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 BENHS Dinton Pastures, 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: Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC and for Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an ecologist specialising in insect conservation and recording, carrying out surveys for a range of clients, and is a Research Fellow at the national Biological Records Centre. Martin has been County Moth Recorder for Berkshire for over 20 years.

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