This beginner course will introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi, providing you with a general background to the subject and the opportunity to learn how and where to look for fungi in the field.
This course will also teach you how to use field guides to start developing basic identification skills. As they spend much of their life underground there is always an element of surprise in what will surface.
This course will cover:
- How to recognise basic groups i.e., milkcaps and waxcaps
- The different growth forms
- Features to use in identification
- How to use a field guide
- Where and how to look through fieldwork
- Consolidation with closer inspection in the classroom
By the end of the course, you will have:
- Some experience of different fungi species
- What to look for in the field
- Experience using hand lenses and keys for identification
- Experience using the name as a key to find out more about the ecology of each species. There will be leads for taking the interest further.
Who Should Attend? – Anyone interested in starting with fungi, including amateur naturalists, biological recorders, and teachers. This course can also be an inspiration for artists and photographers.
Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors
Prior Knowledge – No existing knowledge or experience is needed for this course, just a willingness to explore and learn.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no accommodation, refreshments, or meal facilities included in the course price. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.
Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
About the Tutor
June Chatfield has a broad interest in natural history and has long been fascinated by fungi. She has run a popular “A weekend with fungi” for a number of years at Margam Park. Her career has involved college lecturing, museum curation and biological recording.
This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.
- Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
- The course will end at 5:00pm
10.00am - Introducing fungi and student requirements
11.00am - Break - refreshments not included
11.20am - Field work close to the Centre
1:00pm - Lunch break - lunch not included
1.45pm - Practical identification and use of a key from material collected
3.00pm - Break - refreshments not included
3.30pm - Assemble spreadsheet of finds and discuss ecology
Further work in the lab with microscopes
4.30pm - Taking the interest further
5:00pm - Course end
Please note accommodation, refreshments, and an evening meal are not included in the course price.
The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you build your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.
The course includes:
- Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
- Field excursions to apply new knowledge
- Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
- Clear objectives and progression
You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.
Bursaries and Subsidies
This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.
Natural History Bursaries
There are a number of natural history bursaries available to help with the cost of your course. To find out if you and your chosen course are eligible, read more here.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Notebook and pencil
- Lunch and refreshments
- Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
- Small bag to carry personal items
- Field Studies Council Fungi Name Trail
- Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools by Paul Sterry and Barry Hughes, Collins
- Fascinated by Fungi by Pat O’Reilly, First Nature. 2nd edition, 2011
- Please bring along any fungi books that you own
There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
Opportunities to attend this course
This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.
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