On today’s show, our guest is Dave Goulson, a professor of biological sciences and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in the UK. Goulson recently wrote a memoir of sorts about a farm he bought in France, called A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm (Picador, April 2015). For the last decade, Goulson has been turning the farm into a bug-friendly wildflower meadow, and along the way he’s recorded what species live there and conducted experiments on them, too.

Music this hour:

  • Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within
  • Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar, from the album Tumbling Dishes Like Old-Man’s Wishes
  • “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov