Fungi Foray at Powerstock Common
Sometimes delicious, sometimes deadly, fungi are a challenge for gourmets and naturalists alike. Discover this fascinating world on a foray amongst ancient woodland.
With John Wright
Sat 17 Oct 2015
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. Our nature reserves are especially noted for their populations of Waxcaps with around two dozen of the British species recorded here. The huge variation in geology and plant life at Powerstock Common 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? In particular, how do you know if they are edible or not? There will be a guided walk where all the fungi found will be discussed and, where possible (it isn't easy for anyone!) identified. A limited number of inedible fungi will be collected and, all being well, a larger number of edible fungi. If you have been lucky the day will end with a small taster of some of the edible fungi found.
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