- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st Edition edition (4 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224101749
- ISBN-13: 978-0224101745
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Buzz in the Meadow Hardcover – 4 Sep 2014
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"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)
A fascinating look at the insect world found in one field in France - and how important that world is to all of us.See all Product description
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Not only was his way of describing the insects and their habitats wonderful, it was light and funny, and at times a little sad. This is the follow on from his book on bumblebees - where he builds a sanctuary for insect based wildlife in a village in the South of France. Very good, even if you don't like bugs, it's hard not to after reading Mr. Goulson's books. His enthusiasm is infectious, and his snippets about country life are brilliant.
Loved the book!
Dave Goulson is passionate about bumblebees and wildlife in general. He conveys this in his writing, which to me is reminiscent of Gerald Durrell and Bill Bryson. He makes it personal by taking us through his developing childhood interest, through his academic studies to his project in rural France. He talks affectionately about people he's worked with, describing their quirks alongside their passion and tenacity.
His insights into the way science works is fascinating, both for scientists and others. His writing is widely accessible, unlike other "popular science" writing which is often unsatisfactory to either the lay person or to fellow scientists.
Don't expect to come to the end with an ability to recognise any species of bumblebee. He directs us to other resources for that. However some photos would have been good, not just of the bees but of the characters and landscapes he describes. What you can expect to come away with it a greater understanding of the importance of bumblebees and a desire to read "A Buzz in the Meadow".
The meadow in the title is almost incidental, but it does give Goulson the opportunity to delight us with the trials and tribulations of restoring his rural French retreat. By the end I had enjoyed the warmth of the summer sun upon his wild flower meadow, heard the tapping of the death-watch beetle and discovered the identity of the mysterious 'wack-wack'.
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