Big on Bees!

Bumblebees, their conservation, behaviour and decline are important research areas within the University of Stirling’s School of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Bumblebee survival is of increasing concern and Penelope Whitehorn, a Ph.D student in the School, has recently been discussing the threats to Bumblebee populations, see the BBC News website.

We have lots of information and resources for you to research this topic too. You can read a journal article co-authored by Penelope, ‘Impacts of inbreeding on bumblebee colony fitness under field conditions’ in STORRE. Various books about bumblebees and other bee species are available from the Library including Professor Dave Goulson‘s book, Bumblebees : their behaviour and ecology.

Bumblebee book
Bumblebee book

Dave Goulson is Head of School for the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences and also a trustee of the  Bumblebee Conservation Trust which has established a Bumblebee-friendly garden within Stirling University’s grounds! The trust has been voted Best Environment Project at the National Lottery Awards 2010. Congratulations!

Elizabeth Andrews

Subject Librarian