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A Sting in the Tale (The Birds and the Bees)
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The Birds and the Bees series from Vintage Classics - beautiful editions of the finest British nature writing

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Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at University of Sussex. He has published more than 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers, The Garden Jungle and A Sting in the Tale, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 14,000 members. His awards include- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Social Innovator of the Year (2010); Zoological Society of London's Marsh Award for Conservation Biology (2013); the British Ecological Society Public Engagement Award (2014); Zoological Society of London's Clarivate Award for Communicating Zoology (2020). In 2015 he was named number 8 in BBC Wildlife Magazine's list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 he was named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thompson ISI. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a trustee of Pesticide Action Network, and an Ambassador for the UK Wildlife Trusts.

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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 * Literary Review *
A worthy book of the year. -- Mary Beard * 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 * 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 * Spectator *

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