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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'[Goulson's] heartfelt call for us to cherish the nurture of nature is as sweet as honey. -- Lain Finlayson and Kate Saunders * Saga Magazin * 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 * Biology is beautiful, as told in these pages. -- Gerald Isaaman * Camden Review * Absolutely captivating. * Independent * Much more than a series of romantic wildlife walks... A trove of elegant and fascinating ecological tales. -- Richard Jones * BBC Wildlife * 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 * Witty, clever and richly informative. -- Mark Cocker * New Statesman * Urgent and impassioned. -- Max Liu * Independent * An inspirational case for awareness and appreciation of the teeming diversity. -- John Akeroyd * Spectator * 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 * Glorious... The real pleasure of reading this book is hearing the hum of biodiversity rising from every page. -- Damian Whitworth * The 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 * 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 * 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 * Had me exclaiming with delight... Goulson's book is juicy and delicious, layered with flavours and steeped in culture * Daily Telegraph * Goulson writes with infectious enthusiasm... A lively and important read. -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times * 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 *

Author Biography

Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He has spent the last twenty years studying bumblebees, and has published over 250 scientific articles on their biology. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, A Sting in the Tale, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, A Buzz in the Meadow and Bee Quest.