The course will cover classification of the larger fungi, feeding strategies and ecology, and identification of important macroscopic features.

The main interest of the course is to allow participants to see and identify as wide a range of the larger fungi as possible. There is no guarantee as to just how diverse the fungi will be but there will be sufficient to allow id skills to be learnt and developed. We will look at woodland fungi and also have a session on those fungi that live in unimproved grasslands.

The course will cover classification of the larger fungi, feeding strategies and ecology, and identification of important macroscopic features. Keys an important tool in identification will be introduced and a range of different formats will be used

This course includes:

  • Field visits during which an understanding of the ecology of fungi particularly their feeding strategies will be appreciated.
  • How to collect specimens and prepare them for examination in indoor sessions will be covered.
  • During indoor work participants will develop skills in using keys to identify to genus and become familiar with important features of fungi that are needed for identification.
  • Identification to their major groups.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

We will be walking across grassy areas in fields and churchyards at a slow pace with no great exertion.  The ground could be rough underfoot in parts and maybe wet.

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Tutor: Paul Nichol

Paul Nichol is an experienced field mycologist having worked in adult education for Nottingham University and the WEA where he taught Field Mycology and has taught for the FSC for many years. He has been involved with the setting up of Fungi study groups in Nottinghamshire and Cumbria, in Cumbria he is the county recorder.

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation and an evening meal at FSC Blencathra please email [email protected]

Example Timetable

Saturday:

The course will begin with a field trip to an extensive mixed woodland  to observe fungi in situ become familiar with their ecology and feeding strategies and learn collecting techniques.

Returning to the Centre with a range of specimens we will then set them out into their major groups and begin to learn something of the terminology involved with recognising the main macro features of the fungi which are important in making an identification.

We will set out a display of specimens that we identify.

Sunday:

During the second day we will concentrate on those fungi that inhabit grasslands at this time of year particularly unimproved grasslands and therefore we will be looking at Waxcaps Earth Tongues Pinkgills and Fairy Clubs

If you have booked accommodation at the Centre, please arrive between 8:00am and 9:30am on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before the course begins.

If you are a non-resident, please arrive by 9:45am.

The course will end at 17:00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9:30am.

 

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Up to 6 hours of tuition a day.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources and facilities including workrooms and the Centre grounds.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Warm clothes, Waterproof Clothing.
  • Walking Boots / Wellingtons.
  • Rucksack.
  • Lunch box / drinks container.
  • A rigid plastic or cardboard box to transport small specimens (No plastic bags).
  • A penknife (if available).
  • Notebook, pencil/pen.
  • Hand lens* or some sort of magnifying glass.
  • Fungi Field Guides if you have them.
  • Camera if you wish to take photos of fungi.
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