Tutor: ANNE ANDREWS
Discover the beauty and fascination of toadstools and other fungi. Our purpose is to learn to identify them rather than to find edible fungi. Autumn is the peak season for fungi but at other times of year we go out to look at fungi and wild flowers. Our forays this term will be on Tuesday mornings as usual but the dates and venues will be chosen nearer the time depending on conditions. Members of the Fungus Group will be notified by email a few days before each foray. New members are welcome.
Anne Andrews is an experienced mycologist. She can name common species in the field and enjoys helping beginners to learn them but she knows only too well that there are many species we can only identify using a microscope and specialised literature.
New members are welcome but we warn them that a certain amount of walking on rough and sometimes muddy terrain is involved. Wellies and waterproofs are often needed. Fungi do not always obligingly appear by the side of the path but the effort of seeking them out is well rewarded.
Click the link for the Fungus Group Recommended book list.
Convenor: Veronica Simmons. For contact details please see page 14 in the programme.
Tutor: Anne Andrews.
There are many types of fungi that can be eaten safely but there are also some extremely poisonous species. There is NO simple method by which poisonous species can be distinguished from edible ones. It cannot be emphasised too strongly that unfamiliar fungus specimens should NOT be eaten, unless they have been identified carefully and with absolute certainty by a competent mycologist. Even with familiar species it is important to ensure material is fresh and in good condition if it is to be eaten.