Another fascinating book by the author of A Sting in the Tale.
A Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson's account of a lifetime studying bumblebees, was one of the most gratifying success stories of 2013. Brilliantly reviewed, it was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book of the year.
In A Buzz in the Meadow Goulson tells the story of how in 2003 he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. He wanted to create 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. As in A Sting in the Tale, 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. Goulson has that rare ability to persuade you to go out into your garden or local park and get down on your hands and knees and look. The undiscovered glory that is life in all its forms on planet Earth is there to be discovered. And if we learn to value what we have, perhaps we will find a way to keep it.
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DAVE GOULSON studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006 and was made 'Social Innovator of the Year' by the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council in 2010.Review:
"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
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Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 224101749
Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0224101749