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

See our latest events

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Sandy RSPB reserve meeting 10:00 am
Sandy RSPB reserve meeting
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER: THE LODGE, SANDY RSPB RESERVE BEDS,  10am or 13.30 – FULL DAY FOR THOSE WHO WISH The morning[...]
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Ashridge meeting 10:00 am
Ashridge meeting
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER. ASHRIDGE A classic SSSI site managed by the National Trust, and well studied over many years, comprising[...]
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Broxbourne meeting 10:00 am
Broxbourne meeting
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER : BROXBOURNE WOODS, HERTS Broxbourne Woods is Hertfordshire’s only National Nature Reserve, and has not been visited[...]
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Gobions Wood meeting 10:00 am
Gobions Wood meeting
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER: GOBIONS WOOD, nr BROOKMANS PARK, HERTS A well-studied and excellent site with diverse habitats. The track to[...]
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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

Interesting finds at Gobions Wood

Margaret & Steve had some interesting finds at Gobions Wood in the spring, in spite of the dry conditions.
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Interesting finds at Gobions Wood

Autumn programme now in calendar

Meetings for the rest of the autumn have now been entered into the events calendar (on pc, calendar is bottom right of home page; on tablet / phone, scroll down to bottom).   In some cases you will need to click Read More to see full entry
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Autumn programme now in calendar

Autumn programme

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Autumn programme

Tropical fungus in Beds?

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Tropical fungus in Beds?

Scarlet elf cup time

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Scarlet elf cup time

Interesting corticioid worth looking for on conifer wood

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Interesting corticioid worth looking for on conifer wood

Sign of winter

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Sign of winter

Angels bonnets

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Angels bonnets

Felt saddle

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Felt saddle

Sinuous chanterelle

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Sinuous chanterelle