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Action for Insects: averting the Insect Apocalypse – Professor Dave Goulson

15/05/2020 @ 19:00 - 20:30

Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, specialising in bee ecology. He has published more than 290 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. He is the author of several well acclaimed books such as Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale.

Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 12,000 members. Having won several awards for conservation he was named number 8 in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation. So we are honoured to be able to hear him talk on this most pressing of issues.

We are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction event, with extinctions occurring faster than at any time in the last 65 million years. Species abundance is in decline, with recent studies showing that insects in particular seem to be disappearing fast. If it continues, this will have profound consequences for mankind and for our planet.  Professor Goulson will explain why insects are declining and suggests how we should tackle this crisis, first by turning our gardens into oases for life, and second by fundamentally changing the way we grow food.

The video of this talk is below.


19:00 - 20:30