Bee ecologist and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Dave Goulson will share his expertise on sustainability at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Blackburn in January (January 22 until 25, 2023).

The Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex will speak about the importance of ecology, and the impact insects and bees have on the environment on Tuesday, January 24.

Tammy Woodhouse, GCA Chairman, explains: "It's great news that Dave Goulson will be joining us at our conference on Tuesday. As an industry and as individuals, we're fully invested in our role to protect the planet and are aware of how sustainability and ecology impact us across all levels of our lives."

"We know he'll be a real inspiration to our members, helping them to think more about the issues we're facing and how we can change behaviors to combat loss of species and climate change and how all this contributes to shaping the future of members' businesses too."

"He has published more than 300 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects, as well as seven books, including the Sunday Times' bestsellers' A Sting in the Tale' in 2013, 'The Garden Jungle' in 2019 and 'Silent Earth,' which was released earlier this year in August."

Dave founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity that highlights the importance of conserving all UK bumblebees and helps educate and raise awareness and understanding of the social, environmental, and economic benefits they provide for our planet. Since its inception, it has grown to 12,000 members.

In 2015, he was named number eight in BBC Wildlife Magazine's list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation and has been recognized for his ongoing research. In each year from 2018-2022, he was named as a 'Highly Cited Researcher' by Thompson ISI.

Dave is also President of Pesticide Free Scotland and an Ambassador for the UK Wildlife Trusts.

Tammy adds: "Sustainability and our environment have never been more crucial, so we're delighted that Dave will be building on our members' awareness of the subject in January with his expertise and insights."

For more information:
Garden Centre Association
01244 952170