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Fly Identification Course

The Dipterists Forum is the society concerned with the study of true flies (Diptera). It promotes all aspects of the study of flies, but is particularly concerned with the promotion of recording of fly species. Flies use all natural habitats and studying the flies in an area gives a really good summary of the quality of a habitat. There are a good number of fly species on the new BAP list and knowledge of the occurrence and distribution of these species is becoming increasingly important.

In 2008 the Dipterists Forum will be running an introductory course on the Identification of Fly Families: ‘Beginning with Diptera’ Friday 7th – Sunday 9th March 2008, to assist people interested in recording flies to get over the daunting stage of starting with a new group.

The course will be taught over a weekend at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre by enthusiastic expert tutors from the Dipterists Forum – Stuart Ball and Roger Morris. The course has been run this year and has been extremely successful. Each attendee gets a lot of individual help and will work on their own set of specially prepared flies which are examples of all the dipteran families. A set of keys with colour illustrations has been specially produced for this course and these in themselves have been much sought after! Each attendee leaves with their own set of keys plus advice on how to collect and pin flies for identification and for voucher specimens.

Preston Montford is an ideal venue because of the excellent laboratory facilities including microscopes, comfortable accommodation, good food and very friendly staff.

Course Fees: £185 for non-Dipterists Forum members (this price includes a year’s subscription to the Dipterists Forum). The discounted rate of £140 single room, £120 two sharing is available to people who are already Dipterists Forum members. Non residential rates may be available to people who live within travelling distance.

For more details and bookings, contact: Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 1DX

Tel: 0845 330 7378
Fax: 01743 851066