Introduction to Fungi

Sat, 25/11/2017 - 9:30am - Sun, 26/11/2017 - 4:30pm

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Sat, 25/11/2017 - 9:30am - Sun, 26/11/2017 - 4:30pm

Due to popular demand, we are running the course again!

Come and explore the fascinating kingdom of Fungi. From towering toadstools down to microscopic filaments of mycelium, this course will explore the diversity of form and function that these important organisms display.

About the course

We will cover the biology and some of the ecological roles and symbioses that Fungi form, to aid as a platform for understanding their life cycles and which habitats they can be found in.

The course will focus on field identification skills and the terminology necessary to correctly distinguish different forms and parts of specimens. We will also look at the use of compound microscopes and the literature that is required for accurate study.

 Image (left) Mixed fungi (c) Joe McSorley

The first day of the course will cover the biology and ecology, and we will go out on a field trip to discover a range of species in the wild, to bring back for further identification.

The second day of the course will focus on common genera of Fungi, using keys, field chemical tests and use of microscopes.


Rich Wright. Rich has had a long standing fascination with the world of Fungi, first starting out as a forager nearly 20 years ago. Since then he has studied and worked in cultivation of edible species integrating them into edible landscapes. He has been a member of the British Mycological Society for 5 years and regularly goes on their study weeks and field trips. He also studied Field Ecology at Aberystwyth University LLP. Rich was chairman for the Glamorgan Fungus Group, and is regularly involved with education about Fungi through a number of adult courses and through work with the Justin Smith Trust. He currently works for Avon Wildlife Trust as the project officer for Feed Bristol, and as freelance designer and tutor.

Avon Wildlife Trust's Field Ecology Programme 

This course is being delivered as part of Avon Wildlife Trust’s Field Ecology Programme for 2017. The courses are aimed at students, practicing ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.

The course will be delivered at our Feed Bristol project which is a 6 acre community food growing hub and native wildflower nursery. This is an education and community enterprise centre which champions conservation and ecology in a food growing setting.

Each course will provide a thorough introduction to the group’s biology, ecology and diversity within the Bristol area.

References and help with understanding relevant literature and practical activities teaching basic field survey techniques will also be covered. Some courses will also include field trips to local sites of interest. These courses will aid participants in forming a strong foundation, to take on to further study, or for professional development.

Special offer for enthusiastic learners

Thank you so much to the Justin Smith Foundation for sponsoring two places on the Introduction to Fungi course. 

Please be aware that these places have now been filled. 

Course booking 


Venue location

Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB

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Saturday 25th November 2017
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Starting at £60 for two days
Feed Bristol
Avon Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Feed Bristol,
BS16 1HB
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