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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!

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

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Posted by JohnShowers | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-04-12

New events in the Calendar

I have updated the events calendar with three new recording meetings, please look, its great to see these enthusiastic young Dipterists trying to fill our knowledge gap on flies of the uplands. The first is soon, so here are the details:
28-29 April - Upland Diptera Recording Group meeting Brecon Beacons (SO0121, VC42). Weather dependent. All welcome, if attending both days then arrange your own accommodation. Contact Sam Thomas sjthomasbotany@gmail.com or Matt Harrow matt.harrow@hotmail.com


Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-04-05

NFBR Conference 2018: Skill Development for Biological Recording

Details at http://www.field-studies-council.org/in … -2018.aspx
This is to be held at FSC's Preston Montford from 10th to 12th May and includes a visit to Brown Moss on the last day


Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-03-16

*DF SUMMER FIELD MEETING 23 - 30 JUNE 2018 - NOW TAKING BOOKINGS

We are now taking bookings for Our 2018 summer field meeting which will be based in the University of Staffordshire campus at Stoke on Trent over the period June 23-30 2018 (7 nights).

This location is centered very close to the junction of Staffordshire (Vice-County 39), Shropshire (VC 40) and Cheshire (VC 58) with Derbyshire (VC 57) just 20 km away. The area within reasonable travelling distance is roughly equally divided amongst the four VCs and covers a variety of exciting habitats. See the notice by Alan Stubbs on page 31 of Bulletin 84 (Autumn 2017) and WATCH THIS PAGE FOR MORE

The accommodation will be in single en-suite bedrooms with full English breakfast plus 3 Course Cafeteria-style dinner provided. There will be access to a designated kitchen with food refrigeration facilities to enable self preparation of picnic style lunch (there are several supermarkets within 1 mile of the campus).

Attendees will have access to a laboratory with a fridge for specimens and a meeting room from 07:00 - 24:00 hrs.

The total cost for each attendee will be £311.50 and we are asking for a deposit of £50 to be paid to confirm the booking.The balance must be paid before or during the meeting.

PAYMENTS
Deposits of £50 may be paid by BACS (A/C 48054615 Sort Code 606008) Ė  AND PLEASE also send an e-mail (including any special requirements) to our treasurer at helophilus@hotmail.co.uk and CC malcolmjsmart@gmail.com

Alternatively cheques payable to Dipterists Forum may be sent to:

Dr Phil Brighton

32 Wadeson Way

Croft

Warrington

WA3 7JS

BUT PLEASE also email malcolmjsmart@gmail.com to advise him of the booking.


Posted by malcolmsmart | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-03-12

Acalyptrate Clinic

On Saturday, 12th May, John and Barbara Ismay and Jann Billker  will hold an Acalyptrate Clinic in the Collections area of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. It is from 10 am to late afternoon. They will help you with the identification of Acalyptrata families (Diptera)  to family level and many of these to genus or species. Please bring a few specimens that you find difficult or would like confirmed. The clinic is restricted to a maximum of 8 participants, so please let John and Barbara Ismay (schultmay@insectsrus.co.uk ) know if you would like to come. It would also be useful if you could let them know which families you are interested in. They will also bring some draft keys to smaller families that you could use.


Posted by Judy Webb | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2018-03-12

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