Dave Goulson: books to inspire a love for our natural worldBy Vintage
Dave Goulson, bestselling author of The Garden Jungle, Bee Quest, A Buzz in the Meadow and A Sting in the Tale, shares his recommended reads that will inspire us all to appreciate and protect the beautiful world around us
Dave Goulson£16.99 £16.14
Bees are in trouble, and they need our help. I have a dream in which every garden is overflowing with bee-friendly flowers, and buzzing with bees and colourful butterflies. This is a practical guide intended to inspire everyone to make their gardens a little more wildlife-friendly.
Rachel Carson£10.99 £10.44
Published in 1962, three years before I was born, Silent Spring is as relevant now as when it was first written. In writing it, Rachel Carson alerted the world to the harm that pesticides were doing to our world, and helped to spawn the environmental movement.
Gerald Durrell£9.99 £9.49
I adored Gerald Durrell’s books as a child. I wanted to be him. This charming and very funny account of his own childhood growing up in Corfu brims over with Durrell’s love for the natural world.
Mark Cocker£9.99 £9.49
A passionate, eloquent account of the history of nature conservation in the UK, how we got to where we are, and how we might yet recreate a green and pleasant land that is brimming with life.
George Monbiot£10.99 £10.44
This book made me look at our countryside in a new way, and question our blind acceptance of the status quo. A fiercely critical look at our impoverished landscape, and a clear vision for a wilder future.
Isabella Tree£10.99 £10.44
The heart-warming and inspirational story of the author’s own rewilding project, on the Knepp estate in West Sussex. It captures the magic of a visit to the project itself, a place where wildlife now thrives unchecked, purple emperor butterflies soar in the tree tops, and nightingales can once more be heard singing.