Throwback Thursday – Chasing flies in Scotland

This Throwback Thursday is from my trip to Scotland with the Dipterists Forum in September 2013, a wonderful week in the highlands collecting flies which I wrote up as a guest post for the Natural History Museum Curator of Diptera’s Blog.



Chasing flies in Scotland

Between handing in my MSc thesis and my viva voce, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join Dipterists from the Natural History Museum on a collection trip to Scotland as part of the Dipterists Forum Autumn Field Meeting. Despite the daunting prospect of a long journey and sharing a cottage with people I barely knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for an intensive week studying flies which was also my first trip across the border.

I had a fantastic time, proving to me yet again that no matter how scary something seems it is always worth doing it anyway. I even had the honour of writing up the trip for Erica McAlister’s Curator of Diptera’s Blog, so rather than blog the trip here is

Field trips through the eyes of innocents….

Dipterists under the (double) rainbow, Knappach Cottage, Kingussie


Since the trip I have joined the Dipterists Forum committee and am now Treasurer. Sadly I have not had the time or money to go on another fieldtrip, but next summer’s is local to me in Kent, so hopefully I might be able to take a couple of days out and switch earthworms for flies!


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