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A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson

A Buzz in the Meadow

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Dave Goulson enchanted with his first book, A Sting in the Tail, a threnody for the Bumble bee, in A Buzz in the Meadow, he bases his book on his French farmhouse and the 33 acres of meadow he is gradually restoring there. This in itself is a moving story and unfolds the grand scheme of nature and its interrelatedness and how easy it is to destroy it all by grubbing up hedges or monocropping. The bumblebees are joined by a cast of thousands – bugs and beetles, butterflies, moths, ants and other creatures including one magical beast making an appearance at the very end of the book. This is after a sobering chapter on modern weed killers including the infamous neonicotinides and how we are on the brink of calamity every bit as disastrous as DDT. Dave Goulson is an inspiring communicator, never talking down, sweeping readers along with his enthusiasm and sheer love for his bumble bees and any other insect that crosses his path. ~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Author of A Sting in the Tale (an account of a lifetime’s fascination with bees), Dave Goulson crosses the channel and introduces the reader to his dilapidated French farmhouse and its wildlife. Chez Nauche has 33 acres of meadow, which Goulson earmarked as a safe haven for bees, but which is also home to thousands of other insects, birds and animals that enrich family life on the farm in myriad ways. A latter-day Gerald Durrell, Goulson fairly buzzes with enthusiasm, recounting numerous hilarious wildlife encounters with great literary flair.
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A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson

This book is from the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize - shortlisted Sunday Times bestseller, A Sting in the Tale. In 2003, Dave Goulson bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. Over the course of a decade, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive along with myriad insects of every kind. In this book you will learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, about the importance of houseflies, why butterflies have spots on their wings, about dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. But it is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms. A Buzz in the Meadow is a captivating look at our natural world and a call to arms for nature-lovers everywhere. Glorious. (The Times). Captivating. (Independent).

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'Wonderfully entertaining... Engages the reader as much with the eloquence of its argument as with the charm of its humour' -- Mark Cocker Mail on Sunday

'Goulson writes with infectious enthusiasm... A lively and important read.' -- Ian Critchley Sunday Times

'Had me exclaiming with delight... Goulson's book is juicy and delicious, layered with flavours and steeped in culture' Daily Telegraph

'Buy this book, give it as a present. It is required reading for being a human in the 21st century.' -- Matthew Cobb, professor of zoology at the Univerity of Manchester

About the Author

Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He has published over 190 scientific articles on bees, butterflies and other insects. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, whose groundbreaking conservation work won the Heritage Lottery Award for best Environmental Project. He was made 'Social Innovator of the Year' by the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council in 2010.

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Publication date

23rd April 2015


Dave Goulson

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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


288 pages


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Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders



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