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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

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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: 0 | 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

Subscription payments by bank transfer

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

NFBR Conference 2018: Skill Development for Biological Recording

Details at http://www.field-studies-council.org/in … -2018.aspx
This is to be held at FSC's Preston Montford from 10th to 12th May and includes a visit to Brown Moss on the last day

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-03-16

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