A Buzz in the Meadow

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A Buzz in the Meadow Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Vintage Publishing Pages: 288 ISBN: 9780099597698 Categories: , ,

In A Buzz in the Meadow Goulson tells the story of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow and how, over a decade, he has created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. But other creatures live there too, a myriad insects of every kind, many of them ones that Goulson has studied before in his career as a biologist. You will learn about 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.

Goulson is brilliant, and very funny, at showing how scientists actually conduct experiments. The book is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms.

A Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson’s account of a lifetime studying bumblebees, was one of the success stories of 2013. Well reviewed, it was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book of the year.

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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 * New Scientist * A gripping account of the importance of insects to our environment.... Goulson has an easy-going style and an enthusiastic yet rigourous approach to material that could seem dry ... Goulson's patient attempts to establish a link between [bees' colony collapse disorder and a new class of insecticide] become as gripping as any forensic thriller. -- Suzi Feay * Financial Times * For those who think of science as being dry and boring this book will be a revelation. Goulson's book is juicy and delicious, layered with flavours and steeped in culture. -- Nicola Davies, 5 stars * Daily Telegraph * Glorious... The real pleasure of reading this book is hearing the hum of biodiversity rising from every page. -- Damian Whitworth * The Times * A wonderfully entertaining one-man campaign... A blend of scientific evidence and amusing travelogue that engages the reader as much with the eloquence of its argument as with the charm of its humour. -- Mark Cocker, 5 stars * Mail on Sunday * An inspirational case for awareness and appreciation of the teeming diversity. -- John Akeroyd * Spectator * Urgent and impassioned. -- Max Liu * Independent * Witty, clever and richly informative. -- Mark Cocker * New Statesman * Will make you glad that British universities are full of slightly fruity, quietly impassioned academics devoting their life to the smallest of creatures on Earth. * Big Issue * Much more than a series of romantic wildlife walks... A trove of elegant and fascinating ecological tales. -- Richard Jones * BBC Wildlife * Absolutely captivating. * Independent * Biology is beautiful, as told in these pages. -- Gerald Isaaman * Camden Review * A latter-day Gerald Durrell, Goulson fairly buzzes with enthusiasm, recounting numerous hilarious wildlife encounters with great literary flair, whilst retaining a scientist's meticulous eye for detail and a conservationist's concern for the future of the planet. * Good Book Guide * '[Goulson's] heartfelt call for us to cherish the nurture of nature is as sweet as honey. -- Lain Finlayson and Kate Saunders * Saga Magazin *

Author Biography

Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at University of Sussex. He has published more than 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers, The Garden Jungle and A Sting in the Tale, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a trustee of Pesticide Action Network, and an Ambassador for the UK Wildlife Trusts.