Dancing with Bees

Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature by Brigit Strawbridge Howard tells the story of one woman and her discovery of the large and fascinating world of bees.

There are 20,000 species of bees in the world, only a handful being honeybees. Each species has its own size and shape, it’s feeding habits, its own nesting habits and life cycle peculiarities. In short, Howard introduces us to the fact that bees can be an endless source of knowledge and delight when you allow curiosity to pull you into their world.

Dancing with Bees is both memoir and science guidebook as Howard tells us how she came to love the study of bees, how she cultivates a bee habitat, how her curiosity leads to serendipitous nature discoveries and what the world of bees involves. By the time you reach the end of this book you will have gained a rudimentary knowledge of the bee world and be ready to start exploring your local habitat for evidences of the large and varied bee population it may contain.

This book is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the important part bees play in our food supply because of their pollination skills, and gives practical things each of us can do to help make our spaces more attractive and healthier for bees. The book is also enjoyable as a memoir and a peak into one person’s relationship with the nature around her.

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