This is an introductory course on fungi exploring different places to find them in the grounds of Margam Country Park in south Wales. We will identify them initially to families and take some to species and use the names to find out more about their way of life and natural history. We are not intending to eat them. Come and enjoy a weekend with fungi and the environment of Margam Park.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Know a range of habitats where fungi live and can be found and have experience in finding them
  • Appreciate the seasonality of mushrooms and toadstools
  • Know some basic features to look for to start identification to main groups and use field guides more effectively
  • See and use a range of field guides to identify fungi found
  • Make spore prints and appreciate the importance of spores in the study of fungi
  • Be introduced to books and websites on fungi and use these to find out about their way of life and natural history
  • Be aware of the range of fungi from edible species to highly poisonous ones and the need for caution in eating them

Field work will be within the grounds of Margam Park (on foot).

Tutor: June Chatfield

Dr June Chatfield has had a lifelong interest in snails and is a Vice President of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland with a career as a college lecturer, museum curator, author and consultant. She has led snail courses at Juniper Hall since 1967. Dr June Chatfield has been made an OBE for services to conservation and natural history education.

Example Timetable

This course officially starts at 6.00pm on the Friday with dinner and registration. Please aim to arrive between 4:00-5:00, there will be coffee and cake available from 4pm onwards.

Breakfast will be at 8am; Lunch will be a packed lunch.

The course will end on Sunday at 4:00pm.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

Please bring with you:

Waterproofs, over trousers or something to kneel on, stout comfortable waterproof footwear
Field guides if you have them
Camera if you would like to record your finds
Field notebook (about 6 x 4 ins) and pencils (write better in damp conditions than biros)
Lunch box, bag to carry items including lunch in the field.

Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item