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Try our NEW WEBSITE: https://www.dipterists.org.uk/


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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Bursaries for 2020

The Dipterists Forum holds an annual weekend course at the Preston Montford field studies centre near Shrewsbury. These courses cover selected families of flies in detail, and the 2020 course will be about flies with patterned wings, including the Tephritidae, Ulidiidae, Pallopteridae and Opomyzidae. It will take place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February. Running simultaneously with this will be a beginnersí course on hoverflies (Syrphidae).
The Forum also has annual residential summer field meetings lasting for one week. These take place at various venues around the country, and the 2020 meeting is expected to be based in Falmouth from the 27th of June to the 4th of July. Attendees spend their days in the field collecting and observing flies, and evenings in a laboratory where they can identify their catches alongside other dipterists. Beginners are made very welcome and can gain valuable knowledge from more experienced members.

We offer up to two bursaries for the Preston Montford course and three for the summer field meeting. Each bursary covers half the total cost including accommodation costs. If you would like to apply for a bursary please send your application by e-mail to 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: Friday 29th November 2019 for Preston Montford; Friday 27th March 2020 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: 2019-07-16

Bulletin of the Dipterists Forum - contributions by July 31st

The deadline for the next issue of the Bulletin is rapidly approaching.
Please give some thought to any contributions you can make that our readership will enjoy.
It's a key issue regarding both our 25th Anniversary and needs a summary of all the Year of the Fly blogs
Rob Wolton has sent out a call for items related to his conservation items. Roy Crossley has done a jolly item related to his being the first Chair - 25 years ago. David Iliffe already has a 10 page Hoverfly Newsletter, Alan Outen has improved our image library by around 400 and others are working on other themes.
I've been working on several topics for some time, notably photo-sharing sites (e.g. Flickr), Scratchpads and a feature on saproxylic Diptera.
The review section is a handy place for a short piece - I'm doing Guy Shrubsole's "Who owns England" but you must have read something relevant - even an old book would be of interest, remember we're getting new members all the time who don't know about this stuff.
A summary of social media topics would be very handy to have.

Don't forget to put the phrase "DF Bulletin" in the title line to your email - my filter then helps me not lose stuff. Also make sure you send it to Judy Webb too, she finds stuff that I do lose.


Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2019-07-07

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:

"Amandaís 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 youíll all be able to join us to celebrate Amandaís 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 Georgeís Hospital Oncology Department. We will be collecting donations by cash or cheque on the day. Cheques should be made payable to St Georgeís Hospital Charity.

Friday February 1st
11.30 am Ė 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

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