Sunday, 6 September 2009

Fungal Foray

I must say that, while I lament the lack of a summer this year, I do love Autumn. I love the colours, I love the cold frosty mornings (no doubt soon to come) and I love the foraging!

Yesterday my friends Diane, Hannah and Philippa and I went along on a "Fungal Foray" to learn more about the fascinating world of mushrooms, toadstools and the like, of Taynish National Nature Reserve.
We were under the expert guidance of Liz Holden who is not only an expert mycologist but also proved to be an excellent and enthusiastic tutor.
Despite the rain, there was an excellent turn out and together we explored the woods and wild flower meadows in search of interesting specimens.
The array of colours, smells, textures and tastes (!) were amazing and I learned a great deal.
Such as using this "cobweb" of tissue, called a "cortina" to recognise a poisonous Cortinarius mushroom from the edible blewit.
Despite expert confirmation from both Liz and my SWT collegue Angela, Chris still does not seem to trust these beautiful chanterels that I collected. Ah well, someone will just have to eat them herself :o)


Kane Brides said...

I so can't wait for Autumn to fully kick in and then winter.....Yipppe!!!

Friko said...

Good haul!
We have fungal forays for members of the Shropshire Wildllife Trust, there'll be one any minute now.
I wouldn't dare gather any on my own.

I too love autumn, and everything you say about it, Can't wait to get out with the dog and shuffle through the leaves. The sounds, smells and sights of autumn are magic!

Pondside said...

I'd love to know which is which and which is safe to eat - I'd be out there right now!