A Sting in the Tale (The Birds and the Bees)

A Sting in the Tale (The Birds and the Bees)

Dave Goulson / Sep 21, 2019

A Sting in the Tale The Birds and the Bees Following in the footsteps of great nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin this fascinating book will alter the way we think about the bumblebee Dave Goulson became obsessed with w

  • Title: A Sting in the Tale (The Birds and the Bees)
  • Author: Dave Goulson
  • ISBN: 9781784871116
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following in the footsteps of great nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin, this fascinating book will alter the way we think about the bumblebee Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural Shropshire, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets When his interest turned to the anatomical there were evenFollowing in the footsteps of great nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin, this fascinating book will alter the way we think about the bumblebee Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural Shropshire, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets When his interest turned to the anatomical there were even some ill fated experiments with taxidermy But bees are where Goulson s true passion lies the humble bumblebee in particular Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short haired bumblebee now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century Dave Goulson s passionate quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes exclusive research into these mysterious creatures, history s relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations One of the UK s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines light hearted Gerald Durrell esque tales of a child s growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee He details the minutiae of life in the nest, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee population and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

    Sting Definition of Sting by Merriam Webster The bees will sting if you bother them The iodine will sting for a few minutes The cold rain stung my eyes The smoke made our eyes sting She was stung by their harsh criticism Noun When you get the shot, you ll feel a little sting His arm was covered with bee stings They were caught in a drug sting a sting operation by police Sting definition of sting by The Free Dictionary Sting is usually a verb Its past tense and ed participle is stung If a creature such as a bee, wasp, or scorpion stings you, it pricks your skin and pushes poison into your body Don t say that a mosquito or ant stings you You say that it bites you The past tense and ed participle of bite are bit and bitten. Sting Englishman In New York YouTube Jan , Music video by Sting performing Englishman In New York C AM Records. Sting operation The sting operation was known as Operation Lunar Eclipse and the participating agencies were NASA Office of Inspector General, the United States Postal Inspection Service and U.S Customs The moon rock was offered to the undercover agents for million. A sting in the tail Idioms by The Free Dictionary a sting in the tail BRITISH COMMON If something such as a remark or a plan has a sting in the tail, it seems good at first but contains an unpleasant part at the end Even the remark about Chomsky being arguably the most important intellectual alive had a sting in its tail. Wasp Sting Reaction Symptoms, Treatments, and Remedies The majority of people without sting allergies will show only minor symptoms during and after a wasp sting The initial sensations can include sharp pain or burning at the sting site Redness Sting Define Sting at Dictionary anything or an element in anything that wounds, pains, or irritates to feel the sting of defeat Death, where is thy sting capacity to wound or pain Satire has a sting a sharp stimulus or incitement driven by the sting of jealousy the sting of ambition. Scorpion Sting Treatment and Symptoms Scorpion stings are dangerous in parts of the world where access to medical care is restricted Death from scorpion stings is a public health problem in some parts of South America, Mexico

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      • Dave Goulson

        After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting bird s eggs, I studied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University Shortly afterwards I got a lectureship at University of Southampton, where I stayed for 11 years It was there that I began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation In 2006 I became Professor of Biology and Stirling University In 2006 I also founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines In 2013 I moved to Sussex University.I have published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and am author of Bumblebees Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation 2010, Oxford University Press and A Sting in the Tale 2013, Jonathan Cape , a popular science book about bumblebees A Buzz in the Meadow Jonathon Cape is due to be published in September 2014.I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh In 2010 I was BBSRC Social Innovator of the Year and in 2013 I won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Zoological Society of London.


    1. (Nearly 4.5) A wholly engaging tour through everything we know and are still trying to learn about bumblebees. I saw Goulson, founder of the UK’s Bumblebee Conservation Trust, speak at a nature conference in November and found him to be just as enthusiastic and well-informed in person. His occasional anthropomorphisms are unfailingly endearing: “gangs of males can often be seen clustered together, reminiscent of a group of men propping up the bar in a pub.” I also especially liked “Sex h [...]

    2. A marvelous little book about bumblebees! Non-fiction at its best, entertaining and thought provoking. I thought honey bees were important pollinators, but bumblebees are too. For example tomato plants are only pollinated by bumblebees. Until these were bred for commercial use in the 1990's or so, tomato plants were pollinated by hand - by humans! Sadly many bumblebees are on the verge of extinction due to invading species, disease and loss of habitat. The author knows his subject intimately and [...]

