding them with sugarwater to help them get over their adventure and settle into their new home, later in the year he'll take them up onto the moors to make heather honey.
And what do Beekeepers wear? (other than veils and gloves) Wellies with bees on them!! Bees are not just a hobby but a passion.