What is UK Fungus Day all about?

UK Fungus Day is an annual celebration of our fungal world, offering something for everyone including local fungal forays, talks, performances, science and research, competitions and activities for all.

Through UK Fungus Day, the British Mycological Society supports and promotes public engagement events and activities running concurrently across the UK, to introduce and inspire everyone about the wonders of the Fungal Kingdom.

Life on Earth would not exist without fungi !

Without the recycling activities of fungi, the world’s ecosystems would soon run out of nutrients. Plants without their fungal mycorrhizal partners to deliver water and nutrients, would not be able to grow and food would quickly become depleted.

Some fungi are also pathogens - of plants, humans, frogs, bats, soft coral, bees - and in certain cases are causing widespread decline of animal or plant populations.  In humans, certain fungi can cause invasive infections which contribute to high death rates in individuals suffering from AIDS and cancer, and others can cause irritating infections of our skin. They can even poison us.

However, few fungi actually cause a nuisance to the healthy individual.  And, without fungi, animals and plants could not - and would not - exist.

We want to show how crucially important fungi are to life on this planet.