    3. Dieses Buch ist unglaublich toll. Bei Gelegenheit muss ich mal eine Rezi dazu schreiben, jetzt nur so viel:Mr. Bumble und Herr Hummel sind genauso begeistert wie ich ❤️image:

    4. If this were only a book about British bumblebees, I imagine it would have a fairly limited audience. Fortunately, it offers much more and shares some important insights about the dangers of tampering with the environment without a proper understanding of how all of the parts work together. The author also provides fascinating examples of doing experimental biology in both lab and field and fears not to give accounts of experiments that went seriously wrong. His message is simple and amply illus [...]

    5. Between 3.5/4An enlightening read about the nature and plight of (mostly) British bees and how important they are to us. Dave Goulson is clearly an expert on bees, and incredibly knowledgeable about a lot of other wildlife and insects, and this book is jam-packed with information he has garnered about bees and their behaviour throughout his academic career researching them across the UK and in New Zealand on various research trips with his PhD students. I have always been interested in bees, and [...]

    6. 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, and outlines some of the research projects that he has been doing on the populations of these bees, re-introduction programmes and other projects that his students have undertaken. He writes about a property that he bought in France, that he is turning the brass back into a wildlife m [...]

    7. Such a fascinating and interesting book about bumblebees. Learned new stuff that I hope will make me a bit less fearful from bees, because as mentioned in the book there are different types and they don't fly around looking for people to sting. I usually read a few lines from introductions/prologue and then skip it, but I highly enjoyed the prologue of this book. I think once we look at insects as creatures that aren't disgusting, we'll find that they're actually far more interesting than we thi [...]

    8. Efter fem sidor ville jag inte läsa mer, Goulson var så babblig och bredde ut sig alldeles för mycket med barndomsminnen och personliga upplevelser för att alls locka mig. Vilken tur att jag fortsatte läsa! Detta är informativt och vackert, han lotsar oss ledigt från 1800-tal på Nya Zeeland till Sverige idag. Och även när han fastnar i England så gör det inget, för det som gäller där gäller i mångt och mycket även här. Pollinatörerna har nämligen problem. När jordbruket fö [...]

    9. I love bumblebees, but I only liked this book. It was like listening to my dear old grandpop who would go off on tangents and while the asides were often amusing. what were we talking about? The best thing about the book is Goulson's obvious passion about bees and wildlife. I did learn a lot, but some of what I learned was't what I was hoping for. My favorite chapter was how he bought some land in France and has been steadily refashioning it into a wildflower/ bee sanctuary. That's what I'm stri [...]

    10. Djupt sympatiskt verk, alldeles uppenbart skriven med kärlek om kärlek till humlor. Det kommer vara med extra innerlig lycka jag möter vårens första humla detta år.

    11. I’m not a big fan of insects. If you know me personally, even a little, you’re probably laughing at the understatement there. So okay, the truth is that insects scare me silly. But so did disease at one point, and now look at me tearing through my degree and thinking of working in a lab to study infectious diseases… All through the power of reading enough about it to really pique my curiosity. So maybe I can do the same with insects, and hence this book. Not that bumblebees frighten me tha [...]

    12. We live on the side of a mountain and have a brook running close to the back door. On the opposite side of the brook is a steep hill where blackberry, raspberry, native honeysuckle, birch, apple, tamarack and maple grow. What we didn't know was that there was a bumble bee nest in the hill, also. An animal dug up the nest two weeks ago, while I was reading this book. Whatever dug up our nest was not a bear (the excavation was too small and it was too close to the house), so we couldn't figure out [...]

    13. BOTWBBC BLURB: 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 now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson shares exclusive research in [...]

    14. In kleurrijke plastic doosjes vingen we vlinders die rond de bloemen in onze tuin fladderden. Aan de rand van het bos groeven we potjes in de grond en lokten torren en kevers in de val. Sprinkhanen lieten we van onze handen springen terwijl we met de wantsen verstoppertje speelden. En op de hei hupten en hopten we met ons vangnetje achter krekels en libellen. Maar de bijen sloegen we terzij en voor de hommels doken we weg. Ik lees Een verhaal met een angel en ik vraag me af waarom. Vol passie en [...]

    15. A lot of BUZZ about this really interesting book telling the evolution and history of bees. Goulson's enthusiasm for the natural world and the life of bees is contagious. The book is true science and fact but it is written in a way that is warm and delightful: I frequently found myself wanting to put it down to go bird and bee-watching.Example; when talking about the sheer amount of energy/calories that bees burn through (they move their wings 200 times per second), he gives this analogy: It wou [...]

