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
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
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
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