Protecting our bees and insects with Dave Goulson

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Protecting our bees and insects with Dave Goulson

Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex and is passionate about protecting bees and insects.

Dave Goulson - protecting bees and insects

In this episode, Dave covers:

  • His early interest in wildlife. [Starts at 1:55]
  • How his bumblebee research was prompted by observing their landing behaviour. [Starts at 3:52]
  • Bee investigations across the world. [Starts at 6:25]
  • Declining bee populations and habitat loss. [Starts at 9:50]
  • Sharing scientific findings. [Starts at 13:25]
  • Starting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. [Starts at 15:20]
  • Writing books and the challenges of engaging others. [Starts at 17:40]
  • Making a difference with wildlife gardening. [Starts at 23:00]
  • Latest book releases. [Starts at 28:40]
  • Weeds and perceptions of what green spaces should look like. [Starts at 30:05]
  • Top recommendations for protecting bees and insects: don’t use pesticides, plant bee-friendly flowers, don’t mow lawn too often, start a compost heap. [Starts at 36:58]
  • What the world looks like in 2050 – green, pesticide-free towns with flowering fruit trees and non-mown grass; locally grown food, in ways to promote soil diversity, encourage pollination and natural pests; less meat consumption. [Starts at 38:10]

Useful links

The Goulson Lab

Bumblebee Conservation Trust


Dave Goulson, The Garden Jungle

Published books

  • A Sting in the Tale (2013)
  • A Buzz in the Meadow (2014)
  • Bee Quest (2017)
  • The Garden Jungle (2019)
  • Gardening for Bumblebees (2021)
  • Silent Earth (2021)

How to connect




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