A hunt for the most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from the Salisbury plains to the Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.This utterly charming book will also iA hunt for the most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from the Salisbury plains to the Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.This utterly charming book will also inspire you to think about the ways in which we are all responsible for the future of our world Through his scientific expertise and passion for conservation, Goulson shows us nature s resilience against the odds, and that beauty hides in the most surprising places.
Bee Quest A hunt for the most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from the Salisbury plains to the Sussex hedgerows from Poland to Patagonia Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasin
Goulson grows more like Bill Bryson and Gerald Durrell with each book. You could hardly find better mentors for writing travel/nature narratives, after all. Although the topic of this third book is probably of the least personal interest to me, there are plenty of wonderful asides and pieces of trivia that make it worth journeying along with him everywhere from Poland to Ecuador in the search for rare bees.For as close-up as his view often is, he also sees the big picture of environmental degrad [...]
This is a wonderful little book on Dave Goulson's favorit subject: bumblebees. Dave is fantastically knowledgable and also incredibly funny. Some of the subject matter here is quite sad, so it's a relief that it's lightened up along the way.Dave is on the hunt for rare bumblebees. He discusses habitat losses and habitat finds in the UK. There are some surprising places left to wildlife still, although not many. In South America, Dave looks for a large golden bumblebee. Sadly, the South American [...]
There is nothing better than sitting in the garden in summer sun with a glass of something cold, watching the bees buzz between flowers. The honey bee moves quickly collecting nectar, and then there are the bumble bees. They look like they shouldn’t be able to fly as they float lazily between the flowers. I thought that there were only one or two species of bumble bee, but it turns out there are many more than that. The question is how many are left, and how many could self-confessed insect nu [...]
A really well written look at the state of the environment and the UK and various other countries around the world. I say 'the environment' as Dave Goulson, whilst his primary interest is bees, has an obvious interest in all wildlife, making this a fairly expansive view. The occasional bee fact or detail by no means overwhelms the general narrative, as Dave manages to intersperse it with excellent humour, and great story telling. The general plight of insects etc. covered in the book does make f [...]
I liked it. A really interesting read that moved along at a nice pace. There was ALOT of facts that I never knew about Bees, some were really interesting some not so much. I would recommend this only to someone who already had an interest in Bees and there habits.
David Goulson neemt de lezer in dit boek mee in zijn zoektocht naar hommels. Hij bezoekt daarbij verschillende plaatsen over de hele wereld. Onder andere Engeland, Polen, Argentinië, Californië en Ecuador. Het boek is ingedeeld in een zeer uitgebreide proloog waarin de auteur beschrijft hoe belangrijk het is om in je jeugd de kans te krijgen de natuur te ontdekken. Iets waar hij de kans voor heeft gekregen en waar zijn liefde voor de hommel door ontstaan is.Vervolgens bevat het boek 8 hoofdstu [...]
I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in the natural world, and I am not just talking about exotic creatures in far-flung locations but the unsung bugs struggling to live just outside your door. Dave Goulson immediately took me back to the joyful days as a kid, getting mucky in the garden in the quest to catch woodlice, crickets anything I could capture in an old ice-cream tub, to then accidentally unleash in the house. Sorry, mum! It must have been those moments in [...]
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*What a simply wonderful and beautiful book! It is such a beautiful book, the simple colours and high quality feel made it a real treat to hold and read. The story is wonderful and compelling. Dave travels all over the world in search of fascinating insects and keen to understand their habitat and why in many regions they are declining and how best to conserve them. When you read this book you feel you go o [...]
Conservation and bee huntingThis third popular bumblebee science book looks at wild bees in their environments, from unpromising brownfield sites to equatorial rain forests. It's written in Dave Goulson's engaging style. As well as the hunts for rare bees, successful and unsuccessful, we're informed on political aspects of conservation in ways to make us rethink the notion that our countryside and its diversity means agriculture. Small changes in food production methods can lead to an increase i [...]
It's a very honest book from a nature loving person that surpasses the main theme of bees and encompasses far larger topics of nature in general, its current state and our role in it. A thought-provoking and well written book with an occasional typically British self-irony of the author. An enjoyable read I recommend anyone to get acquainted with, regardless of their interest in entomology or nature.
Hoe de mens door zijn onberedeneerd ingrijpen in de natuur veel kapot maakt.Het uitzetten van één Europese hommelsoort in Zuid-Amerika leidde tot het uitsterven van 26 inheemse hommelsoorten.Om echt van dit goed geschreven boek te genieten moet je entomoloog zijn.Vandaar slechts één ster.
Bee not happy.
Goed geschreven en vlot leesbaar. Sterke observaties. Nooit vervelende natuurbeschrijvingenet me denken aan W.G. Sebald.
De vlucht van de hommel – Dave GoulsonVorig jaar was ik aanwezig bij een lezing van Dave Goulson. Een aardige man, goede verteller en gepassioneerd wetenschapper. Wat hij vertelde over de stand van de biodiversiteit in de wereld was voor mij nieuw en ook schokkend. Er is al zoveel verdwenen! Dit nieuwe bewustzijn maakt dat ik meer wil lezen over deze ontwikkelingen. In De vlucht van de hommel weet Goulson zijn kracht als verteller ook op papier vorm te geven. De vlucht van de hommel leest als [...]
A lovely read. I found myself reading this in the evenings to relax me. The well written journey across the globe in search of our dear friends, the bumblebees. Each chapter contains a different place where the author visits in search of rare species (not always bumblebees) and to lightly investigate why their numbers are falling.