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Episode 167: Hoverflies

Roots and All - Gardening Podcast

Release Date: 07/11/2022

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This week’s guest is Martin Harvey, an entomologist and biological recorder based at the UK CEH Biological Records Centre. His main areas of work include the iRecord online recording system, liaison with national recording schemes, and the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Martin enjoys watching and recording hoverflies and I was delighted he agreed to an interview as although I know next to nothing about them, I do love seeing them in the garden and I’m always keen to find out more.

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What we cover

The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

How hoverflies are distinct from bees or other flies

How many species of hoverfly are in the UK

More common species and the rarest

Mimicry

How to encourage more hoverflies into our gardens

Where to find out more about hoverflies

About Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey is an entomologist and biological recorder based at the UK CEH Biological Records Centre. His main areas of work include the iRecord online recording system, liaison with national recording schemes, and the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. He also teaches for Field Studies Council. Martin enjoys watching and recording hoverflies and other insects, and as a volunteer he runs the national Soldierflies and Allies Recording Scheme, and is County Moth Recorder for Berkshire.

Links

UKCEH Biological Records Centre

Hoverfly Recording Scheme

UK Hoverflies on Facebook

Buzz Club hoverfly lagoons from Sussex University

Dipterists Forum (the society for the study and conservation of flies)

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