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Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse - An Evening with Dave Goulson

With insect populations in rapid decline, bestselling author and bumblebee specialist, Professor Dave Goulson, presents how we can tackle this crisis.

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Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse - An Evening with Dave Goulson
Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse - An Evening with Dave Goulson

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30 Mar 2023, 18:00

FarmED , Honeydale Farm, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse - An Evening with Dave Goulson

With insect populations in rapid decline, bestselling author and bumblebee specialist, Professor Dave Goulson, presents how we can tackle this crisis. 

About the evening:

FarmED is delighted to welcome Dave Goulson for an eye-opening and thought-provoking evening. Dave will reveal to us the shocking and potentially catastrophic decline of insect populations in recent decades, as documented in his recently published Silent Earth. Dave will also present us with ways in which we can tackle this crisis, first by turning our gardens and urban green spaces into oases for life, and second by fundamentally changing the way in which we grow our food.

There will be time for audience Q&A at the end of the evening, along with the opportunity to purchase Dave’s range of books from Jaffe & Neale who will be running a book stand.

Doors open at 6pm, the talk will begin at 6.30pm followed by audience Q&A

Drinks & copies of Dave Goulson’s books will be available to purchase on the evening

About Silent Earth:

Part love letter to the insect world, part elegy, part rousing manifesto for a greener planet, Dave Goulson's latest book, Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, is a call to arms for profound change – in government policy, agriculture, industry and in our own homes and gardens. Drawing on the latest ground-breaking research and a lifetime's study, Dave Goulson reveals the long decline of insect populations that has taken place in recent decades and its potential consequences. He passionately argues that we must all learn to love, respect and care for our six-legged friends.

Silent Earth has been shortlisted for The James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2022.

'Compelling, penetrating, devastating - Silent Earth is a wake-up call for the world. Dave Goulson matches science with eloquence and passion to spotlight the cataclysmic loss of insect life on our planet. Rachel Carson would be proud.' - Isabella Tree

'Our collective lack of understanding and shortsightedness has brought us to the brink of ecological disaster. We have disregarded the warnings for too long and simply cannot afford to ignore Dave Goulson's tremendously timely book.' - George McGavin

About Dave Goulson:

Dave, a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, specializes in bee ecology, behaviour and conservation. He also has an interest in pollinators and pollination more generally, and particularly in the sustainable management of pollinators in agro-ecosystems. In recent years he has become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees. He and his team are involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets.

His bestselling popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, has proved to be a great way to build popular interest in bees and their conservation. Since then he has published A Buzz in the Meadow (2014), Bee Quest (2017), The Garden Jungle (2019),  Gardening for Bumblebees (2021), and Silent Earth (2021).

Dave has also published more than 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects.

Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 12,000 members.

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