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 ...

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.

Identification Workshop at Preston Montford 16-18 February 2018

Field Studies Council at Preston Montford are now taking bookings for our annual training course on larger Brachycera and anthomyiids.  I see that their website makes no allowance for the generous discount to Dipterist Forum members (£95). But I suggest you pay just the £50 deposit and use the 'special requirements' box to mention that you are a DF member (if indeed you are!), and Preston Montford can sort out final payment later.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-21

Annual Meeting 25-26 November - Supper and Museum's Insect Collection

Dipterists Supper this Saturday (25th November) at Liverpool after the day’s meeting. The venue is close to the museum and to Lime Street Station (about a third of a kilometre).  Dinner starts early – 6.00pm –  so there’s time to catch trains and still join us.  It will help the restaurant to know how many will turn up so, if you would like to come, please let me know (martindrake2@gmail.com).

Liverpool Insect Collection. If, on the Sunday (26th November), you would like to use the insect collection, could you bring some form of photo id (driving licence or similar) for security reasons. Sorry about the short notice but the request from the museum is recent.

Posted by Martin Drake | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-21

JNCC withdraws support for Biological Recording

Their statement is at https://forums.nbn.org.uk/viewtopic.php … 800#p27800
This is a disturbing development. The entire biological recording infrastructure throughout the country relies on Recorder to some extent.
Whether you use this particular biological recording software application or not, please consider completing the consultation form at https://www.cognitoforms.com/SxBRC/Reco … nsultation you will be supporting others in Dipterists Forum and throughout the wider biological recording community.

Posted by Rainieria | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-14

Summer field meeting 2018 - dates

This meeting, based at Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, will be during the week commencing 23rd June, not in July as said in the recent edition of the Bulletin.  As Alan Stubbs says in the Bulletin (page 31), there are many different habitats and excellent sites within striking distance of Stoke-on-Trent.  I hope many members will wish to attend.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Saving Fonseca's seed fly

This fly, Botanophila fonsecai, is known only from Scotland.  One of its key sites, a sand dune system called Coul Links, is under severe threat from golf course development. Much other important wildlife is also at risk. 

If you have not already done so, please sign the petition at https://home.38degrees.org.uk/?s=Fonseca.

There is also a good video at  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XMVAPLdOC … =youtu.be. 

I shall be submitting a formal objection on behalf of the Dipterists Forum to the planning application.  If you wish to make a personal objection, you can do so at http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicat … GYIHH0I00.

The deadline is 17 November 2017.

Posted by RobWolton | Replies: 0 | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

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