Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre - Caernarfon, LL55 1UE
Plas Menai is the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. Their brochure says ''It offers outdoor activities, sailing courses, power-boating, windsurfing, kayaking and much more. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea on the banks of the Menai Strait. The award winning building of Plas Menai has superb facilities with modern conference rooms and recently refurbished en-suite bedrooms''.
We will be visiting a wide variety of habitats both on Anglesey and in the Snowdonia National Park. Anglesey has some very good fens, woodland, grassland and there are excellent dune systems at Newborough Warren and at Aberffraw. There are some good woodlands close to the Menai Straits, and the Snowdonia National Park offers many wooded river ravines with numerous waterfalls creating humid environments that make these nature reserves a great place for finding ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi.
Geoffrey Kibby has studied fungi for over 50 years in Britain, Europe and North America and is the author of numerous field guides and text books on fungi. For the past 16 years he has been the Senior Editor of the journal Field Mycology, published by the British Mycological Society and is a popular lecturer and teacher on identifying and studying fungi.