Saving our Bumblebees

Saturday 24 June 2017
2pm - 3.30pm

The Talk

Bees and other pollinators are vital to our wellbeing: about one third of all the food we eat depends on the pollination services they provide. More broadly, natural ecosystems depend upon pollination: without it, most flowering plants would disappear and ecosystems would collapse. Hence we should be concerned that wild bees are in decline, with some species of bee having gone extinct.

Dave Goulson will explain the various reasons why they are declining, which include loss of flowers from the countryside, our accidental spreading of bee diseases, and our overuse of pesticides. He will then discuss the many ways that we can all help to ensure that all types of bees have a future.

The Speaker

Professor Dave Goulson was brought up in rural Shropshire, where he developed an early obsession with wildlife.  He lectured in biology for 11 years at the University of Southampton, and it was here that he began to study bumblebees in earnest. He has published more than 260 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. He is the author of Bumblebees; Their Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, and of the Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, a popular science book about bumble bees, published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape, and now translated into ten languages. This was followed by A Buzz in the Meadow in 2014. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 9,000 members. He was the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Social Innovator of the Year in 2010, was given the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013, and given the British Ecological Society Public Engagement Award in 2014. In 2015 he was named number 8 in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and their three boys.


All tickets for this talk are £5. This is in addition to your Museum admission ticket, which must be purchased separately (unless you are an Annual Member).

Customer Information

This talk starts at 2pm and is part of the Historic Gardens weekend.

Please note that this ticket does not include admission to the Museum. You can purchase your admission tickets separately in person on the day or online.

Book signings will take place at the end of the talk.



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