By Dave Goulson

A FACINATING go back and forth MEMOIR that would modify how you take into consideration THE BUMBLEBEE

Dave Goulson grew to become passionate about flora and fauna as a small boy growing to be up in rural Shropshire, beginning with an more and more unique menagerie of pets. whilst his curiosity became to the anatomical, there have been even a few ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. yet bumblebees are the place Goulson's real ardour lies.
His passionate quest to reintroduce the bumblebee to its place of birth is among the highlights of a ebook that comes with specific learn into those mysterious creatures, history's dating with the bumblebee, and recommendation on the way to guard the bumblebee for destiny generations.
one of many United Kingdom's most dear conservationists and the founding father of the Bumblebee Conservation belief, Goulson combines light-hearted stories of a kid's turning out to be ardour for nature with a deep perception into the the most important significance of the bumblebee. He info the trivialities of lifestyles within the nest, sharing attention-grabbing examine into the consequences extensive farming has had on our bee inhabitants and the capability risks if we're to proceed down this path.

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