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A sting in the tale : my adventures with bumblebees

Author: Dave Goulson
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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One of the U.K.'s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the author 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. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired  Read more...
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Named Person: Dave Goulson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dave Goulson
ISBN: 9781250048370 1250048370
OCLC Number: 876466619
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxiv, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The short-haired bumblebee --
The bumblebee year --
The hot-blooded bumblebee --
A brief history of bees --
Finding the way home --
Comfrey and smelly feet --
Tasmanian devils --
Quinn and Toby the bumblebee sniffer dogs --
Bee wars --
Cuckoo bumblebees --
Bee enemies --
The birds and the bees --
Does size matter? --
Ketchup and Turkish immigrants --
Chez les bourdons --
A charity just for bumblebees --
Return of the queen --Common and Latin names of British bumblebees.
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One of the U.K.'s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the author 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. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes exclusive research into these curious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect it for all time. Here the author combines tales of a child's growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. 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 are to continue down this path.

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