A picture from members photo gallery

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 ...

AGM 2014



1    Apologies
2    Approval of the Minutes of the last AGM and matters arising
               (See Spring 2014 Bulletin 77, pp 29-31, for the Minutes of the 2013 AGM)
3    Secretary's Report
4    Treasurer's Report
5    Dipterists Digest Editor's Report
6    Amendment to Constitution to accommodate local Diptera groups
7    A.O.B.
8    Chairman’s Vote of Thanks to retiring members
9    Election of Officers: See details below

The Chairman is elected biennially. The Secretary, Treasurer and other Elected Officers with specific responsibilities (detailed below) require annual election.  The constitution (7c) currently requires nominations 30 days in advance of the AGM. Ordinary elected committee members serve for two years.

The Officers and General Committee proposed for election or re-election this year, 2014, are as follows:

Chair                                               Howard Bentley (Proposed)
Vice Chair                                        Martin Drake (Proposed)
Secretary                                        Amanda Morgan (Proposed)
Treasurer                                        Hannah Cornish (Proposed)
Membership Secretary                     John Showers
Field Meetings Secretary                  Vacancy
Indoor Meetings Secretary               Duncan Sivell
Bulletin Editor                                  Darwyn Sumner
Assistant Editor                               Judy Webb
Publicity Officer                                Erica McAlister
Website Manager                             Stuart Ball
Conservation Officer                        Robert Wolton

Committee Members proposed        Stuart Ball (Proposed)
for election or re-election 2014        Nathan Medd (Proposed)
Members Elected 2013                    Chris Raper
                                                       Malcolm Smart 
                                                       Mark Pajak
                                                       Peter Boardman
                                                       Vicky Burton
10   Chairman’s Thanks to hosts and formal closing of the Annual General Meeting.

Proposed amendment to the Dipterists Forum constitution:

This arises as a consequence of Dipterists Forum having decided to obtain its own insurance covering accidents to members and guests at field and indoor meetings, in addition to third parties.  Local fly groups may benefit from Dipterists Forum’s insurance, and this requires the constitution to be amended to allow such affiliated groups.  The following wording is proposed:

"Local Fly or Diptera Groups may become affiliated to Dipterists Forum. They will agree to abide by the Dipterists Forum Local Group Constitution.  Such affiliated local groups may benefit from any appropriate Dipterists Forum’s insurance policy on payment of the relevant supplement."

‘3a’ becomes new numbering for the existing wording on affiliation to BENHS.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2014-09-17

Forthcoming events of interest to Dipterists 2014-2015

04 October 2014, AES Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair, Kempton Park, London Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5AQ, UK. DF will have a publicity stand and publications for sale. See www.amentsoc.org 

11-18 October 2014, DF Autumn Field Meeting. Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire. We will be based in two travel lodges for this meeting, with the changeover on Wednesday 15 October. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: roger.morris@dsl.pipex.com)

31 October 2014, 10:00 - 17:00,  AES Conservation Conference, Themes:  Natural England's Mosaic Approach for managing habitats for species, and the increasingly popular use of Citizen Science as a means of recording wildlife and aiding conservation. Amongst other talks, Stephen Miles will talk about bare ground on heathland and other sites for flies, bees and wasps. Joint event by the AES, British Ecological Society's Conservation Special Interest Group and the BES Citizen Science SIG £20 for AES and BES members and £30 for non-members.   Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU, UK. Contact John Millar email: conference2014@amentsoc.org

1 November 2014, Worcestershire Entomology Day. Title ‘Insects, people and place’. Keynote speaker Peter Marren. This event brings together amateur naturalists and professional ecologists and attracts participants from across the midlands.  Rock Village Hall, N Worcestershire. Contact Rosemary Winnall, email: rosemary@wyreforest.net

8 November 2014, BENHS Annual Exhibition and Dinner. Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London

15 November 2014 ,  Conference on ‘Neglected Insects in Bedfordshire’. Speakers include John & Barbara Ismay on Introduction to Diptera, David Clements on Picture-winged Flies and Chris Raper & Matthew Smith on Tachinid Flies. Venue: The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston  Moretaine MK43 0PR. Entrance: £10 for BNHS members, £12 for non-members. For tickets visit:  http://www.bnhs.co.uk , for information contact Alan Outen at: alanouten@virginmedia.com 

21 November  2014, 14th NBN Annual Conference  "Climate, Collaboration and Collection - informing the new conservation agenda"   The Royal Society. https://royalsociety.org/

22-23 November 2014, Dipterists Day and AGM, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.   Details will be posted on this website nearer the time.

