Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Sting In The Tale by Dave Goulson

A unique memoir composed of a Dave Goulson’s extensive knowledge and research into bumblebees. It records his subsequent journey to reintroduce the native short-haired bumblebee back into the UK after its declared extinction in the region.

A Sting In The Tale is a wonderful book brimming with information on bumblebees, nature, and history that illustrates how delicate ecosystems are. He manages to convey a large amount of information in a concise manner that comes across as engaging and personable. His love for wildlife is apparent through his narration and it’s enjoyable to emulate his perspective. 

Goulson’s focus in the book is mainly on the bumblebee populations of the UK but he also investigates New Zealand and France in addition to citing other countries. The book is organized into short chapters that cover a wide variety of topics concerning bumblebees. 

He also recounts humane experiments he conducted to investigate bumblebee behavior. I appreciate his candid openness about the success and failures of his trials. I was also impressed by Goulson’s respect and acknowledgment of science as a both an academic and community endeavor. 

I commend his approach in how he enthusiastically presents his experiences and research yet allows the reader to come to their own, now informed, conclusion on why nature conservation is so important. I also like how he literally demonstrated that ecosystems can regain strength and persevere if given time and encouragement.

A Sting In The Tale is an engaging and informative collection of Dave Goulson’s  research and experience with bumblebees.

[Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads]

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