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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.

Dipterists Forum Spring Field Meeting 2017 - 25/5/2017 - 28/7/2017

This will be held in South Northamptonshire in the Nene Valley and Yardley Chase areas. Just a reminder that this event is imminent and if anyone wishes to attend they must let me know as access to some sites is controlled. Those people I know are staying in hotels have booked the TravelLodge at Round Spinney, Northampton. The two most relevant maps for the target areas are OS Explorer sheets 207 (for Yardley Chase and Salcey Forest) and 224 (for the Nene Valley sites). I may have to change the order of site visits at the last minute as there is a potential event at one site that will make it inaccessible whilst the event is on. I shall be sending out a briefing note to all participants by the middle of next week so if you do not hear from me by Thursday 18th please contact me.

Posted by JohnShowers | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-05-12

endemic flies gone extinct

Hi FOlks

is this story true? are there no insects/flies etc that qualify?

http://wildbritainmap.co.uk/ivells-sea- … xtinction/

Posted by Erica | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

NBN Atlas update April 2017

The Atlas replaced the Gateway at the beginning of this month. The NBN team are doing a terrific job trying to get it all running smoothly and many users are testing out the various systems and trying to fix issues.
If you are using the Atlas to search for Diptera records and perhaps not finding what you expected then the NBN's update at https://nbn.org.uk/news/nbn-atlas-updat … pril-2017/ gives the best clue as to what might be going on. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible, please be patient, everyone is working hard.

Do test out the Atlas via our own Dipterists Forum page at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp172 where you can view or download records from a number of our Field Weeks. There are two Recording Schemes listed on that page and you will find others at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp37 (Soldierflies' iRecords) and https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp127 (Tachinids).
Set them up as links in your browser so that you can watch the usage statistics soar - which they will if you download records yourself.

Many Diptera datasets are also listed on the BRC pages at https://registry.nbnatlas.org/public/show/dp77

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 1 | Date Posted: 2017-04-28

The Secret Life of Flies

Hi Folks

I have just published a light-hearted romp through the Diptera world called 'The Secret Life of Flies' (NHM publishing)

It is meant for a popular science audience - and ideally for all the non believers out there.

There are some errors -i keep finding them sad - but hopefully it is enjoyable and does have some pretty pictures!

And its cheap


Posted by Erica | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-04-06

NBN Atlas available for testing

I volunteered to help test the NBN Atlas and got the link today. It looks like a live link rather than a test link - https://nbnatlas.org/
They want me to test it, look for problems and come back to them with constructive comments (each problem I've to respond to using a separate form).
Closing date for comments is 15th March.
Have a go and let me know - email might be best

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 2 | Date Posted: 2017-03-08

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