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Fungi name trail

This Fungi Guide includes an illustrated fungi chart and accompanying text guide to the more easily recognised mushrooms and toadstools found in gardens, grassy places and woodlands. Use the simple flowchart based on shape and colour to move quickly to the illustrations for each fungus.

Please note that this is not a guide to the identification of edible fungi.

Although we have tried to keep specialist terms to a minimum, some technical words are useful when discussing fungi. Accompanying text on the reverse side includes a guide to the main parts (cap, ring, stipe, volva and mycelium), plus features on the underside of the cap (pores, frills and teeth). There is also of a straightforward instructions for marking a spore print. Plus how you can use a red balloon and toilet tissue to show how a fly agaric grows!

Unlike plants, fungi cannot gain their energy directly from the sun by photosynthesis. Instead they have had to develop other ways to feed. A few fungi feed off living trees or plants. These fungi are parasites, and they have a vital role in natural woodland. But the majority of fungi are decomposers or live in symbiosis with plants. The decomposer fungi break down dead wood and other plant and animal matter. They help recycle nutrients in woodlands. Symbiotic fungi establish a physical link with another organism (plant, tree or alga). Over 80% of higher plants and trees gain additional mineral salts in this way. In return the plant sends some of its own surplus energy (sugars) down into the fungus.

Our popular fungi fold-out guide measures 24.5cmx17.5cm and is extremely lightweight so makes the perfect identification chart for popping in your bag when heading outside. This easy reference fungi identification guide is also laminated, meaning it is showerproof for use outside and can be wiped clean.

The Fungi name trail was produced in partnership with the British Mycological Society.

Watch Luke Hawkins, Field Studies Council, Youth Council member, introduce us to the fascinating world of fungi: