From the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale
In 2003 Dave Goulson bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow. Over the course of a decade, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive along with myriad insects of every kind.
In this book you will learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, about the importance of houseflies, why butterflies have spots on their wings, about dragonfly sex, bed-bugs and wasps. But it is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life on earth in all its forms. A Buzz in the Meadow is a captivating look at our natural world and a call to arms for nature-lovers everywhere.
‘Glorious’ The Times
Wonderfully entertaining… Engages the reader as much with the eloquence of its argument as with the charm of its humour
Goulson writes with infectious enthusiasm… A lively and important read.
Had me exclaiming with delight… Goulson’s book is juicy and delicious, layered with flavours and steeped in culture
Buy this book, give it as a present. It is required reading for being a human in the 21st century.
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.