At last, a book which details each of the 275 British and
Irish bee species! This is a superb book, and a wonderful achievement!
The book provides all the general background you would expect from a book of this type, including habitat, classification, life cycle and conservation.
There is also a very useful ‘at a glance’ guide to bee genera and genus very early in the book, and a very useful glossary and key. We then get into the detail:
In terms of the tone of the book, I would describe is as being most appropriate for a student of ecology or entomology, or for seriously interested general enthusiasts who are prepared to wade through the scientific terms used to describe parts of the anatomy.
I also, in general, advise against pinning (killing) bees for the purpose of amateur study, and advocate against unnecessary killing even in the name of scientific study - after all, surely there are many collections, photographs etc available already? I am also alarmed at 'Citizen Science' projects that encourage members of the public to trap bees and kill them for a display board.
Steven Falk is an entomologist, invertebrate specialist and wildlife
artist. He is also the author of British
Hoverflies, and Warwickshire’s
He worked as an entomologist with
the Nature Conservancy Council, as Keeper of Natural History and then City
Ecologist at Coventry Museum, and spent 11 years as Senior Keeper of Natural
History at Warwickshire Museum. He worked for Buglife - the Invertebrate
Conservation Trust as their Entomologist and Invertebrate Specialist from 2012
In 2012 Steven was awarded the prestigious Royal Entomological Society/Marsh Award for Insect Conservation.
Richard Lewington is a celebrated wildlife artist, and you
can admire some of his beautiful bee-themed art which previously featured on
British postage stamps.
This book was originally on my Christmas list – I wanted the hard back version, but having taken yet more photographs this year, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer, and so I treated myself (to the paperback version). I’m glad I did! I find it an invaluable book that I has already helped me to identify quite a lot of bee species
So would I recommend this book? Definitely!
Field Guide to Bees Of Great Britain And Ireland - by Steven Falk is available from Amazon and other good book shops.
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