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World of Waxcaps ID Workshop

Fri 27 Oct 2017

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Image: Bryan Edwards 

Discover these colourful fungi that are abundant  in our internationally important unimproved grasslands of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve.

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.

Our nature reserves are especially noted for their populations of waxcaps with around two dozen of the British species recorded here.   Waxcaps (genus Hygrocybe) are the most distinctive and visible components of the grassland fungi.  They are often brightly coloured with a waxy or slippery-looking cap which most commonly appears in grassland and lawns in late summer and autumn.  Waxcaps are found in grasslands that are generally nutrient–poor such as long established pastures, lawns and cemeteries.

This one day course will cover the ecology and diversity of waxcaps through a mix of classroom presentations and time out in the field.  Key areas to be discussed to help you identify waxcaps will include colour, cap shape and size, gills, cap texture and smell. 

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 Leader:

Bryan Edwards is a native of Dorset and since 1991 he has worked as surveyor and ecologist for Dorset Environmental Records Centre based in Dorset, and is county recorder for bryophytes, fungi and lichens.  He is author or co-author of a number of books on the county’s wildlife include bryophytes, grasshoppers & bush-crickets, rare plants and the wildlife of the Jurassic Coast.  He has been involved with the Kingcombe Centre since its inception and knows the Kingcombe Meadows Reserve very well, having undertaken a vegetation survey in 2000, led numerous walks, and run courses on bryophyte and lichen identification.


£65 pp  -  includes all tuition, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Arrive from 9.45 am for morning tea.  The course will start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm

What to bring: 

Weatherproof clothing; walking boots or wellingtons will be needed.  Cameras and binoculars, notebooks and pencils would also be useful.  

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