Friday, 20 September 2013

Fancy a bit of fungi?

A post from Rebecca, our volunteer member blogger, who is out and about for us this autumn and finding the best events and walks the NT's London and South East region has to offer.
What will you find on your #gbwalk this weekend?  Autumn is mushroom time!  Everywhere we have walked this week seems to have led us to some fabulous looking fungi.  Steeped in folklore, it is difficult not to imagine that pixies live under the gills of a mushroom or that fairies gather around the rings left on a lawn.  Fairy tales aside, they also make a very tasty dish if you are particularly savvy when it comes to identifying them! 
So if like me, you would like to learn which ones could make it into the frying pan or simply like to take a guided walk to find out more about them, then you might like to check out these glorious fungi foray events across London and the South East region over the next couple of weeks:
Runnymede has a Fascinating Fungi - Guided Woodland Walk on 29 September where you can explore Coopers Hill Woods with a local expert who will help you discover the wonderful fungi on show here and guide you through their place in our ecosystem.
At Claremont, expert Sara Shepley will walk you through these woodland finds and tell all about them.
Down on the Isle of Wight, visit the stunning Newtown Nature Reserve and check out the mushrooms there too.  Just call 01983 741020 to find out about fungi events happening there.
Or wander through the wonderful Emmetts Garden armed with an identification sheet and see how many fungi you can find.
Don't forget to check out the details and book where necessary.  Good luck finding those fungi! 

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