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KC.14.Fungi Foray John Wright c Nicola Hawkins (39)

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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. 

John Wright Profile
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 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!
 
Price:                    
£75 pp    includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, guided activities
 
Times: 
Arrive from 9.45am for morning tea.  Course will start at 10am and finish approx. 4pm.
 
What to bring:  
As you will be outside; please bring suitable clothing, wet weather jackets, good walking shoes. Optional extras, if you have them already, include; a hand lens, any fungi field guides and a camera.
 
weekend
Get away for the full Fungi Experience by booking this course together with the ‘Fungi Dinner’ hosted by John (Sat 17 Oct) and the ‘Fungi Foray at Kingcombe Meadows’ (Sun 18 Oct).  Just add a B&B package!

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