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The Garden Jungle with Dave Goulson

Roots and All Podcast Episode 27 – The Garden Jungle with Professor Dave Goulson

This week I’m speaking to Dave Goulson, who is a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. Dave is also the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and author of three books, the most recent of which is The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet.

With the recent interest in wildlife gardens, we talk about how you can create a good environment for wildlife, but more importantly, how you can avoid actively harming the environment with your gardening habits.

About Dave Goulson

“After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting bird’s eggs, I studied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Shortly afterwards I got a lectureship at University of Southampton, where I stayed for 11 years. It was there that I began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation.

In 2006 I became Professor of Biology and Stirling University. In 2006 I also founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines. In 2013 I moved to Sussex University.

I have published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and am author of Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees and The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet (2019, Jonathan Cape).

I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2010 I was BBSRC “Social Innovator of the Year” and in 2013 I won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Zoological Society of London.”

What We Cover:

What you need to look out for when buying plants and seeds

Plants for wildlife

Native vs non-native plants

The effects of pesticides and fungicides on wildlife


The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet – Dave Goulson

A Sting in the Tale – Dave Goulson

A Buzz in the Meadow – Dave Goulson

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Follow Dave Goulson on Twitter – @DaveGoulson

RosyBee – Plants for bees

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