A Buzz in the Meadow is a conservationist’s deeply personal reflection on owning and revitalizing a farm in rural France, but it is so much more. After a lifetime of studying bees, Dave Goulson documents his life and continued work as he renovates a derelict farm. Over the course of a decade on thirty-three acres of meadow he creates a paradise for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. Goulson has a rare ability to persuade you to go out into your garden or local park and observe nature. Not only is it a close-up look at a natural life in the bucolic French countryside, it is a wake-up call to us to cherish and protect life in all of its forms, to value what we have and find a way to preserve it.
Goulson’s 2014 release, A Sting in the Tale, the story of his lifetime of studying bees, was a powerful call to arms for nature lovers everywhere. It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best nonfiction book of the year, and debuted the already renowned conservationist’s ability to charm and educate.