The BMS field events programme consists of a series of short tutor led workshops and longer forays based in a particular area. If you have not been on one before give it a try! You will be most welcome.
In addition to the events organised by the BMS each local affiliated group has a programme of events which can be found by looking at the local group pages.
Forays give an excellent opportunity for participants, whatever their experience, to find and learn about the fungi found in a particular area. Participants can be be resident, part time or attend on a daily basis. Although there is a programme of daily field outings to collect fungi participants are very much free to join in or follow their own activity. Many will return to the workroom at some point to check out their finds using the foray books, microscopes and the help of others. This activity will often continue late into the evening or the early morning! Once the finds are identified they are laid out on the display table for others to see. Although there is only a limited programme of formal lectures the forays provide an excellent learning environment for those interested in fungi at any level of expertise. The records of fungi made during BMS forays are added to the Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland which is then accessible on the web. Additionally forays provide an opportunity to provide herbarium specimens for the National collections of fungi at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as other herbaria. The evening concludes with a discussion around the display table of the interesting finds of the day.
Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about a particular group of fungi in a classroom style environment with a tutor chosen not only for their expertise but also because of their skills in helping anyone whatever their level of expertise. The workshops are usually held over a weekend, are mainly indoors and combine talks, examination of fresh or dried fungi brought by the tutor and individual study and tuition as appropriate. Part of this involves the use of a microscope and although most bring their own it is usually possible to provide one along with help for those wanting to try their hands at this skill. In some cases a short foray may be part of the workshop. Numbers are limited, usually to around 25 participants, which means the courses are often quickly booked up.
The Society is keen to encourage new participants with an interest in fungi to extend their expertise and participate in its forays and workshops. It is also a wonderful opportunity for anyone who lives near a foray venue to come along and see what happens. The organisers provide help and encouragement to new or less experienced attendees and are happy to be approached to discuss your particular needs. The organisers are keen to foster a friendly atmosphere to make it possible for all participants whatever their level of expertise to experience a friendly, informative and enjoyable event. Grants are available to help young (less that 25) people attend these events.
Details of events held by non BMS affiliated organisations can be found on this page.
All meetings will adhere to the BMS policy on Diversity and Equality