Fungi Forage West Fife Saturday 01 Oct 2022

£50.00

Learn to forage with wild fungi expert, Matthew Rooney (bio below). Find out how to identify common fungi and tell them apart from their poisonous cousins! Discover their use as wild foods, medicinal mushrooms and sample their unusual tastes. How does the moon and weather influence them? This is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour foraging walk with a further 1/2 to 1 hour labelling specimen and examining the identification table at the end. Small group with expert tuition. Covers identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, health benefits and folklore. 

Time: Meeting from 09:15 for a 09:30 start. Course finishes at 13:30 to 14:00

Venue: West Fife. Directions can be downloaded or will be sent after booking. 

Maximum group size is 12 (very occasionally up to 14). Gift vouchers for walks with Monica Wilde will be honoured on this course.

We will be outdoors and able to keep a distance from each other to avoid Covid-19 transmission. However, please bring a mask in case there are times when 2 metres cannot be observed. Please do not come if you have symptoms of Covid or have been in contact with an infected or quarantining person. If the walk has to be cancelled due to government lockdown restrictions, you will be able to transfer this ticket to a future walk or get a refund. Please read the small print!

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Description

This course will be taught by Matt Rooney.

Matthew has also taught groups about identification techniques of plants and fungi and foraging for wild edible species for many years. He sees the current interest in wild food species as an opportunity to ignite a deeper interest in plants, fungi and our natural environment. He is a Member of the Association of Foragers and a Member of the British Mycological Society. 

Matthew Rooney

Professionally, Matthew is a botanical surveyor and ecological consultant with a specialism in fungi. He qualified as an ecologist with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Ecology from the University of Ulster, then worked as a botanical surveyor specialising in freshwater ecology in Scotland, then coastal and inland waterways. He also spent 25 years developing expertise in cultivating, cloning and propagating native wild mushrooms. Matthew’s interest in plants, ecology and fungi merged in the field of mycoremeditation. Matthew also runs courses on growing and propagating mushrooms – both native, wild species and commercial, indoor varieties.