This beginner fungi course will explore woodland fungi and the connections between fungi and their habitat.

Looking at habitat, substrate, and how the fungus interacts within a woodland habitat are skills that will allow you to build your knowledge of woodland fungi.

This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about woodland fungi. This course will focus on the different habitats within a woodland and how fungi interact within a woodland environment. From bracket fungus on a living tree or dead wood to fungi specialising in the decomposition of leaf litter. The course will also look at the common groups of fungi that are associated with woodland and the starting steps to being able to identify them.

Your course will take place in our Malham Tarn centre based in a Georgian fishing lodge situated on the northern shore, surrounded by the 147-hectare Malham Tarn National Nature reserve in North Yorkshire.

PLEASE NOTE the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation or sustenance provided with this course. Please use the suggested links below if you require local accommodation.

May we take this opportunity to remind you to bring your own packed lunch and refreshments.

Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached

This course is suited for anyone looking to develop field skills in observing and identifying woodland fungi. This course is a perfect follow on course to our Practical Fungi Field Skills course happening the day before.

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.

This course will cover:

    • Woodland ecology and fungal interactions
    • Common groups of woodland fungi
    • Deadwood and fungal substrate

This is not a specific species identification course

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

    • Describe woodland habitats and give examples of how mycorrhizal relationships impact the forest
    • Identifying groups of common woodland fungi
    • Describe dead wood habitats and give examples of fungi that may be found there and their unique biology and ecology
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers

This is a place-based training course from the Field Studies Council, including a balance of classroom-led learning to impart important knowledge and irreplaceable hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to give individuals skills and confidence. 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 fantastic tutor will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to progress their learning.

  • See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • Upon booking you will need to provide individual details of all attendees
  • 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

Find out more about Group Bookings

Tutor: Chris Knowles

Chris Knowles 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.

Covid Measures

In order to keep our customers and staff safe, we ask that anyone attending our centres:

  • Wears a face covering when in shared indoor space (unless exempt).
  • Maintains social distancing.
  • Cleans their hands regularly.
  • Takes a Covid-19 test before they arrive.

Book with Confidence

We understand the difficulties of making plans in the current situation when guidelines continue to change, and insurance conditions are being tightened. In response, we will continue to offer additional flexibility. Find out more here

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

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 Introductions
10:15am Classroom session covering:

  • Introduction to woodland ecology
  • Mycorrhizal fungi
  • Introduction to woodland habitats and fungal substrates
11:00am Break - refreshments not provided
11:15am Field session
12:30pm Lunch - not provided
1:30pm Field session
4:00pm Classroom plenary and final question
5:00pm Finish

Please note accommodation, refreshments and an evening meal are not included

What's 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.

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
  • Penknife
  • Any up to date field guide to the 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.

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