This course is for those who are interested in fungi, have some basic experience of trying to identify them e.g. using a pictorial field guide and/or participating in local group recording forays, and would like to take their identification skills further.

The course will be a mix of talks on identification, excursions to practice observing, collection and recording fungi in the field, and laboratory sessions including use of keys and microscopy.

By the end of the course participants should know how to set about the identification process and be able to place fungi into correct major groups and be able to identify many of the more commonly occurring to at least genus level.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, (Shrewsbury Office). E-mail: [email protected]  Phone: 01743 355137

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

Tutor: Jeanette Maddy

Jeanette Maddy is a member of the British Mycological Society and also of the North West Fungus Group. She is an experienced teacher, foray leader and field surveyor.

Example Timetable

Introduction to fungal classification, structure and ecology. De-scribing fungi.

Laboratory session on how to collect fungi and take field notes. Field trip then making spore prints, describing field collections and using identification resources. Learn how to use micro-scopes and prepare material for examination. In the evening there will be a talk and an option to do more identification work.

Field Trip then laboratory work on identification. In the evening there will be presentations where attendees show one or more fungi which they have identified at least to genus level and jus-tify or explain the identification.

For credit-students there will be a short test. Otherwise continue lab work, practice microscopy and/or foray around PM. Rounding off the course will be a short talk on fungal recording. Course finishes around 4pm.

Accrediting Agency

Manchester Metropolitan University

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Simple collecting equipment such as a small pocket knife, paper bags and pots (empty film containers, margarine tubs etc.), basket, compartmented box
  • Camera/phone for photography
  • Ruler and looseleaf A4 pad, field notebook.
  • Hand lens x10
  • Packed lunch containers e.g. vacuum flask, sandwich box, water bottle
  • Warm clothing, waterproofs and stout footwear for the forays.

Recommended Reading

  • Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools: The essential photo-graph guide to Britain's fungi (Collins Complete Guides) by Paul Sterry and Barry Hughes.