If you work in a museum, gallery, nature reserve, park, garden or other tourist attraction, you can take part in UK Fungus Day. Here is a selection of ideas that your venue could do to engage you visitors.
If you work in a museum, gallery, nature reserve, park, garden or other tourist attraction, you can take part in UK Fungus Day. Here is a selection of ideas that your venue could do to engage your visitors.
There are many museums, large gardens, exhibitions and public locations that are celebrating fungi as part of UK Fungus Day. Do go along and see what they have to show you.
Mycological books from your venue’s library collection will have some stunning illustrations. Visitors may also be made aware that you have a such a collection that they can come and use.
Invite a local felt maker, wood turner, dye maker or willow weaver to depict a fungi on UKFD. Your visitors may be fascinated to watch and learn from them.
Invite a scientist from your local university to demonstrate an engaging aspect of their work into fungal science. The BMS website could help you hook up with someone.
If you have a restaurant or cafe at your venue, they might be persuaded to put on a special menu of wild fungi. The cost of some unusual edible fungi, such as shitake or penny buns, might not be as expensive as you think. These can be ordered online if you are unsure where to buy them from locally. You could also ask a cook from one of your local gastro pubs to come over and give a demonstration. It could help them to market themselves.
Create a trail especially for UKFD. You don’t have to be an expert to do this. Just walk around your land, notice where the hotspots are for fungus fruiting bodies (a particular tree, woodland floor, field, lawn or flower bed) and mark these on a map that you hand out to visitors. You’d be amazed how enlightening this can be. You could even spice it up a bit with a few fairy doors and strategically placed hand carved toadstool models.
Invite your visitors to upload a photo of a fungus that they have found on your land onto your Facebook/Instagram/Flickr page. Don’t be put off about providing precise names of all the featured fungi (although members of the BMS could help in this) - it’s more important that people go out and discover the amazing variety of colours, shapes and sizes of fungi.