There is considerable controversy surrounding the harm that neonicotinoid insecticides may be doing to bee populations. We are in the middle of a 2 year EU moratorium on their use, but the UK Government and NFU are strongly opposed to this. Dave Goulson will describe the scientific evidence, with a particular focus on bumblebees. He will also discuss wider issues surrounding ongoing biodiversity loss in farmland, and the future of farming.
Professor Dave Goulson was brought up in rural Shropshire, where he developed an early obsession with wildlife. He received his bachelorâ€™s degree in biology from Oxford, and a doctorate on butterfly ecology from Oxford Brookes. He lectured in biology for 11 years at the University of Southampton where he began to study bumblebees in earnest. Subsequently he moved to Stirling University then to Sussex in 2013.
He is the author of Bumblebees; Their Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation published in 2010, and of the Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, a popular science book about bumble bees, published in 2013, and now translated into German, Dutch and Danish. This was followed by A Buzz in the Meadow in 2014. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006.