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The Diptera ("di-ptera" = two-winged) or "true flies" is the largest order of animals in the UK with around 7,000 known species and new ones being discovered every year. They are found in all habitats from the sea shore to mountain tops. Whilst some are agricultural pests or vectors of disease, the great majority are beneficial. They are extremely important as predators on other pests and diseases, as pollinators, as food for other animals and the immature stages of the bulk of the species are involved in the decay of organic matter and the recycling of material back into the soil.

Entomologists who specialise in these insects are "dipterists". In 1993, a group of people who wanted to find out more about every aspect of their lives, including the habitats they require, set up the Dipterists Forum. There is a great deal still to learn about flies. Mapping the distribution of some groups is a major achievement of the Dipterists Forum to date, but the immature stages of the majority of species are still unknown. Many species are becoming increasingly rare as a result of habitat loss and climate change.

Why not join the Dipterists Forum and help us find out more about flies? There is so much still to learn; we welcome beginners and there are always people who can help you out in the early stages. You donít need to be an expert, or even to leave your own garden, to contribute to our knowledge of these fascinating insects. Flies need your help! Read more ...

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Events Calendar for 2018-2019 for all interested in Flies

1-2 September (note changed date) Upland Diptera Recording Group meeting Carneddau (SH6864, VC49). Weather dependent. All welcome, if attending both days then arrange your own accommodation. Contact Sam Thomas sjthomasbotany@gmail.com or Matt Harrow matt.harrow@hotmail.com

6 October 2018 AES Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair, Kempton Park, London Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ, UK. DF will have a publicity stand and some nice flies on show plus publications for sale. See www.amentsoc.org 

13 October 2018, Sepsid Fly Identification, Tutor Steve Crellin  for World Museum Liverpool. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

27 October 2018 (note date changed) Identifying Flies with Patterned Wings (WM region).  Tutor Nigel Jones. An FSC  Biolinks Course. Location Preston Montford Field Studies Centre. See http://www.field-studies-council.org/in … urses.aspx

3 November 2018  BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. See http://www.benhs.org.uk  . Bring your best fly exhibits for the Diptera table.

3 November 2018, Cranefly Identification with Microscopes, Tutor Pete Boardman for World Museum Liverpool. For details see http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/

10 & 11 November 2018  DF AGM, Dipterists Day and Indoor Meeting. Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PB. See  http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk

25Ė30 November 2018.   9th International Congress of Dipterology  in Windhoek Namibia (note change of venue). See website : (http://icd9.co.za/)

1 December 2018 Discovering Diptera: Flies under the Microscope, Tutor Martin Harvey  - Epping Forest. Field Studies Council.


15 - 17 February 2019, DF Advanced Identification Workshop.  Families: Empidids and Hybotids. Tutored by Nigel Jones and Stephen Hewitt. Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury. Details & booking on FSC website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford  from mid October.

31 March 2019. Workshop on writing keys, led by Martin Ebejer, at Dinton Pastures. Details to follow. Expressions of interest to Tony Irwin (dr.tony.irwin@gmail.com).

Throughout the Year:

BENHS Dinton Pastures Open Days in the Pelham-Clinton Building, Hurst, Reading. Open 10:30-16:00 on second and fourth Sunday in each month except April to September when only on the second Sunday of each month (except for August when there are no Open Days). We encourage you to bring along your pinned flies and use the Diptera Collections and library for identification.  Other Dipterists are usually present meaning good chat and assistance with identifications may be possible. The grid reference for Dinton Pastures is SU 784718, turn left off the B3030 driving North from Winnersh. The site is about 15 minutes walk from Winnersh station, which has trains running on a half-hourly service from Reading and Waterloo. See: www.benhs.org.uk   

The Northants and Peterborough Diptera Group hold meetings every weekend from end of April until sometime in September/October. See:  northantsdiptera.blogspot.co.uk or contact John Showers on email: showersjohn@gmail.com

The Devon Fly Group will be holding regular field meetings throughout the year. Contact Martin Drake (01460 2206650, email: martindrake2@gmail.com).

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-08-01

Bulletin of the Dipterists Forum - send your contrib by 31st July

The deadline for your news, articles, book reviews, equipment tips, photos and observations for the bulletin is rushing up - get material  into Darwyn and myself by the 31st July. Drought and heat is accelerating all fly emergence near me; anybody else noticing a big change?  Don't forget your best fly photos. If you want to get one onto the front cover of the Bulletin, we need portrait not landscape. Judy

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 1 | Date Posted: 2018-07-09

Coul Links - Fonseca's seed fly - action please

Highland Council has approved the conversion to a golf course of part of Coul Links, an important site for Diptera including one of very few sites known for the endemic Fonseca's seedfly, Botanophila fonsecai.  They have chosen to disregard the national and international importance of the site for wildlife and the huge number of objections received, including from Scottish Natural Heritage, Buglife, RSPB and ourselves.  The last chance for the site is to persuade the Scottish Government to review and reverse the decision.  Please add your voice to the call from them do do this, by taking part in the petition at https://e-activist.com/page/25176/actio … d=Buglife.  Thanks! Robert Wolton, Chairman and Acting Conservation Officer, DF.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-07-06

Call out for Acroceridae

Hi Folks

I have recently recruited the entire British collection (one drawer!) of Acroceridae and so would like to make a little push for new records, specimens etc.

As such I have written a blog asking for help...

https://blog.nhm.ac.uk/2018/05/21/the-h … f-diptera/


Posted by Erica | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-05-21

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Please make sure that you put your initials and surname in the "Payment Reference" for any payments you make by standing order or direct transfer. We have received one or two payments without these details and it is virtually impossible to find out from whom they have come.

If you think you have paid DF in this way and do not receive the Spring Digest (yet to be published) or the Autumn Bulletin then please contact me or "Membership" with the date, amount and reference number of the transaction so that I can resolve the problem.

Posted by JohnShowers | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-04-12

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