A Sting in the Tale

A Sting in the Tale

My Adventures With Bumblebees

Book - 2014
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT NATURE WRITERS SUCH AS E.O. WILSON AND CHARMING MEMOIRS LIKE GERALD DURRELL'S MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS , THIS FASCINATING BOOK WILL ALTER THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT BUMBLEBEES.

Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural Shropshire, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets. When his interest turned to the anatomical, there were even some ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But bees are where Goulson's true passion lies--the humble bumblebee in particular.

Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the English short-haired bumblebee went extinct in the United Kingdom, but by a twist of fate still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes original research into the habits of these mysterious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee, and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations.

One of the United Kingdom's most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines lighthearted 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 the nest, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee population and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2014.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250048370
1250048370
Branch Call Number: 595.799 GOU
Characteristics: xxvi, 256 p. ; 22 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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