Winter Lecture 2023: 'Silent Earth: Saving our Insects'

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum's Winter Lectures are back for 2023, with five thought-provoking expert talks.

Third in the series, is Professor of Biology, best-selling author and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dave Goulson.

The talk will be held in person at the Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and tickets include a complimentary drink after the event. Doors open at 6.40pm, with the talk starting promptly at 7.00pm.

Dave's talk will explore the world of insects, showcasing how vital, fascinating and weirdly wonderful they are. He'll explore their role as food, pollinators and pest controllers, whilst arguing why we should be so deeply concered about their rapid decline. Dave will explain the many causes of insect decline, and then turn to the solutions of this crisis. These include fundamentally changing the way we grow food, by rewilding some areas, and by turning our gardens and urban greenspaces into oases for life.

Dave Goulson is a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, specialising in bee ecology. He has published more than 350 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of insects, plus seven books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers 'A Sting in the Tale' (2013), 'The Garden Jungle' (2019), and 'Silent Earth' (2021). In 2006, he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a charity which has grown to 12,000 members and in 2015, he was named number 9 in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation. He is an Ambassador for the UK Wildlife Trusts and president of Pesticide Free Scotland.


The Winter Lecture series runs from January 19th - March 9th 2023:

  • Thursday 19th January, Sarah Eberle, 'Design for Impact at RHS Chelsea Flower Show'
  • Thursday 2nd February, Chris Thorogood, 'Chasing Plants'
  • Thursday 16th February, surprise Special Guest to be announced
  • Thursday 2nd March, Dave Goulson, 'Silent Earth: Saving our Insects'
  • Thursday 9th March, Naoko Abe, 'Saving the Blossom: 'Cherry' Ingram and his rich legacy'