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Lots more excellent training courses are available from the Field Studies Council, and for more formal training in biological recording see Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Field identification of flies

11 July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


A hoverfly, Chrysotoxum festivumThis course will look at different types of fly and how to identify a select few distinctive species in the field. On this course you will be:

  • introduced to fly ecology
  • shown how to identify distinctive species and groups
  • shown how to use a pooter and hand lens to look closely at living specimens
  • practice identification techniques
  • shown how to get help with identification of flies
  • introduced to submitting fly records and the recording schemes of the Dipterists Forum

There will be classroom sessions and practice at identifying flies in the field. We will collect flies from Dinton Pastures Country Park and bring them back into the classroom for a closer look, before releasing them again.

Please note that this course is a course for beginners and absolutely no experience of flies is needed – just a passion for nature and learning more about wildlife that is often overlooked.


BENHS HQ, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Reading
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst
Reading, Berkshire RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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