To identify a species of fungi while observing it in the field, it is crucial to understand its relationship with the habitat and substrate in which it grows – plus key morphological features.
This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups. You will learn valuable observational field skills; what to look for, what to record and how to record it with the support of our expert tutor. The course will cover the variety of habitats in which you can find fungi, the diversity of fruiting bodies, and key features to look for, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of fungi.
This course will cover:
- Morphological features for fungi
- Identification features and tips
- Making field notes
- Fungi habitat
- Field equipment
This course is suited for anyone looking to develop field observation skills when exploring fungi.
This is not a specific species identification course
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand key morphological features to begin a fungus identification
- Describe the variety of habitats in which you can find fungi and how this can be used to make an accurate identification
- Record useful field notes and use the correct equipment to safely collect fungi
- Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers
Who Should Attend? – Nature enthusiasts, students, rangers, early career ecologists.
Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: 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 provided with this course. 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
This course is delivered by more than one expert tutor. Your tutor will depend on the location of the course you book.
Chris is both an ecologist and a consultant field mycologist, carrying out fungus surveys for a variety of clients. He is also an active member of his local fungus group and the recorder for Edinburgh & Lothians.
Beverley works as an ecological consultant and delivers courses on the identification of flora and fungi in Derbyshire. As a full member of CIEEM and BSBI she continues to use her knowledge to understand the biodiversity of sites and record important species.
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 and will end at 5:00pm.
Classroom session covering:
Diversity of fruiting bodies
Key features to look for
Break - refreshments not provided
Lunch - not provided
Classroom session covering:
Classroom plenary and final question
Please note accommodation, refreshments and an evening meal are not included.
The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop 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, find out more here.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Notebook and pencil
- Lunch and refreshments
- Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
If you have them:
- Hand lens
- Any up to date field guide of fungi
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
Sat 09, September 2023 10:00 - 17:00
If you require accommodation and meals packages, please contact Glenmore Lodge directly by clicking here. There will be another course held at Glenmore Lodge the day after this course titled 'Fungi: Beginner Identification to Genus' delivered by the same tutor. Click here to book if you would like to continue your learning journey.
Sat 23, September 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance.
Sat 30, September 2023 10:00 - 17:00
Please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance. There will be another course held at Dounans Centre the day after this course titled 'Fungi: Beginner Identification to Genus' delivered by the same tutor. Click here to book if you would like to continue your learning journey.
Sat 07, October 2023 10:00 - 17:00
The centre is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance. There will be another course held at Blencathra Centre the day after this course titled 'Fungi: Beginner Identification to Genus' delivered by the same tutor. Click here to book if you would like to continue your learning journey.
Thu 19, October 2023 10:00 - 17:00
The venue is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance.
Progress Your Learning
This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.
The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.
If you have any questions about our courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].
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If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses. Click here to find out more!
You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.