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Bees make magic: an inspirational case for biodiversity

A review of A Buzz in the Meadow, by Dave Goulson. This bumble specialist narrates the lurid life histories of insects – and the devastating decline of the bee – with the enthusiasm of a young Gerald Durrell

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

13 September 2014

9:00 AM

A Buzz in the Meadow Dave Goulson

Cape, pp.288, £16.99, ISBN: 9780224101745

The importance of biodiversity, a handy concept that embraces diversity of eco-systems, species, genes and molecules, has been promoted for over three decades. Yet much life on Earth still faces unsustainable loss or extinction, perhaps because, as an otherwise upbeat Dave Goulson notes in A Buzz in the Meadow, ‘at a global level, conservation efforts so far have been a dismal failure’.

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