Every year the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme asks people to look out for bee-flies. They are the furry, hovering flies with a very long 'snout' (proboscis) that can be seen hovering over flowers in spring. Normally they are first seen in March, but this year one was seen in Kent on 24 February!
You can add your bee-fly sightings via a recording form on this website, or via the iRecord website or app. For full details and to download an identification guide go to the Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme.
Please celebrate Year of the Fly by enjoying watching bee-flies, and sending in your sightings to help us learn more about the distribution and natural history of these rather cute flies.