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October 29, 2016

The Wonder of Bees, Part 4

BBC Four 5 May 2014

Martha enjoys the English countryside at its best, offers her honey to the public at a village fair and finally succeeds in harvesting the true wildflower honey she set out to achieve.

At the height of summer the owners of the meadow have invited the public to an open day […]

October 24, 2016

The Wonder of Bees, Part 3

BBC Four 28 April 2014

Spring has well and truly sprung and the hives are going from strength to strength, but that brings with it a problem of its own – the swarm. As the colonies become overcrowded, the bees become likely to depart in a swarm with the queen, leaving just a few behind […]

October 20, 2016

The Wonder of Bees, Part 2

BBC Four 21 April 2014

Martha discovers a bee with deformed wing virus in one of the hives she has set up on a Suffolk wildflower meadow. With the help of a master beekeeper, she treats the hive for verroa mite. Britain’s leading bee scientist explains the role of verroa in the decline of bees […]

October 17, 2016

The Wonder of Bees, Part 1

BBC Four 14 April 2014

Martha Kearney’s year gets off to a bad start when unseasonal snow in spring threatens to kill the bee colonies she keeps in her garden in Suffolk. With help from a master beekeeper Martha feeds her bees and takes one of the hives to a wildflower meadow at a neighbour’s […]