An introduction to the wonderful world of fungi. This course will give you the opportunity to discover the world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of this rich and varied group. No prior experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Course fee also includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Fungi Identification Guide.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Tutor: Chris Ford

Chris Ford has worked in environmental education for 15 years, working at in the London Region at Juniper Hall and Bushy Park and at the Blencathra Centre in the Lake District National Park. He is now working for the RSPB on the Suffolk Coast at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve and continuing to share his love for the natural world from wildflowers to wading birds and invertebrates to interesting fungus. When he isn’t working Chris is often out on his bike or out in the garden but always with an eye out for anything interesting that might be spotted nearby.

Example Timetable

09.30 - Arrival, tea, coffee
10:00 - Welcome and introduction. Course outline, aims and objectives.
10:30 - Introduction to fungi - terminology, taxonomy, and using keys.
11:30 - Practising in the field 1
12:30 - Lunch break
13:15 - Practising in the field 2
15:30 - Tea break
15:50 - Summary and review
16:00 - Course ends

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Packed lunch
  • Field notebook and pencil
  • Pocket mirror
  • Any field guides that you have and a x10 hand lens if you have one.
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