Fungi Foray at Kingcombe Meadows
Sat 28 Oct 2017
Image: Maurits Fontein
Learn about the amazing array of fungi amongst the ancient pastures of Kingcombe Meadows.
Fungi are essential to life on earth as the primary degraders and they have a fascinating biology. Kingcombe and Powerstock are some of the best places in England to find fungi with a list of over 500 species, many of them rare, all of them beautiful. The huge variation in geology and plant life at Kingcombe Meadows ensures a variety of habitats which allows for a larger variety of species than one would expect in a few hundred acres.
The day consists of a brief introduction to the fungal world and answers the questions: What are mushrooms and toadstools? How do they fit in to the natural world? How on earth do you tell one from another? You will then head out on a guided walk where all the fungi found will be discussed and where possible (it isn't easy for anyone!), identified. A delicious packed lunch will be enjoyed out in the reserve before heading back to the centre for a wrap up session, identifying any new or particularly difficult species.
Due to the nature of this event there will be some walking over rough and uneven ground, and some standing around as you listen to discussion points.
Note: This event is part of our wider work on surveying our SSSI reserves. We do not allow any private fungi foraging on our reserves at any time.
About the Leaders:
John Wright is not only an expert mycologist but also a foraging expert; mushrooms, hedgerows, seashores, you name it, he finds it and eats it. He brings an infectious enthusiasm for the natural world and its bounty. Over a period of twenty years he has taken around five hundred such forays, many of them based in the south west and at Kingcombe in particular, so has a wealth of information at his fingertips to share with you. John is now one of the country's leading authorities on foraging for food, often seen on national TV, including River Cottage. John contributes to national publications and has written a number of books in The River Cottage foraging series, covering hedgerows, seashore and of course, fungi!
£69 pp - includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, guided activities.
Arrive from 9.45am for morning tea. Course will start at 10am and finish around 4 - 5pm.
What to bring:
As you will be outside; please bring suitable clothing, wet weather jackets, good walking shoes and a backpack to carry your lunch. Optional extras, if you have them already, include; a hand lens, any fungi field guides and a camera.
Comments from previous events:
Great day out with John Wright again. Centre organisation was very good - practical, smooth, possibly an over-generous lunch? Certainly no complaints and I'm not sure how it could have gone any better - Neil.
I came to Kingcombe on Saturday for a mushroom foray with John Wright and had a fantastic time. What a beautiful setting for our walk. John made the day very enjoyable and I learned loads. Lunch was good too. Thank you for an amazing day - Sheralyn.