The extremely dry spell in August will not be forgotten for many reasons. The ling heather bloomed early and gave a fantastic nectar yield within the first weeks of August. It was one of the best heather honey crops for many a year.

The blackberry and clover nectar flows had no sooner ended when beekeepers had to load up hives for transport to the hills. Given the high temperatures and brilliant sunshine, nectar yields from the heather flowed earlier in the flowering period than one would have expected. Those beekeepers, lucky enough to have taken hives to the heather, got a good return for their efforts. Bees quickly converted the nectar into honey, capping the cells over the liquid gold, sealing in its goodness and creating a honeycomb worthy of a place in any museum. In fact, most of the frames of honeycomb were of show quality.