Join a local fungus group
If you’re fanatical about fungi, then why not get involved with a group of like-minded people, to get up close and personal with the fungi in your area.
Field research into fungi across the UK is hugely dependent on volunteers and field mycologists. You will be joining a rich tradition of scientific voluntary work, which is still so dependent on people’s time and passion for the subject.
The British Mycological Society (BMS), Recording Network
The BMS was founded in 1896 to promote the scientific study of fungi in all their diversity. It is a membership organisation that welcomes amateurs and academics alike.
The BMS supports a network of Local Fungus Recording Groups. These groups are run on a voluntary basis by enthusiasts seeking to share their knowledge of wild fungi and improve members’ identification skills. They provide a welcoming environment for new members to enjoy exploring the world of fungi.
There are currently 37 groups across the UK. Search the list to see if there is one in your area.
You can also visit the BMS Facebook page which has information about what's happening across the network and links to local groups' Facebook pages.
The British Lichen Society (BLS)
Lichen are “stable symbiotic associations between a fungus and algae and/or cyanobacteria”. That is, they are part fungi, part other type of algae or bacteria. If you are more interested in lichen than fungi then the British Lichen Society is for you!
Started in 1963 to promote the study, enjoyment and conservation of lichens, the society runs field meetings at various sites across the UK. Information on these events and how to get involved are available on their website.
The Fungus Conservation Trust (formerly Association of British Fungus Groups)
The Fungus Conservation Trust was started in 1996 to encourage the pursuit of amateur mycology. It is made up of individual members, that either join one of the Trust’s groups or foray (go in search of fungi) on their own.
Groups are not promoted on the website, so if you would like to get involved, visit their website and contact them directly.