If fungi have held a curiosity for you why not join up with one of the many local groups that will show you an amazing new world of strange life forms. There are over 30 such groups across the UK linked to the BMS alone.
If you are a local fungus group why not spread the word and hold a fungal walk open to the public. There are some ideas for you to organise here.
There are many things to do to celebrate the world of fungi not just in organised groups but also on a walk on your own or with family or friends. There are some suggestions below for you to think about.
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Fungi take many forms and when there is little to see whilst walking turning over a log can reveal a marvellous little world of fungi coating the log like paint. Not forgetting there is also the insect life to see and of course it is also good exercise! It you want to know what you found there is help about locally or online.
Please replace the log after viewing.
Found and identified a fungus in your garden, local woodland or nearby green space? There are many places you can send your records to, a local group, a BMS group, County recorder, Local Record Centre or nationally to iRecord or Living Record. Expert mycologists will then use your record to learn how best to protect sites and species.
Not only can one ask a local group for help there are now many online resources who can help you identify your finds. A useful first site and a UK Fungus day supporter is iSpot and for those who want to take it a bit further the BMS has very active Facebook group you can join and another site is the UK Fungi site.
If you would like to learn more about fungi there are many fungus groups around the country - there are over 30 affiliated to the British Mycological Society alone. Fungi groups are welcoming to beginners and experts alike, and are a great way of learning about fungi!
If you haven’t held a public display of fungi before why not join the many groups who have found this a success. The BMS has an advice leaflet on running an event and plenty of materials in the form of leaflets, banners and other goodies to put out on display.
Materials for groups: More information
The public are fascinated by the diversity of fungi found in the woodland and other habitats. We can help you to publisise your event through social media and on our events map.
A set of 14 information sheets of some of the most common genera of fungi likely to be discovered on fungus walks. These sheets make an excellent accompaniment to any fresh fungal display table.
More genus information sheets covering the genus Boletus and allies as well as the genera Clitocybe, Cortinarius and Tricholoma.
Organisations like the RSPB, National Trust and Wildlife Trusts often welcome help from a local fungus group for example to lead a walk around their land. They may well support your group in some way in return. If you, or your local group, would like to get involved then do contact us
The South London Botanical Institute
Reptile Centre, Nr Lyndhurst, New Forest
Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve
Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve
Chirk Castle, National Trust Property