Formed in August 2013, the Devon Fly Group is an informal group of diptera enthusiasts who meet once indoors during the winter and at once a month in the field from April to October weather permitting. Membership is open to anyone regardless of age, interests, enthusiasm or competency simply by way of contacting Andrew Cunningham (ajc321AThotmail.com) to join the Yahoo Newsgroup. We use this communication medium to keep members informed of field meetings, notable snippets of news, and various other noteworthy items.
The group is following in the footsteps of previous Devonian luminaries such as Colonel Yerbury, C. W. Bracken, George Bignell, and a few others. Devon has a rich assemblage of habitats, you could say the only thing we do not have is a mountain! Field meetings take place in interesting locations, in underrecorded areas or simply in pursuit of rare species. Constructive feedback is given to landowners who give us consent to visit their lands. Species of note previously encountered include Hornet Roberfly (Asilus crabroniformis), Bog Hoverfly (Eristalis cryptarum), Helius hispannicus (a very rare small cranefly) and Pogonota barbata (a smart dung fly).
Dipterology is no longer the preserve of the tweed-clad Victorian gentleman so do join us, even if you are only down here on holiday! We are glad to see people interested in all walks of natural history at our field meetings, especially those interest in other invertebrate groups.
One field meeting already confirmed for the year ahead is arranged for Saturday 11th May at Devon Wildlife Trusts' Halsdon Wood Reserve in north Devon. The meeting point is the Ashwell car park at the north end of the reserve (SS554130) at 10 am. Bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear. This is a joint meeting between the Devon Fly Group, the Devonshire Association, the DWT and the BENHS to mark the International Year of the Fly. Contact Andrew Cunningham on the email mentioned above for further details.
UPDATE (JANUARY 2020): We will hold our annual indoor meeting on Saturday 7th March at Woodah Farm, with thanks to Devon Wildlife Trust for letting us use their classroom. We'll meet at 10.30am for a lazy start, and finish mid afternoon. As in previous years, we will run the meeting informally as a DIY event, so do please bring something to show or talk about. Bring your lunch; hot drinks can be brewed in the kitchen.
Woodah Farm is near Doddiscombleigh in the Teign valley (SX847867, EX6 7PR).