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Fungi near you

If you're curious about fungi, why not join up with one of the many local groups to find out more about what you can see in the wild. There are over 40 local groups across the UK, linked to the British Mycological Society

What's happening near you?

Find your local group

Some fungus groups around the UK ran public events to celebrate 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! 

    If you're taking photos to help identify the fungus, read these tips.  Or, if you're hoping to snap a beautiful image, check out these 'do's and don'ts' for amazing shots.

    Why not enter our 2021 Fungus Photography Competition?
    Take a photograph
  • 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.

    Look closer - use a hand lens
  • 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.

    Roll a log
  • 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
    Find a local Fungus Group
  • 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.

    Submit a Record
  • 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.

    Ask an expert

For Groups

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.

Liz Holden - Introduction to Identifying Fungi
This is part of the FSC's Natural History Live series of monthly free online talks. The talks cover topics such as ecology, conservation, wildlife identification or wildlife monitoring.

Eric Janke explores Wellesley Woodlands

Finding Fungi at Wellesley Woodlands - part 1

Join Eric Janke from Hampshire Fungus Group as he identifies some iconic mushroom species at Wellesley Woodlands.

Watch part 1 on Wellesley Woodlands' Facebook page

Eric Janke continues his fungus foray at Wellesley Woodlands

Finding Fungi at Wellesley Woodlands - part 2

Part 2 of Eric Janke's jourrney through Wellesley Woodlands.

Watch part 2 on Wellesley Woodlands' Facebook page

Visit the Facebook Group

Observing, collecting and growing fungi

The British Mycological Society is a scientific society supporting fungal research and conservation, and highlighting the fundamental importance fungi in the world's ecosystems.

Our Code of Conduct for the responsible collection of fungi for research and education, and growing fungi at home, is available on the BMS website.