    16. 4.5/5I really, really liked this book! For some reason I was expecting it to be dry, but it wasn't. Dave Goulson is engaging, funny, and his love for bumblebees is contagious, probably.Bees are more related to their sisters than to their mums! WHAT. (Actual notes after I email my notes to myself.)

    17. This book was so good. I learned so much about bumblebees and felt like I could read out so much of the interesting facts that I learned from this book.

    18. I love all the amazing facts about the little cute bumblebee! <3 How the nature works is fantastic!The only minus is the extra facts like how to stuff dead birds or butterflies just weird.This summer I´m going to look after bumblebees and try see what species they are :)

    19. I received this book through a First Reads giveaway.Toward the end of this book the author talks about how, even with a plethora of scientific studies showing the decline of bumblebees and the potential negative impact of that decline, simply doing scientific studies isn't enough. You need to get the word out. You need to reach the people who can make a difference. As a result he founded a bee conservation society in Great Britain.I believe this book is also part of his attempt to get the word [...]

    20. Non-FictionAn entertaining and engrossing book about bumblebees -- and many other varieties of the 25,000 species of bees --. their vital place in Earth's eco system, packed full of facts from when bees first appeared on Earth, to in-hive battles to the death.Dave Goulson has dedicated his life to researching bees, and takes us along on his trips to Tasmania, New Zealand, France and Australia on his research trips in the field.His enthusiasm for his work shines through, keeping the reader smilin [...]

    21. What a terrific, engaging book! I loved this one, after I checked it out of the library pretty much on a whim. Dave Goulson is a bumblebee expert and this book is basically an introduction to the amazing world of the bees. So often I've ignored bumblebees in the wild, usually only interacting with them to swat them away, but this book gives a tremendous amount of insight into the science of these amazing creatures and the essential role they play in our environment. One such anecdote involves th [...]

    22. A dangerous book to read over dinner, given how frequently I laughed -- which is not what you might expect from a non-fiction book about Britain's bumblebees. Goulson's style is so engaging, though, that I was as entertained as I was educated.Though the focus is on bumblebees in the UK, the underlying theme is universal: that habitat destruction damages populations of creatures great and small, including some we typically only think about when a careless barefoot stroll leads to a sting. I had n [...]

    23. A Fascinating Exploration into the Plight of Bumblebees Laden with Interesting Insights into Ecology4.5/5Dave Goulson is a renowned ecologist and entomologist, and has published a large proportion of the decent scientific literature on bumblebees. Since setting up the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, helping to trial the reintroduction of the short-haired bumblebee into the UK and planting his own wildflower garden at his chateau in France, Goulson has many interesting stories to tell in his near-p [...]

    24. Wow. I really learned a lot about bumblebees and why they are disappearing. It's not mobile phone masts. They need wildflowers, apparently. Lupins, clover, lavender, that sort of thing. But the way we farm today seems to preclude meadows and hedgerows, and our gardens seem to have become parking spaces or expanses of decking.Dave Goulson comes across as an easy-going and very down to earth academic and guide, just as happy to talk about eating pies, buying a house and taxidermy as he is the bumb [...]

    25. Absolutely brilliant. Compelling. Enthralling. I didn't even LIKE bees before I read this, but Dave Goulson's passion for bees and everything to do with them is contagious - now I know if a bee were man-sized, it would burn off calories from a Mars Bar in under 30 seconds while flying. I know that bees are endangered because their natural habitats and foods are being systematically destroyed. I know about their life cycles. I know male bees can't sting. I know bee sisters are more closely relate [...]

    26. Якщо говорити про різні стилі науково-популярного тексту, то найбільше я люблю британський підхід до цього жанру. Дейв Голсон пише дуже цікаво і захоплююче. Навіть якщо вас ніколи не переймали джмелі, ця книжка не залишить вас байдужим!На відміну від американських авторів, [...]

    27. Note: I received a free review copy of this book after interviewing the author for an article on colony collapse disorder (the scientific term for the terrifying downward trend in the bumblebee population). Recommended for: People who like science, nature, or memoirs. (Yes, that's a lot of people. They should all read it.)My knowing Dave personally might add half a star to my rating. But I was pleasantly surprised by the book: It's a colorful memoir that encapsulates an entire scientific career [...]

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