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DPWrkShp2: True Flies (Diptera) identification workshop to family level

November 16 @ 10:30 am - November 17 @ 4:00 pm

Trainers: John and Barbara Ismay.

This special two day workshop is taught by two very experienced dipterists who are happy to share their passion for these insects and provide an opportunity to learn how to identify these fascinating creatures to family level. Did you know that they enable beetles to break down compost and that many are important pollinators? They also have very interesting behaviour. During this weekend you will learn to recognise the main characters needed to identify flies to family level or some even further. You will see how to collect them and will learn how to build up a collection. We will talk about their major habitats and get to know some of their amazing natural history. They provide all major ecosystem services, but are too often forgotten. You will receive a draft key and we will discuss some of the available identification keys and which families are suitable for beginners or are more challenging. Suitable for ages: from 10 years onwards and for all abilities.

There is no prerequisite for attendees to have attended one of our previous courses and all are free of charge to attend for either BENHS members or Non-members of the society.

To take part on any workshop please contact:
BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary and Training Workshop Co-ordinator:

Mr Stephen Lings, BENHS Indoor Meetings Secretary:
Email: lings24@btinternet.com or call M: 07854 793681 to book your place.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you develop your entomological and natural history skills at one of this workshop on the day.


November 16 @ 10:30 am
November 17 @ 4:00 pm
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BENHS Headquarters
The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0TH United Kingdom
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