Guardswell Grassland Fungi Mondi FULLY BOOKED

Guardswell Grassland Fungi Mondi
Date: Monday, 12 September 2022 
Time: 10:00 am until 16:00
Food: Lunch and refreshments provided
Tutors: Matthew Rooney, Neville Kilkenny and Monica Wilde

A day of focussed fungi identification skills. This takes place in the ancient, grassland habitat around Guardswell Farm. Guardswell is a special habitat as most traditional grassland has been destroyed by intensive or chemical farming. In 2020, we found over 70 grassland species when surveying the farmland. This is a unique opportunity to study grassland fungi species in one location.


We will spend the morning out looking for fungi and collecting specimens. After a lovely lunch, we will lay out and discuss all the fungi encountered. We will cover how one identifies them, which are considered the best edibles (or medicinals) and the perils of collecting those that aren’t. We will take you through using mycological keys, look at spores through the microscope and discuss identification at the spore level. We will also demonstrate easy chemical identification techniques. 
There are several tutors so we can work in groups, so everyone will have plenty of time to ask questions and enjoy the day. Your tutors have a wide range of experience between them.
Matthew Rooney is a botanical and mycological surveyor, and foraging teacher. He grew native British mushrooms commercially for 25 years and, with his brother, discovered a British reishi mushroom Ganoderma lucidum var. Rooney. Matthew also teaches mushroom cloning and cultivation techniques. He is especially keen to promote rewilding mushrooms to preserve and increase their native range. He is a member of the British Mycological Society.
Neville Kilkenny trained as a mycologist under Professor Roy Watling at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where he is a Research Associate. He is a member of the British Mycological Society, The Fungus Conservation Trust, and an honorary life member of The Danish Mycological Society. His main focus is conservation, understanding the diversity and ecological needs of fungi, and educating people regarding their role in our ecosystems and in our everyday lives. 
Monica Wilde is a foraging teacher and research herbalist. She teaches the medicinal mushroom segment on the Royal Botanic Garden’s Herbology Diploma course and lectures for the UK Medicinal Mushroom Conference. She is a founding member of the Association of Foragers, a member of the British Mycological Society and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Monica is also the author of ‘The Wilderness Cure’, a book recording a year of living only on wild food and our relationship with nature.
This is a one-off opportunity this year so book your day-off-work well in advance and we look forward to seeing you there!