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A Buzz in the Meadow [Format Kindle]

Dave Goulson

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Revue de presse

"Wonderfully entertaining. Engages the reader as much with the eloquence of its argument as with the charm of its humour" (Mark Cocker Mail on Sunday)

"Goulson writes with infectious enthusiasm. A lively and important read." (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)

"Had me exclaiming with delight. Goulson's book is juicy and delicious, layered with flavours and steeped in culture" (Daily Telegraph)

"Buy this book, give it as a present. It is required reading for being a human in the 21st century." (Matthew Cobb, professor of zoology at the Univerity of Manchester New Scientist)

"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." (Suzi Feay Financial Times)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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

‘Captivating’ Independent

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1188 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 284 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital (4 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0224101749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224101745
  • ASIN: B00K7ED5QK
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The wack-wack bird is calling – read this book, it is brilliant, wonderful and important! 15 octobre 2014
Par S. B. Kroeger - Publié sur
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'A Buzz in the Meadow' is a beautifully written book, equally entertaining, funny and captivating as it is intriguing, educative and eye-opening. It follows the immensely successful 'A Sting in the Tale', which was more focused on bumblebees, whereas 'A Buzz in the Meadow' tackles a range of additional creatures, whose importance and beauty is often overlooked.

The book has three parts to it - in the first one the author introduces some of the meadow’s (his little wildlife sanctuary's) various life forms, whose intricate relationships are explained in the second part of the book. The third part gives us an idea of the devastation that humans have caused (and are causing) ever since we have been walking the Earth. It also tackles the current debate regarding neoticotinoid pesticide use, linked to the author’s own experience and research.

Again Professor Goulson delivers a delightful number of hilarious anecdotes throughout the book, and tells us the story of his unfortunate pet axolotl (read it!) and his Argentinian horned toad, that underestimated the size of its dinner, just to name a couple. Amongst other things you will learn about Lucozade and ‘Glühwein’ for bees, male bat bugs stabbing individuals of the same species with their sharp pointy genitals, robot beetles, sexually transmitted diseases of plants, the elusive wack-wack bird and most importantly, that there are many more wonders of the natural world that are yet to be discovered and explained.

Dave Goulson has a very charming writing style that makes it truly difficult to stop reading once you start! One of his aims in writing this book is to inspire people to appreciate the smaller creatures that 'make the world go round'. 'A Buzz in the Meadow' is also intended as a wake-up call, because we are destroying our environment at an alarming rate. Life in all its forms is precious and should be cherished and protected. If you look closely enough, you will realise that every little creature has a story and is magnificent and fascinating in its own way. Read this book, enjoy it, learn from it and open your eyes to the beauty and wonders that surround us, you will not regret it!

I am very much looking forward to the sequel already! :-)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant. I have an ecology background so many concepts ... 8 novembre 2014
Par Joanna Buswell - Publié sur
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Brilliant. I have an ecology background so many concepts in this book were familar to me, but I still learned so much. And it was a joy to read, like reading a novel. I am very jealous of Dave's meadow.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A simple world of natural wonders. 21 mai 2015
Par Bob Walch - Publié sur
If you are interested in natural history in a setting that is easy to relate to you'll love this narrative. The author writes well and makes the subject interesting for everyone...not just those into insects and plants. You'll look at open areas close to your home differently after reading this book.
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