This course is now fully booked.

Whether your interest in fungi is just for fun or for more serious recording, this course aims to give participants the tools to be more confident in their identifications. Time will be spent in the field looking for the fungi that associate with a stunning range of habitats including Caledonian pine, broadleaf woodland and old grasslands; many of the fungi that grow here are rarely seen in other areas of the country. In the field with an expert, it is possible to clarify the distinguishing macro characters that can be so difficult to transfer from the guidebooks to the real world.

Prior knowledge of the scientific names of fungi is not required for this course but it is hoped that in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, you will surprise yourself at how many names you actually learn during the week. Part of the afternoons and evenings will be set aside for working indoors to allow close examination of the specimens collected. Tips on taking spore prints and other simple techniques will also be given.

A number of texts will be available, ranging from beginner’s keys to genus monographs and time will be spent working through keys with those who are not confident in their use. Techniques will be taught to beginners in microscopy, to enable access to the world of spores and other fascinating micro-characters. Evening talks will include further information about fungal lifestyles and why they are so important in our woodlands, grasslands and other habitats.

The option of sole accommodation might be available for an extra fee by contacting us 6-8 weeks before the date of your course.

This course takes place at Glenmore Lodge

This course is part of FSC Scotland Outreach: High quality FSC courses delivered in Mainland Scotland at a variety of locations. Please note bookings are dealt with at FSC Millport, the course does not take place there.

FSC Scotland Outreach is an exciting opportunity to continue to deliver FSC Natural History Courses in the unique environments that Mainland Scotland has to offer. Started in 2019, our partnership with Glenmore Lodge has allowed us to access sites in the Cairngorms National Park where Britain’s largest, most natural habitats are home to a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 6 and 8 participants.
The option of sole accommodation might be available for an extra fee by contacting us 6-8 weeks before the date of your course.

Tutor: Chris Knowles

Chris Knowles is a consultant ecologist with a wide experience of leading workshops on fungus identification at Kindrogan and elsewhere in Scotland. As well as teaching Chris has recently worked as an RSPB reserves ecologist.

What's Included

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