At last, a book which details each of the 275 British and
Irish bee species!
This is a superb book, and a wonderful achievement!
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.
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:
Readers will soon find there is
so much to learn about these important pollinators – to be fair, they receive
little attention, and may even be wrongly mistaken for flies (or even wasps). It’s only by first acknowledging, then learning
about the different solitary species, that we can take positive action to help
them where we can, by providing habitat and foraging opportunities where
possible, and lobbying to protect sites of specific importance. For this to be the case, awareness needs to
spread more widely.
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.
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!
Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland is available from Amazon and other book stores.
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