Following in the footsteps of great nature-writers such as Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin, this fascinating book will alter the way we think about the bumblebee.
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 short-haired bumblebee now only 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 exclusive research into these mysterious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations.
One of the UK’s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines light-hearted 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 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.