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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 ...

Take a look at our new flier on ... flies!

Watch our new video for more about the Dipterist's Forum

Flies are fascinating: Dipterists forum from NINA CONSTABLE MEDIA on Vimeo.

JNCC withdraws support for Biological Recording

Their statement is at https://forums.nbn.org.uk/viewtopic.php … 800#p27800
This is a disturbing development. The entire biological recording infrastructure throughout the country relies on Recorder to some extent.
Whether you use this particular biological recording software application or not, please consider completing the consultation form at https://www.cognitoforms.com/SxBRC/Reco … nsultation you will be supporting others in Dipterists Forum and throughout the wider biological recording community.

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-14

Summer field meeting 2018 - dates

This meeting, based at Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, will be during the week commencing 23rd June, not in July as said in the recent edition of the Bulletin.  As Alan Stubbs says in the Bulletin (page 31), there are many different habitats and excellent sites within striking distance of Stoke-on-Trent.  I hope many members will wish to attend.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Saving Fonseca's seed fly

This fly, Botanophila fonsecai, is known only from Scotland.  One of its key sites, a sand dune system called Coul Links, is under severe threat from golf course development. Much other important wildlife is also at risk. 

If you have not already done so, please sign the petition at https://home.38degrees.org.uk/?s=Fonseca.

There is also a good video at  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XMVAPLdOC … =youtu.be. 

I shall be submitting a formal objection on behalf of the Dipterists Forum to the planning application.  If you wish to make a personal objection, you can do so at http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicat … GYIHH0I00.

The deadline is 17 November 2017.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Bursaries for 2018

The Dipterists Forum holds an annual weekend course at the Preston Montford field studies centre. These courses cover selected families of flies in detail, and the 2018 course will be on the Larger Brachycera (Soldierflies and related families) and the Anthomyiidae. It will take place on the 16th - 18th February. The Forum also has annual residential summer field meetings lasting for one week. These take place at various venues around the country, and the 2018 meeting will be based at Staffordshire University, Stoke in June.

We offer up to two bursaries for the Preston Montford course, and up to three for the summer field meeting. Each bursary covers half the total cost of the course or the meeting, including accommodation costs. If you would like to apply for a bursary please send your application by e-mail to the vice-chairman, Howard Bentley, jhowardbentley@gmail.com

Your application should say what you hope to gain from attending, how you would expect to contribute to the Forumís aims of the study, recording and conservation of Diptera, and why you would benefit from financial assistance. If you are currently involved in a research programme please include brief details. We will be looking for evidence of enthusiasm and interest in flies. Preference may be given to those who have not received a bursary previously. Applications should not exceed 300 words.

Applicants must be members of the Dipterists Forum. The closing dates for applications are: 30th November 2017 for Preston Montford; 28th February 2018 for the field meeting. If you would like further details of what is involved in these meetings please send a request to the e-mail address above.

Posted by Howard Bentley | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-01

Annual Meeting and AGM 25-26 November 2017

I've updated the programme that I posted 17 July. This is under "Forums / News / Annual Meeting and AGM 25-26 November 2017", under the 'last post' date 2017-07-17.

This also updates the programme in the autumn Bulletin as that version was sent to the editor in July.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-10-13

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