A Sting in the Tale

A Sting in the Tale

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One man's quest to save the bumblebee.
     
Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees.

Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes exclusive research into these curious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect it for all time.

One of the UK's most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines Gerald Durrell-esque tales of a child's growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. He details the minutiae of life in their nests, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and on the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.
Publisher: London :, Vintage Books,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780099575122
Branch Call Number: 595.799 GOU
Characteristics: xxiv, 256 pages ; 20 cm

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Batzlb1
Aug 18, 2015

Informative book regarding status of the wild bumblebees worldwide. Area of focus: Europe. Take away: support bumblebees by planting Viper's bugloss and red clover.

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nsystems
Mar 16, 2015

The author is the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. His book was a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK's most prestigious non-fiction award.

He tells us a lot about various species of bumblebees. The book also shed some light on the natural history of honeybees, so I may read it again. Well done!

ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

Biologist Dave Goulson's childhood in rural Shropshire inspired a lifelong passion for nature -- especially insects. Falling in love with the humble bumblebee, Goulson established the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, dedicated to studying and protecting this "most gentle and friendly of insects." In addition to describing the biology, behavior, and life cycle of the numerous species of the tribe Bombini, he also recounts his attempts to reintroduce the once-common English short-haired bumblebee to the United Kingdom by importing a colony from New Zealand. As much a naturalist's memoir as it is a natural history of the bumblebee, this engaging and richly detailed book will delight fans of these fuzzy, buzzing pollinators. Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014.

ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

Biologist Dave Goulson's childhood in rural Shropshire inspired a lifelong passion for nature -- especially insects. Falling in love with the humble bumblebee, Goulson established the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, dedicated to studying and protecting this "most gentle and friendly of insects." In addition to describing the biology, behavior, and life cycle of the numerous species of the tribe Bombini, he also recounts his attempts to reintroduce the once-common English short-haired bumblebee to the United Kingdom by importing a colony from New Zealand. As much a naturalist's memoir as it is a natural history of the bumblebee, this engaging and richly detailed book will delight fans of these fuzzy, buzzing pollinators. Nature and Science Newsletter August 2014.

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