2020 - Sat 19th Sept, Thurs 24th Sept, Sat 3rd Oct, Sun 11th Oct all event will be 10-1pm and another event at 2-5pm to allow for social distancing.
Join us for a mushroom hunt, fungi foray and general Autumn forage to discover the world of mushrooms and fungi in Rochdale on the Greater Manchester / Lancashire border.
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.
Our courses are limited to 14 people as this number allows for a good atmosphere and allows David to get to know what each persons knowledge base is and cater to their needs, whether you are a complete novice to foraging or slightly more experienced we can offer everyone a truly great experience.
Edible Mushrooms (Greater Manchester)
Price - £35pp
Duration - 10am - 1pm or 2 - 5pm
Dates (2020) - Sat 19 Sept 10-1pm or 2-5pm, Thurs 24th Sept 10-1pm or 2-5pm, Sat 3rd Oct 10-1pm or 2-5pm, Sun 11th Oct 10-1pm or 2-5pm
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.
In the event that Discover the Wild has to cancel an event due to extreme weather a full refund will be given. A full refund will also be given if the event for any reason has to be cancelled by Discover the Wild. If you decide you can not make the event then you can be moved on to another event date, but a refund will only be given if Discover the Wild can fill your spaces on the event.