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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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Diptera Workshop at Preston Montford 2019

Bookings are now being taken by Field Studies Council.  Please see all the information on our new site to save duplicating it here.
https://www.dipterists.org.uk/events/di … tford-2019

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-11-25

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

It's that time again.  Bulletin editors Darwyn Sumner and I need your contributions to fill this magazine with interesting fly stories/discoveries/photos/equipment notes/book reviews....by December 31st deadline. If you have some stunning fly photos, would you like to see them in the mag? there are always odd holes to fill.  In particular we always are looking for a  great fly photo for the front cover - must be portrait, not landscape please. See info in the Bulletin as to how to contribute to make our jobs easier. Thanks!

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-11-22

AGM agenda and proposed committee members 10 Nov 2018



Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW

The Chairman will open the AGM at 14:15.

1    Apologies
2    Approval of the Minutes of the last AGM and matters arising (See Spring 2018 Bulletin 85, pp 35-38, for the Minutes of the 2017 AGM)
3    Chairmanís Report
4    Treasurer's Report
5    Dipterists Digest Editor's Report
6    A.O.B.
7    Vote of Thanks to retiring committee members and others
8    Election of Officers and ordinary members to committee

The Chairman is elected biennially. The Secretary, Treasurer and other Elected Officers with specific responsibilities (detailed below) require annual election.  The constitution currently requires nominations 30 days in advance of the AGM. Ordinary elected committee members serve for two years.

The Officers and Ordinary Members proposed for re-election or election this year, 2018, are as follows:

Officers                                       All for re-election
Chairman                                       Robert Wolton
Vice Chairman                               Howard Bentley
Secretary                                       Jane Hewitt (new committee member)
Treasurer                                       Phil Brighton
Membership Secretary                   John Showers
Indoor Meetings Secretary               Martin Drake
Bulletin Editor                               Darwyn Sumner
Assistant Bulletin Editor                   Judy Webb 
Digest Editor                                      Peter Chandler
Publicity Officer                       Erica McAlister
Website Manager                       Martin Harvey (succeeding Chris Raper)
Conservation Officer                   Vacancy
Training Coordinator (new post)       Matt Harrow (new committee member)
Ordinary Members                       For re-election (elected 2016)
                                              Stuart Ball
                                              Peter Boardman
                                              Victoria Burton
                                              Chris Raper
                                              Malcolm Smart 

                                              Already elected (elected 2017)
                                              Martin Harvey
                                              Tony Irwin
9.  Chairmanís thanks to hosts and formal closing of the Annual General Meeting.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-10-29

Bursaries for 2019

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 2019 course will be on the Empididae and Hybotidae. It will take place on the 15th-17th 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 2019 meeting will be based at Stirling University, Scotland on the 22nd-29th 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. Successful applicants will be expected to write a short account of their experience afterwards, and this will be published in the Forumís Bulletin.

Applicants must be members of the Dipterists Forum. The closing dates for applications are: 30th November 2018 for Preston Montford; 28th February 2019 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: 2018-10-28

Protection of Pollinators Bill

Please sign the petition to MPs to vote for the Protection of Pollinators Bill  to have B-Lines enshrined in government policy.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ … -for-bees.

https://www.buglife.org.uk/news-and-eve … nd-insects

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-10-12

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