A couple of months ago I was contacted by Kassia Wordley of Bournemouth University who wanted to interview me as part of a project she was undertaking to produce a programme about bees suitable for Radio 4. Of course I agreed and, when our diaries matched, she came over to see me and we spent about 3 hours together talking about bees, including visiting my apiary at nearby Frogmore Farm.
This is close to a large badger sett down which you could easily lose half a class of schoolkids! I showed Kassia a badger trail passing close to the badger-proof fence around the hives. We opened the smaller hive, working very gently as neither of us had protective clothing and I don’t use smoke nowadays.
She saw the bees and was impressed and so was I as the colony had almost doubled in size at the wrong time of year owing to the strange non-winter weather following a brood break during the non-summer.
She told me that the next person she was to interview was Professor Dave Goulson of Sussex University with whom I’d been chatting only a few days earlier following his lecture at the National Honey Show. I bought his latest book, A Buzz in the Meadow, which he autographed for me.
Kassia’s programme lasts for about 8 minutes of which I can be heard for a massive 45 seconds! If you want to hear it, visit: http://www.beediaries.co.uk .