This beginner fungi course is a starting guide to the skills and knowledge required to begin identifying UK fungi in the field.

This course will cover:

  • Field Identification Skills
  • Fungi Field skills: Field notes, understanding habitat, and field equipment
  • This is not a species identification course


Tutor: Ali McKernan

Ali works in a large primary school in Manchester, and has been teaching fungi and celebrating UK Fungus Day with them for a few years, including log inoculation and growing oyster mushrooms on used coffee grounds. Ali is also a member of the North West Fungus Group and passionate about introducing fungi to the next generation (in fact, anyone at all), recently embracing social media and becoming known as 'The Fungi Guy'. He makes short 'beginner's guides' on YouTube that are fun and accessible by all. Ali has recently written for the Wildlife Trusts children's magazine and through his outreach role hopes to introduce this remarkable kingdom to even more young people!