The Wonder Of Bees

Confirmed for 5 May on BBC Four at 8-8.30pm

Ep 4/4

Monday 5 May

8.00pm-8.30pm

BBC FOUR

In the final film of the series, Martha Kearney enjoys the English countryside at its best, offers her honey to the public at a village fair and succeeds finally 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 to celebrate this unique bit of countryside. The pressure is on Martha to get the honey ready in time.

With such a late spring the meadow flowers are late opening and the bees are still foraging on a neighbouring farmer’s crops when the day arrives.

Martha visits Cornwall’s Tregothnan Estate to discover the secret of the highly prized manuka honey and returns to Suffolk with plans for a final harvest of wildflower honey.

By now the meadow is in its prime. When Martha sends her honey to be tested it is proved to be true wildflower honey. It only remains to prepare the bees for the winter and reflect on a rewarding and fascinating season of beekeeping.

DS