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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 don’t 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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Watch our new video for more about the Dipterist's Forum

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

International Year of the Fly 2019

There are some details of DF's contribution to the International Year of the Fly 2019 on the new DF web site at-

The international site is at-

Posted by KenMerrifield | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-05-09

DF spring meeting, 17 - 19 May 2019, West Sussex

Please visit our new website for information about this event.  https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/di … est-sussex

Information on our summer field meeting, 22- 29 June can be found at https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/di … l-scotland

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-02-19

Amanda Morgan

Very sadly Amanda died on 23 January after a long illness.  Amanda was an enthusiastic and active supporter of our society for many years and served superbly as our Secretary between 2014 and 2018.  She will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts must be with Peter, Charlie and James.  They write:

"Amanda’s funeral will be held on Friday, February 1st .

Amanda will be cremated early in the day, followed by the memorial service which we invite you all to attend. The memorial service will be at Middleton Village Hall at 11.30 am, and there will then be a wake at the Bell Inn, a ten minute walk from Village Hall. We hope that you’ll all be able to join us to celebrate Amanda’s life, and to say goodbye to her. More detailed information about the day can be found below as well as transport we are organising from London.

We would especially like people to stay for the wake at the Bell and for people to be able to have a drink, chat and remember Amanda. With that in mind, we will be organising coaches to take people to and from London (the pick up point will be at Cedarville Gardens, Streatham). If you would like to come on the coach please email Caroline Starkey at caroline.starkey@live.co.uk
We will need to know numbers for the coach booking, so please let Caroline know this weekend.

If you are driving there is limited parking available at the Village Hall but plenty of parking at The Bell.

Amanda asked for no flowers to be sent on the day of the funeral but for any donations in her memory to be made to St George’s Hospital Oncology Department. We will be collecting donations by cash or cheque on the day. Cheques should be made payable to St George’s Hospital Charity.

Friday February 1st
11.30 am – 1 pm
Middleton Village Hall
Mill Street
Suffolk IP17 3NG
Wear what you feel is appropriate. Black not necessary.

Friday February 1st
1 pm onwards
The Bell Inn
The Street,
Suffolk IP17 3NN
Coach leaving for London at approximately 6pm
Food will be provided."

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-01-26

Annual Dipterists Forum Meeting, 9-10 November 2019

We return to Cardiff Museum after several year's absence.  The format of the weekend will follow the traditional format of several talks on Saturday, the AGM after lunch, maybe another talk, then plenty of time for chat and exhibits.  I still have to organise the Sunday workshop, but the other activity for Sunday is viewing the extensive Diptera collection.  So far four speakers have agreed to talk, and I'll post more details later when the programme is looking more complete.  The event will start at 10.30 on Saturday.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-01-23

Events Calendar for 2019 for all interested in Flies

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 

02 March 2019,  BENHS workshop ‘An introduction to Craneflies’ with Pete Boardman at Dinton Pastures . see http://www.benhs.org.uk/event/introduct … tipulidae/

02 March 2019 Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair, 10:30-4pm. A host of recording societies will be in attendance raising awareness of invertebrate conservation and recording. The event is very family friendly with most stalls being interactive including learning how to identify flies and other insects. Also, indoor pond dipping, artificial rot hole pond dipping, children's book readings of 'Little Worm's adventures'. There is also a series of talks throughout the day. Cafe on site, free entry and free parking. The event is on facebook https://www.facebook.com/staffsbugfest/  and twitter @sisf_2019  Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus, ST4 2DF. 

16 March 2019 BENHS weekend training workshop ‘An introduction to parasitic flies’ with Chris Raper and Matt Smith at Dinton Pastures. Details: https://www.amentsoc.org/events/listings/0967/

30th March 2019: BENHS Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address. It is hoped this can be at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. See www.benhs.org.uk

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

22-29 June DF Summer Field meeting to Central Scotland based at Stirling. Cost £342 for the week. Book through the DF website.

06 July 2019 Picture Wing Flies identification workshop. Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants.   Ring Haw Field Station, Yarwell, Northants. https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/pi … n-workshop

4 October 2019 Tanyptera Project workshop ‘Advanced Mosquito Identification’ with Thom Dallimore. World Museum Liverpool, L3 8EW. See http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/ for further details.

18 October 2019 Tanyptera Project workshop ‘An Introduction to the Identification of Dolichopodidae Flies’ with Martin Drake. World Museum Liverpool. See http://www.northwestinvertebrates.org.u … workshops/ for further details.

12 October 2019 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 https://www.amentsoc.org/events/exhibitions.html 

2 November 2019  BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL , from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm.. See http://www.benhs.org.uk/event/annual-exhibition-2019/ (The AES page says 6 October, but previously on a Saturday)  Bring your best fly exhibits for the Diptera table.

9 & 10 November 2019  DF AGM, Dipterists Day and Indoor Meeting. Cardiff Museum. Details TBA.
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: 2018-12-28

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