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Fungi Identification Day in Forest Row
A beginner and intermediate day of discovery
Mentored by Fergus DrennanMentor summary: Fergus the Forager
For ages: 18+ years
When you arrive
Beginning at 9.30 am and concluding around 1.30 pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). Drawing on my 30-year experience of identifying and gathering fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. You will taste a number of different mushroom products during the day, for example, canied fungi, pickled fungi, lacto-fermented fungi, liquid mushroom seasoning, mushroom cookies etc. Note: Covid 19 course adaptions. Places are limited to allow for ease of maintaining personal distance. H...
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For Curious children
In terms of non-food related fungi uses, whether you have children or not, such an added exploration is a really positive way to introduce fungi to them, bypassing the mycophobic culture of fear that abides in British culture. We will also work with some excellent fungi identification keys, as well as be introduced to a range of guide books. Much of fungi identification using the naked eye rather than microscopes (that is, identification in the field metaphorically and literally) is about a balance of probabilities that point to a particular species. The keys that we will use are excellent ones that, if used, will greatly aid your on-going confidence in beginning to accurately and systematically correctly identify a particular fungus down to genus level whilst out on your own. Provided for use on the day: Gloves, baskets, mushroom keys, hand lens.
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Location tbc (but here or near by), Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX
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• No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.