I’ve waited a very long time to interview this weeks guest. But patience paid off, and I’m utterly sure this programme will blow, or at least open your mind just a little bit more.
It’s about those tiny little creatures without whom this podcast would not exist, in the sense that so much of the food and drink we eat is dependent on this insect’s ability to pollinate plants.
Mark Rogers, owner of Twinways Orchard, has immersed himself in the world of bees for years. Whilst I knew bees were important, and I knew they were being threatened, for a very long time I’ve wanted to speak to an expert about what exactly is going on and why we should be concerned.
Mark will reveal parts of bees lives that sound like they belong to science fiction – and yet they’re happening all around us, without us noticing.
For instance, I thought being Queen Bee was a nice gig. It turns out she’s not the boss at all but the hive’s egg slave, being herded around by her inferiors.
And did you know that honeybees are greedy vandals? Give them half a chance and they will rip a hole in the bottom of a flower to get to the nectar, leaving nothing for other types of insect whose tongues were designed specifically for that plant and will pollinate it properly.
And we haven’t got onto the figure-of-eight dance that bees do, and the amazing things it tells other bees, or how long bees can survive in the post.
When you listen, I hope you learn as much as I did, and I hope that you will never want to spray your roses, or any other plant, again.