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On Monday 4th March 2019 the Natural History Section of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society held a joint meeting with the parent society consisting of an illustrated lecture by Professor Dave Goulson of Sussex University on the subject of "Saving Bumblebees". Dave Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, has published more than 260 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects and written three bestseller books. He started by talking about bees in general and then talked about the challenges facing insects. It has to be said that in spite of the excellent slides, this section of the talk was quite bleak, so he finished the evening by trying to encourage people not to give up and to take practical steps towards insect conservation in their own lives.
I was a pleasure to see the Main Art Gallery at the Leicester New Walk Museum packed out of the doors (literally standing room only, with people demeanding the piano stool from the stage to sit on) with people, many of who don't ordinarily give much thought to insects, so kudos to the Natural History Section for arranging for this charismatic speaker to visit Leicestershire. All we have to do now is to put his vision into reality.
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