Hoverflies are some of the most obvious, charismatic and frequently encountered flies.  There are many different species in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours – including some excellent mimics of species such as bumblebees.  This day course will provide an introduction to hoverflies as a group, and after a presentation to start the day off you will learn how to find, catch and examine them, and where possible how to identify the species.

We will be using a variety of field guides, including the new ‘Britain’s Hoverflies A Field Guide’ by Ball & Morris.

The day will include a mixture of classroom and outside sessions so please dress appropriately.


This course is at FSC Bishops Wood, see course brochure below for more details. 


FSC BioLinks courses are highly subsidised thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Header photo © Stephen Barlow

Tutor: Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones is County Diptera Recorder for Shropshire, and is the co-author of a provisional atlas of bees, wasps and ants in this county. He earlier worked for Natural England.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring

·        Notebook and pencil

·        Hand lens (if you have one)

·        Small rucksack or bag and a lunchbox

·        Waterproofs (just in case!)

·        Stout shoes, boots or wellies

·        Water bottle and/or thermos flask

·        Hat and sunscreen

·        Casual clothing