A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees (Paperback)
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A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 24/04/2014
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Full of dry wit and fascinating information, Goulson’s infectiously enthusiastic book follows the author’s passionate quest to reintroduce the short-haired bumblebee to his native Kent.

One man's quest to save the bumblebee...

Dave Goulson 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 is now extinct in the UK, but still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, descended from a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century.

A Sting in the Tale tells the story of Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land and contains groundbreaking research into these curious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee, the disastrous effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099575122
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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'[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.' - Michael McCarthy, 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 reading A Sting in the Tale for the same reasons.' - Hannah Rosefield, The Literary Review 

'A worthy book of the year.' - Mary Beard, The 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.' - Patrick Barkham, The Guardian 

'This isn't one of those natural science books that simply tells you things - it admits how much we don't know.' - Mark Mason, The Spectator

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“A Delightful little Book”

This is delightful little book about the bumblebee, written by Goulson, one of the few people who are experts on this amazing insect.

In the book he explains about the different species that we have in this country,... More

Hardback edition
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“The Humble Bumblebee”

This was such an unexpected pleasure and instilled a new love for bees that I really wasn't expecting! I am one of those wary sorts that steer clear of buzzing things (or just run miles if it is a wasp). I picked... More

Paperback edition
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“A charming insight into the world of the bee...”

This book is easy to follow, and filled with plenty of personal stories and interesting information. I enjoyed learning all about the ins and outs of the beehive, and how the demise of the bumblebee is really quite a... More

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