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Join us for a mushroom hunt, fungi foray and general Autumn forage to discover the world of mushrooms and fungi in Rochdale and other sites on the Greater Manchester / Lancashire border. We will even cook some of our finds in the wild!
The world of mushrooms and fungi can be a daunting one to the novice, filled with many species and look a likes. These one day workshops will help you to identify fungi with more confidence and understand the families of fungi and how to tell them apart from the edible Cep to the deadly Deathcap.
We will walk over some grassland habitat to get to our destination, hopefully finding some grassland species along the way to get things going. Then we will start our walk through the mature woodland to look for all the different types of fungi that inhabit it, from Cep and Hedgehog Mushroom to Tar Spot and the Amethyst Deceiver. Over the years we have recorded many species of fungi in this particular woodland and is so out of the way we should have the whole woodland to ourselves!
In some years bad weather (for fungi at least) can mean we find fewer specimens (though we have always found between 45 and 90 species in this wood) so there will be plenty to find. Whilst we will endeavor to find lots of edible species to show you, sometimes we may not find any - but the species we will find are interesting and will always help the forager become familiar with the commoner species you are likely to find. If there are edible species found we will only collect a small amount of what is there (only take what we need) and with rarer species we will just make a note of them.
Things you need to know...
Price - £35pp (£20 Deposit)
Duration - 10am - 3pm
Dates (2018) - Fri 14th Sept, Sat 29th Sept, Sun 14th Oct 2018
Tour Guide - David Winnard
Location - Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Details on where to meet will be given upon booking.
What to bring - A good pair of walking boots is advisable, a packed lunch and drinks. Clothing to suit the weather of the day. Many people find it helpful to bring a notebook or camera to make notes of all the plants we see.
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The Days Targets
• Learn some of the commoner mushroom families and how to identify some of the more iconic species, including edible, medicinal and poisonous species.
• Enjoy a walk and rummage through the woods in search of some of the key edibles we will be searching for, Chanterelle, Porcini, Amethyst Deceivers and Beefsteak Fungus.
• Learn how fungi work, why mushrooms appear where they do and how to pick them safely and sustainably.
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