A story of surprise and revelation. Martin Dohrn, a veteran wildlife filmmaker and a bee enthusiast, embarked on a special challenge during the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020: to film all the bees he could find in his tiny urban garden in Bristol, England. By the end of the summer, he became bee obsessed and developed relationships with some individuals.
Dohrn saw more than 60 species of bees that come in all shapes and sizes, from Britain's largest bumblebees to scissor bees, which are the size of a mosquito. Most people think of bees as honeybees, but the majority of bees are "wild" bees who make their homes in tunnels underground or holes carved from wood, and most are single mothers with their tiny broods hidden in a nest. This documentary will enlighten viewers about the incredible diversity of bees and of the mini dramas playing out in our own backyards.
Producer: Bill Murphy, Gaby Bastyra
Executive Producer: Fred Kaufman, Sean B. Carroll, David Guy Elisco
Production Company: Passion Planet; The WNET Group; HHMI Tangled Bank Studios; Ammonite Films
Copyright Year: 2021
Director: David Allen
Narrator: Martin Dohrn
Writers: Martin Dohrn, David Allen
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Number of Episodes: 1