delightful, personal, scientific and funny
I can't imagine anyone who chose to read this book could give it less than 5*. Dave Goulson is passionate about bumblebees & all wildlife. He's a wonderful communicator, managing to pitch his writing to suit interested amateurs and scientists. We learn of his developing passion for wildlife starting as a small boy. How bumblebees live, their importance and the challenges to their survival is revealed through his observations and scientific study. How science works through experimental design is made fascinating, personal and funny.
Don't expect to be able to identify bumblebees. We're directed to resources for that. You will want to know how to encourage bumblebee survival. Reading the chapter on his developing flower meadow lead me to "A Buzz in the Meadow".
The only downside is the lack of photos. Maybe a new illustrated edition could follow?