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Thank You, Dave Goulson for writing this gem. Feb 01, Perri rated it really liked it. I love bumblebees, but I only liked this book. It was like listening to my dear old grandpop who would go off on tangents and while the asides were often amusing The best thing about the book is Goulson's obvious passion about bees and wildlife. I did learn a lot, but some of what I learned was't what I was hoping for. That's what I'm s I love bumblebees, but I only liked this book. That's what I'm striving for. If you have time and patience for what feels like a leisurely stroll through a fanciful UK countryside, listening to an expert in love with his work, this is the book for you.
Three and a half rounded up to 4 buzzing stars Super great and endearing science memoir - "This book will make you bee-conscious" in a fun and friendly way. Dave Goulson is both an expert and a charming author. The focus is Bumblebees genus: Bombus but a great many topics are traversed. Learned tangentially that "Dumbledore" is an old word for 'Bumblebee' JK Rowling imagined him walking around humming to himself.
Plus it sends the relatively simple message that we can help native species by shaping our gardens and farms and landscapes Super great and endearing science memoir - "This book will make you bee-conscious" in a fun and friendly way. Plus it sends the relatively simple message that we can help native species by shaping our gardens and farms and landscapes to support them e. Oct 12, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , science-fact. So okay, the truth is that insects scare me silly.
But so did disease at one point, and now look at me tearing through my degree and thinking of working in a lab to study infectious diseases… All through the power of reading enough about it to really pique my curiosity. So maybe I can do the same with insects, and hence this book. I could almost get excited about bees, through the eyes of Dave Goulson — and I could definitely get excited about his conservation goals and hopes. Also, you get to learn fun things like the fact that bees have smelly feet… Recommended!
Even if bees are not exactly your cup of honey-sweetened tea. And yes, yes, I know, bumblebees do not actually make honey. I did pay attention to that much, I promise.
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Reviewed for The Bibliophibian. Apr 28, Lex rated it really liked it. An approachable introduction to bumblebees and British wildlife conservation issues in general. Very charming and humorous at points. Written more like an autobiography than a science textbook, so if you're looking into reading something different this year, would recommend picking this book up. Mar 03, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: natural-history.
One man's adventure's studying bumblebees. A lovely read. Jun 27, Kate rated it liked it. View 2 comments. May 17, AdamV rated it really liked it. So comfy fellas, we gotta save the Bumblebees. We live on the side of a mountain and have a brook running close to the back door. On the opposite side of the brook is a steep hill where blackberry, raspberry, native honeysuckle, birch, apple, tamarack and maple grow. What we didn't know was that there was a bumble bee nest in the hill, also.
An animal dug up the nest two weeks ago, while I was reading this book. Whatever dug up our nest was not a bear the excavation was too small and it was too close to the house , so we couldn't figure out We live on the side of a mountain and have a brook running close to the back door. Whatever dug up our nest was not a bear the excavation was too small and it was too close to the house , so we couldn't figure out what it was. Because of this book, we now think it was raccoon. Goulson talks of how UK badgers love to dig up bee nests, but there are no badgers here. Badgers are related to weasels so we surmised our digger was weasel, mink or fisher cat.
But in another chapter, Goulson mentioned that UK weasels don't dig up nests. That left us with fisher cats, skunks or raccoons. Fisher cats won't come this close to the house unless desperate. Skunks have not lived here for years since the raccoons came. And talking to others, we have narrowed our thief down to raccoon. I have photographs of the ransacked nest but I hope the bees find a nest site there next year.
Now I understand their life cycle and how delicate the balance is between the bumble bees and our wildflower fields. I have learned how to encourage the succession of more of our wildflowers.
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I will follow the early queens that I see on our back road next spring as they search for a nesting site. I will take more time to sit and observe the comings and goings of the three native species of bumble bees that we have here. I want to learn to find nests. Goulson is a skillful writer. His narrative and descriptive writing are very engaging. I laughed and even cried at one point.
The forward to the book, describing Goulson's life when he was a boy, was the best part of the book. The saddest parts are those where he vividly compares that world to our world now, with devastated and fragmented habitats. I am so thankful to be able to live in a large rural area with bears, moose, bobcats, deer, turkeys and all manner of birds, fowl and invertebrates. I am blessed and will never take it for granted that this will last forever. It needs to be protected and cherished. There are already huge pressures on the land from development and a poor economy.
Read this book. It isn't technical or boring. It is engaging and you will be sorry that you reach the end. BOTW BBC BLURB: Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees. Dave Goulson shares exclusive research i BOTW BBC BLURB: Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees.
Dave Goulson shares exclusive research into these curious creatures, looks at history's relationship with the bumblebee and offers advice on how to protect it for all time.
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We'll also hear about bumblebee sniffer dogs, how bees navigate their way home and why you should remember these tiny furry friends next time you pour ketchup on your fish and chips. He details the minutiae of life in their nests, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and on the potential dangers if we continue down this path.
Sep 06, Renee rated it really liked it. A lot of BUZZ about this really interesting book telling the evolution and history of bees. Goulson's enthusiasm for the natural world and the life of bees is contagious. The book is true science and fact but it is written in a way that is warm and delightful: I frequently found myself wanting to put it down to go bird and bee-watching. I really enjoyed this author and his stinging wit sorry; I couldn't resist.
For some reason I was expecting it to be dry, but it wasn't. Dave Goulson is engaging, funny, and his love for bumblebees is contagious, probably. Bees are more related to their sisters than to their mums! Actual notes after I email my notes to myself. May 07, Amal El-Mohtar rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
Apr 22, Rach Denholm added it. This beautifully presented book was a gift from Dr Lucy, the researcher who assisted with the information collection. Before I met Lucy, I would have preferred to crawl over broken glass than to read a whole book about Bees. Goulson has a rare gift of combining outrageous humour, subtle wit, glorious detailed facts, and a remarkable literary ability, devising a highly entertaining and fascinating book, all about bees.
I had a wonderful week in Oxford and purchased too many books from Blackwells. This is the second non-fiction I have been delighted with see my reviews. Metal Exiles. Archived from the original on 19 April Retrieved 6 July Retrieved 20 October Retrieved 10 November Archived from the original on 27 March Retrieved 28 September Rovi Corporation.
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