Plymouth Green Book Club meeting
  • Room 403, Babbage Building, Plymouth University

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The Plymouth Green Book Club meeting this month will be discussing A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson with guest expert, Dr Mairi Knight, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Plymouth University.

In A Buzz in the Meadow, Dave Goulson tells how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France. Over the course of a decade, on 33 acres of meadow, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. But other creatures live there too, myriad insects of every kind, many of which Goulson had studied before in his career as a biologist. 

You'll learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, why butterflies have spots on their wings, and see how a real scientist actually conducts his experiments.

But this book is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life in all its forms. Goulson has that rare ability to persuade you to go out into your garden or local park and observe the natural world. The undiscovered glory that is life in all its forms is there to be discovered. And if we learn to value what we have, perhaps we will find a way to keep it.

There is an excellent chapter on the use of neonicotinoids, which will help inform those who wish to understand better the scientific research that has been taking place on their effects.

The conservationist's ability to charm and educate, and tell an absorbing story in his previous book, A Sting in the Tail, his account of a lifetime studying bees, are enjoyably present in A Buzz in the Meadow.

All are welcome to the meeting - it is not essential to have read the book to join in with the discussion.

There is disabled access to the building (please ring 01752 588400 if the ground floor is locked).

Please contact Alan Ramage ( for further information.

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About Plymouth Green Book Club

The Plymouth Green Book Club meets quarterly and is for people who know a little or a lot about the topics covered in the books, selected from suggestions made, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Reading the book under discussion is recommended but is not a requirement. Far better to come along and share your ideas and views on the topics covered even if you have been unable to read them.

The book club is not a campaigning group as such, but as a local Friends of the Earth initiative, it is hoped that people who are not already engaged in campaigning - nowadays usually done online through Avaaz, 38 Degrees, Friends of The Earth, WWF, Greenpeace and a wide range of other environmental and development organisations - will feel encouraged to add their voice to campaigns undertaken by the organisations they feel drawn to.

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