24-25 January 2015, 10am-5pm daily ‘Introduction to Fly families (Diptera)’ – John & Barbara Ismay and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, South Parks Road, Oxford (www.oum.ox.ac.uk ). Please contact John and Barbara Ismay, 67 Giffard Way, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 9DN (E-mail: schultmay@insectsrus.co.uk) in advance to book your place at the workshop. Places are limited to 14 participants, so early booking recommended.

31 January 2015, Tachinidae identification workshop – tutors Matt Smith and Chris Raper. An introduction to sampling and identifying Tachinidae, with new draft keys for a revised RES Handbook available for testing and the chance to have your specimens checked and verified by the organisers of the National Recording Scheme. The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0TH. For more information on Tachinidae and the recording scheme see: http://tachinidae.org.uk/

20-22 February 2015, DF Advanced Workshop on Acalypterate Flies. Tutors John & Barbara Ismay and Alan Stubbs. Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury. Details will be posted on this website nearere the time. See FSC website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford/

14- 15 March 2015, ‘Introduction to Fly families (Diptera)’ – tutors John & Barbara Ismay The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0TH. Please contact Dr. Mike Edwards, BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary, 53 Great Cranford Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3SQ (E-mail: m.edwards787@btinternet.com) in advance to book your place at a workshop.

15-17 May 2015,   DF Spring Field Meeting to Norfolk Coast. Based around guest houses in Cromer. Members wishing to participate will be expected to book their own accommodation but if possible we will try to organise ourselves in close proximity to one another. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: roger.morris@dsl.pipex.com).
4 - 8 June 2015.  8th Int. Symposium on Syrphidae. Monschau (Germany) Contact  Ximo Mengual Phone: 0049 (0)228 9122 292 E-mail: syrphidae8@gmail.com .
http://zfmk.de/web/Forschung/Kongresse/ … ex.en.html

11-18 July 2015, DF Summer Field Meeting to Nottingham area.  Derbyshire Dales and Sherwood Forest within reach. Accommodation in Nottingham University. 20 places booked, deposit of  £50 required to secure a place. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: roger.morris@dsl.pipex.com).

2-4 September 2015,  RES  Ento '15 "Insect Ecosystem Services"  Annual National Science Meeting and International Symposium. Venue: Trinity College Dublin

10-11 October 2015, DF Autumn Field Meeting to New Forest and Isle of Purbeck. A two-centre trip, based partly in Bournemouth and partly in Swanage. It is intended to use this opportunity to make a serious effort to record the New Forest, which has not been intensively visited for many years. The Swanage base allows access to Isle of  Purbeck. Contact Roger Morris for details (7 Vine Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, email: roger.morris@dsl.pipex.com).

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. Contact John Showers on: showersjohn@gmail.com

The Devon Fly Group will be holding regular field meetings throughout the year. Contact Martin Drake (email: martindrake2@gmail.com).

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2014-08-13

Amateur Entomologists' Society Conservation Conference 2014

AES Conservation Conference 2014
31 October 2014 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU, UK

The event costs £20 for AES and BES members and £30 for non-members. Refreshments and buffet provided.
Click here for further information, and to book: http://www.amentsoc.org/conferencebooking

Dipterists might be interested in this joint event by the AES, British Ecological Society's Conservation Special Interest Group and the BES Citizen Science SIG. It would be great to have some conservation stories related to diptera, so if anyone is interested in presenting a poster please email the organiser John Millar on conference2014@amentsoc.org.

Many thanks


Posted by vburton82 | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2014-08-02

Summer Dipterists Forum Bulletin

The Bulletin of the Dipterists Forum summer edition is in construction at the moment and will be posted out to members in September.  Judy (assistant Bulletin Editor)

Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Steve Falk's records

My attempt to get Stilt & Stalk fly records from Steve turned into a full-blown BRC project. With the assistance of Warwickshire Biological Records Centre http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/eco … ds-centre/ all of his 13 handwritten A4 folders are now being scanned and digitised at BRC (Steve himself is busy on his bee guide).
I've detailed progress in the committee section of this forum but that leaves out recording scheme organisers (I have asked they be included in that section - so I'm blameless)
Scheme organisers working on maps might want to hold fire for a few months until this work comes their way, they will certainly be asked if they would be kind enough to help systematically check the data (name changes particularly) once BRC's Val Burton has digitised it
Looks like I've got myself some sort of coordinating role here, any assistance would be welcomed but there's nothing to do for a few months yet.

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 1 | Date Posted: 2014-05-25

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