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A sting in the tale

A sting in the tale

Goulson, Dave

Dave Goulson has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his ground-breaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees. Dave Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of

Book. English.
Published Vintage Books, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Dave Goulson
ISBN: 0099575124, 9780099575122
Physical Description: 256p.
Subject: Bumblebees Conservation.; Bumblebees Ecology.

Author note

Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He has spent the last 20 years studying bumblebees, and has published over 200 scientific articles on their biology. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006.A Sting in the Talewas published by Jonathan Cape in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.A Buzz in the Meadowwas published in 2014.


"[Goulson's] book is not only enormously informative, but also hugely entertaining: its light touch and constant humour make cutting-edge research a pleasure to read about. For anyone interested in the natural world, this is essential reading."
Independent||"Goulson reminds himself that he 'began studying bumblebees not because they are important pollinators but because they are fascinating, because they behave in interesting and mysterious ways, and because they are rather loveable.' It's worth readingA Sting in the Talefor the same reasons."
Literary Review||"A worthy book of the year."
Observer||"Goulson has plenty of wondrous biological stories to tell, as well as the tale of his own struggle to return the short-haired bumblebee to Britain."
Guardian||"This isn't one of those natural science books that simply tells you things - it admits how much we don't know."