Some local fungus groups around the UK are running public events to celebrate UK Fungus Day. Check the list below and contact the Group or visit the Group's website for more information. (Note that places may be limited and booking may be required.)
Cornwall Fungus Recording Group
Sunday 3rd October at the Gaia Trust, Wadebridge Contact the Group
Glamorgan Fungus Group
Saturday 2nd October at Kenfig National Nature Reserve; Sunday 3rd October guided walk at the Clyne Valley community woods Contact the Group
Grampian Fungus Group
Saturday 2nd October at Den Wood, Woodland Trust, Oldmeldrum Contact the Group
Hampshire Fungus Recording Group
Nottinghamshire Fungi Group
Sunday 3rd October at RSPB Sherwood Forest Visit website
Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire
Sunday 3rd October at Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay Contact the Group
Saturday 2nd October at Castell Henllys, with the Pembs National Park Authority Contact the Group
Sorby Fungus Group (Sheffield)
Saturday 2nd October at Shire Brook Valley Local Nature Reserve Contact the Group
Tayside and Fife Fungal Group
Sunday 3rd October at the Falkland Estate in Central Fife (note: places limited) Visit website
Find your local group
Even if there's not an event on UK Fungus Day, local groups are a great place to learn more about fungi, help record local species and take part in events throughout the year. A list of more than 40 local fungus groups affiliated with the British Mycological Society can be found on the BMS website, here.
Things to do
Take a photograph
Fungi make wonderful subjects to photograph not only to help identify them but also for their intrinsic shape, form and texture. You might be an expert photographer or - if not - have fun with your phone or tablet!Why not enter our 2021 Fungus Photography Competition?
Look closer - use a hand lens
Using a small hand lens will open up whole new world of tiny fungi, and other wildlife will leap into view. One that magnifies x10 is fine, and small hand lenses are not expensive to buy.
Roll a log
Fungi take many forms and if you think there is little to see whilst walking, turning over a log can reveal a marvellous world of fungi coating the log like paint. Not forgetting the insect life! And don't forget to replace the log after viewing.
Find a local Fungus Group
If you would like to join a fungus walk or learn more about fungi there are many fungus groups around the UK - over 40 are affiliated to the British Mycological Society. Fungus groups are welcoming to beginners and experts alike.More information
Submit a Record
Found and identified a fungus in your garden, local woodland or nearby green space? There are many places you can send your records: a local fungus group, County Recorder, Local Record Centre or nationally to iRecord or Living Record. Expert mycologists will then use your record to monitor and learn how best to protect sites and species.
Ask an expert
As well as contacting a local fungus group for advice, you can also use online resources to help you identify your finds. A good starting point is iSpot. The BMS has a very active Facebook group you could join to share pictures of your finds and ask for advice. You couldalso post messages to UK Fungi, an online discussion forum.
Found a fungus?
Learn more about your fungal finds by exploring our image gallery or watch the video below for identification tips.
Taking photos of fungi can help with identification. Read this guidance on the best ways to capture images for ID.
Finding Fungi at Wellesley Woodlands - part 1
Join Eric Janke from Hampshire Fungus Group as he identifies some iconic mushroom species at Wellesley Woodlands.
Finding Fungi at Wellesley Woodlands - part 2
Part 2 of Eric Janke's jourrney through Wellesley Woodlands.
Hold a public event or fungal walk
Many of the local fungus groups affiliated to the BMS run public events. The BMS can offer suggestions for running events and provides plenty of materials in the form of leaflets, banners and other items to put out on display.Materials for fungus group events
Genus information sheets. 1
A set of 14 information sheets of some of the most common genera of fungi likely to be discovered on fungus walks.More information
Genus information sheets.2
More genus information sheets covering the genus Boletus and allies as well as the genera Clitocybe, Cortinarius and Tricholoma.More information
Observing and collecting fungi
The British Mycological Society specialisis in 'spreading the word' as widely as possible about the vital nature of fungi in ecosystems and the fundamental need to protect them.
Our Code of Conduct for the responsible collection of fungi for research and educational purposes is available on the BMS website.