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Course: Woodland Fungi

Location: near Wotton-under-Edge, (directions given on booking)
Do you know a deathcap from an earthstar? Experienced tutor Dr Lee Heyward of Cotswold Fungus Group will introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi.

Friendly and informative, the course covers fungal lifestyles, identifying and recording this bizarre kingdom.

Event details


9:30am to 4pm
A static map of Course: Woodland Fungi

About the event

Enter a new realm of bizarre shapes, colours and smells - how about crab, coconut or aniseed? Learn how fungi are essential to all life on earth, and their secret relationships with plants. After an illustrated introduction to fungal basics you will get the chance to investigate strange and beautiful woodland fungi at a hidden gem nature reserve.

As well as practical experience of identifying and recording the species you find, there will be time for photographing these wonderful organisms.

"Subject was riveting” “Such a lot to take in – has inspired me to go further” from 2018


  • Location: near Wotton-under-Edge (directions given on booking)
  • Tutor: Lee Heyward
  • Date : Friday 18th October 2019
  • Times: 09:30 – 16.00
  • In association with
  • Level: Open to All
  • Price: £49

Course expectations

By the end of the course you will have covered key aspects of fungi identification and ecology; use of characteristics, guides and keys to identify your finds; how to record and share your sightings and how to get involved in fungi forays locally. Please note that while we may find edible fungi, accurately identifying fungi to eat is outside the scope of this course.

About the Tutor

Dr Lee Heyward is a Foray Leader with Cotswold Fungus Group, the UK’s largest local fungus group. After 15 years of study Lee is still awestruck by the importance of fungi to all life on earth, their beauty, their ingenious methods of reproduction, and their sheer kookiness.


09.15 : Registration and refreshments

09.30 : Welcome and introductions

09.45 : Indoor session: Introduction to Fungi

11.15 : Beginning Field Identification.

12.30 : Lunch (note: bring packed lunch.)

13.15 : Practicing Field Identification – into the wood

14.45 : Further into the woods

15.30 : Discussion and review of the day

16.00 : Course ends

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may change according to the weather, group requirements or wildlife factors.

What we provide

  • All equipment and hand lenses
  • Light refreshments
  • Course pack
  • Relevant guide books
  • Certificate of Attendance

What to Bring


  • Weather appropriate outdoor clothing (we advise clothing to cover arms, legs and feet).
  • Appropriate outdoor footwear with good grip.
  • A packed lunch and water.


  • Notebook and pencil
  • Camera with macro setting.
  • Field guides and hand lenses if you have any.

Useful Guides

Holden & Hamper (2003) FSC Fold-out Chart - Fungi Identification Chart

Marcel Bon (1987) Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and North-West Europe

Denys Ovenden, Chris Shields and Stefan Buczacki (2013) Collins Fungi Guide

Meeting point/Location

Full details of this beautiful location will be sent on booking

Accessibility and Health

If you have relevant medical or access requirements please let us know when booking.

Field tuition is approximately 4 hours on often rough, muddy and steep terrain.

Please contact course organiser Ellen Winter for more details - we are happy to work with you to facilitate attendance wherever possible.

Further Information

Cotswold Fungus Group are a thriving, well supported group of fungi enthusiasts covering East Gloucestershire and the Northern end of Wiltshire. They have one of the largest memberships of any fungi group in the UK.

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£49 per person

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