This course is an introduction to the wonderful world of fungi. Though the types can be quite different, Fungi plays an important role in everyday human life and the world around us.

This introductory course is designed to introduce you to the very basics of the biology and ecology of this rich and varied group allowing you a deeper appreciation of the wonderful world of fungi. Later topics take you through where to find fungi and the important role it plays in many ecosystems. This course is the perfect introduction to fungi for those wishing to explore. Upon completion you will have the confidence to continue your learning by starting to identify fungi.

This is a 4-week course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.

Knowledge Level

Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage:Natural History Framework and Course Level Descriptors 

Prior Knowledge

No existing knowledge, or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to explore and learn.

Develop your interest and understanding of Fungi through these topics:

    • Fungi Biology
    • Fungi Ecology
    • Where to Find Fungi
    • The Importance of Fungi

This course is NOT an identification course

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Explain the position of fungi in the tree of life, diversity of forms, basic morphology and lifecycle.
    • Describe the ways that fungi interact with the environment and be able to give examples across the fungi kingdom.
    • Distinguish between different habitat types and how to search for fungi within them.
    • Identify some of the key ecological services that fungi provide.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC EcoSkills, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about fungi with further relevant FSC courses, or branch out into other areas of natural history. FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 4th March to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time.*

* Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached

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.

  • See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions

Group Bookings Made Easy

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.

  • Discounted rates
  • Privately run courses for your group
  • Bespoke courses developed specifically for your needs

Email [email protected] to discuss your options! 

Tutor: Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is a mycologist, researcher, and a member of the British Mycological Society. Nathan has a PhD in Fungal Biology and History of Mycology, with a particular interest in geographic and taxonomic distributions and discrepancies of herbaria fungal collections. 

Live Webinar Information

  • Monday 14th March at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • Monday 21st March at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • Monday 28th March at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • Monday 4th April at 7:00 – 7:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Week 1: Fungi Biology
Self-study material available: 07/03/2022
Week 1 live webinar: 14/03/20200

Week 2: Fungi Ecology
Self-study material available: 14/03/2022
Week 2 live webinar: 21/03/2022

Week 3: Where to Find Fungi
Self-study material available: 21/03/2022
Week 3 live webinar: 28/03/2022

Week 4: The Importance of Fungi
Self-study material available: 28/03/2022
Week 4 live webinar: 04/04/2022

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 18/04/2022

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you to continue to build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

  • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
  • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
  • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.
  • Tailored course certificate upon completion

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close at 9am on Friday 4th March to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.