Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

Chelsea Green. Sept. 2019. 304p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781603588485. $24.95. NAT HIST
Stunned to realize she knows more about the French Revolution than the natural world around her, Howard resolves to rectify the situation by specializing in the study of bees. In her home garden, at her allotment, and in different wild areas of Great Britain, including the Outer Hebrides, the author observes the mating, nesting, and foraging behaviors of her favorites—bumblebees and solitary bees. She expands on her knowledge by using identification guides, reading books and scientific papers, and consulting bee experts, sharing here her observations about their lives, ecology, and the plants that attract them in this fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of nature in Great Britain. Interwoven throughout is information about Howard’s life, plants, other pollinators, and birds, as Howard expertly advocates for bees.
VERDICT This satisfying memoir of a woman’s reawakening to the importance of nature in her life will appeal to fans of natural history memoirs, bees, the natural world, or ecology, as well as those who enjoyed Dave Goulson’s A Sting in the Tale and Meredith May’s The Honey Bus.

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