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#1 2018-08-07 11:13:30

Rainieria
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Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 345

Bulletin #86

List of links in Bulletin #86 (August 2018)

Downloads of previous Bulletins http://www.dipteristsforum.org.uk/t4317 … letin.html

Climate article http://doi.org/10.1038/srep45242

Flyswatter https://www.nev.nl/diptera/nieuwsbrief.html

Silly season
Independent: https://tinyurl.com/ycn4qoag and
BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44823286
Daniel Whitmore: https://tinyurl.com/yb62tn75

Phenology
.xlsm Excel file: https://tinyurl.com/ya7yyhb4
Steven Few's library: http://www.perceptualedge.com/library.php

Hoverfly Lagoons volunteer: http://thebuzzclub.uk/Hoverfly_Lagoons.php:

Fonseca's seed fly https://e-activist.com/page/25176/actio … id=Buglife

Learn to love flies http://www.fscbiodiversity.uk/?q=loveflies

Amateur Entomologist’s Society Exhibition https://www.amentsoc.org/events/exhibitions.html

Field Studies Council website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/prestonmontford

Insect repellent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl … 04086.html

Summer 2019 Field Meeting, Stirling, 22 - 29 June 2019
Stirling Castle commands the historic Gateway into the Central Highlands, and remains a major focus for roads travelling out in all directions.  It is placed on one of the major fault lines, even if subsidiary to the Highland Boundary Fault not far to the north.  There is a great variety in geology and landforms, and accompanying varied habitats in this strategic position between the Central Lowlands (difficult to classify as ‘low’) and the true Highlands.
Eons ago, we held a field meeting based at Stirling University and it remains one of the most interesting and productive venues we have experienced.  Apart from the earlier meeting, the area is relatively poorly recorded for flies and there remains considerable potential.  The ‘lowlands’ have a great variety of habitats including lakes and raised mires.  The most accessible uplands have very a different character to the Spey Valley but nonetheless have their own particular characters with interesting habitats and faunas.  Rivers were largely neglected before but should prove to have special species.  Come and see for yourself.
A reminder that field meetings are more than a chance to experience new places and recording flies.  They are also social events, the chance to be with a group of people who share your interests and to learn from the experience of others.  Even if you are nervous about the social idea, be assured than newcomers are very welcome even if you currently know little about flies.  Everyone has to start from square one and this is a superb way of learning the ropes and getting help in identifying flies.
Alan Stubbs
That item arrived too late to "squeeze in" so putting it here seems the best "stop press" solution. If you like Alan Stubbs' writing there's loads of it in this issue of the Bulletin, the above will appear in print in the next issue, alongside all the booking details.
A useful service to naturalists on these field weeks is the development of a Google Earth kml file detailing all the parking spots for sites. Such files can be popped into your SatNav of choice - contact the editor if you'd care to help with that project

Last edited by Rainieria (2018-08-11 09:01:55)


Darwyn Sumner
DF Bulletin Editor, Scheme Organiser: Stilt & Stalk Flies

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#2 2018-08-07 14:23:44

KenMerrifield
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Name: Ken Merrifield
Registered: 2008-02-21
Posts: 238

Re: Bulletin #86

Thanks Darwyn, really helpful to avoid mistyping links

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