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Fungi Foray at Kingcombe Meadows (Kingcombe Centre Course)

Sunday 7 October 2018 10:00 - 17:00


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 lunch will be enjoyed served back at our visitor centre before heading back out on the reserve to continue your foray. John will then have 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.

John 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 five years he has taken around seven 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, plus a book on Latin names and one on the natural history of hedgerows.

Prices: £69pp includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, guided activities. 

Times: 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 any 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. 

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