About us


Our members are all amateur enthusiasts who want to broaden their interest in fungi and to help with their conservation as they come under an increasing threat from the depletion of our woodlands and forests. Our goals are to: Observe, Identify, Record, Protect & Educate

Fungus Identification Group

We are a local fungi recording group affiliated to the British Mycological Society. We have about 30 members with a wide range of experience and skills, who share a particular interest in fungi and foraying for fungi. Some of us have microscopes and reference books to help with identification, some like to photograph fungi and others prefer to enjoy looking at, and sometimes putting a name to, fungi in the field. Although some of us enjoy eating fungi, as a group this is not our focus. We are also mindful that our forays are often on private land, having obtained permission from the landowner. In these cases picking for eating is often not allowed.

We are always pleased to see newcomers.  If you ever wanted an answer to the question “What are fungi?”, you couldn’t come to a better group. Why not come along to a foray and see what we do?  We are happy to welcome new members at all levels of expertise, including children accompanied by an adult.  (But if you want to bring a dog, you should check with the leader beforehand.) If you are interested in joining our group, download the form on the Join page. If you have any questions you can email us at info@hertfordshirefungusgroup.org

Thinking About Eating Fungi? Heed This Warning

There are many types of fungi which can be eaten safely, but there are also some extremely poisonous species. There is NO simple method by which poisonous species can be distinguished from edible ones. It cannot be emphasised strongly enough that unfamiliar fungus specimens should NOT be eaten unless they have been identified carefully and with absolute certainty by a competent mycologist. Even with familiar species, it is important to ensure material is fresh and in good condition if it is to be eaten.

Recent posts

Sandy siltball

The strange fungus Battarrea phalloides was found near Ware in early December.  Previously very rare, it is now turning up...
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Sandy siltball

Sandy RSPB reserve meeting – changed arrangements

This year, at the request of the RSPB, this meeting is for HBFG members only, and pre-booking with Alan Outen...
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Sandy RSPB reserve meeting – changed arrangements

A new Beds record

The group found Mycena rhenana on an old alder cone at Flitwick Moor last weekend, which is a new species...
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A new Beds record

Autumn programme

Our autumn programme was sent to members recently, and can be seen in the calendar.
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Autumn programme

A late spring species to look out for

You may like to keep an eye out for a spring fungus that seems to be doing well this year...
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A late spring species to look out for

Beautiful Lepiota

This beautiful fungus, Lepiota ochraceofulva (no English name), was found by Margaret and Steve under a cedar in south Herts...
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Beautiful Lepiota

Bolete news from Kerry

  Kerry and Glenda have sent me this photo of the fungus they recently found near Cottered - the Iodine bonnet...
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Bolete news from Kerry

I’m very sad to have to cancel our 3 planned spring meetings

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I’m very sad to have to cancel our 3 planned spring meetings

Spring programme now available

Members will recently have received the Spring progamme.  It is also in the calendar.  Newsgroup members will receive an email...
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Spring programme now available

Extra meeting!

I have just added an extra meeting to the calendar, which was not in our programme - field meeting and...
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Extra meeting!