A 12-year-old girl parked her bicycle to go on a short shopping trip and came back to find it covered with 12,000 bees.

Experts think a queen bee may have rested on Alice Gilmore's bike after escaping from a hive, and had then been followed by the entire swarm.

The bees were clustered under the bike's saddle and on the handlebars.

Alice and her mother Angela had to summon experts help from apiarists, who trapped the bees in a box and took them to another hive in Petersfield, Hampshire.

"I like nature and animals but I wasn't too keen on this," .

Ananova