Foray Programme

We are still finalising the 2012 programme. However we do have a the below activity.

Spring Fungi in the Forest of Dean

Fungi play a fundamental part in the diversity of wildlife but their identification is often difficult, especially the less well known species found earlier in the year, often specifically associated with plants.

For the last two years we held a course on Spring Fungi in the Forest of Dean. I am delighted that Kerry Robinson has agreed to act as tutor again for our third year of this popular course. In 2012 it will be held from Saturday 14th April to Saturday 21st April and will again be based at 1 Hazeldene, Parkend in the heart of the Royal Forest (see www.deanholidays.co.uk). Kerry is a very experienced mycologist and natural historian whose knowledge of fungi is internationally known and respected. 1 Hazeldene is used for several of the British Mycological Society's forays and will provide a workroom, projection facilities for talks and books on fungi for use during the course.

Looking at fungi in the spring is very different from the typical autumn foray searching for larger mushrooms and toadstools. In the spring, attention is more likely to focus on the tiny (but nonetheless intricate and beautiful) cup fungi and other species found on twigs, leaves and other material associated with plants. So, one learns about the plants as well as the fungi that associate, often very specifically, with them.

The course will be ideal for those with an interest in natural history and conservation, and will demonstrate the great diversity of fungal species to be found in the fields, forests and wildlife reserves of Britain. Suitable for beginners to the subject, it will provide a gentle introduction to the use of the microscope with these species. Those attendees who have microscopes are encouraged to bring them.

Finds will be set out on a display table, so everyone can see them, and the course will also cover photographing finds and handling images on computer - a disc with some of the more interesting finds of the week will be given to participants to take home for future reference.

Activities and accommodation will be mainly based at 1 Hazeldene, with some overflow accommodation in adjacent B&B. The number of places on the course is limited and early booking is essential. To book your place, please contact me (derek@deanholidays.co.uk). The price of the week's residential course is £235 per person, sharing, £355 single; as before, materials will be provided for a cereal/toast breakfast. Packed lunch & dinner is extra and dinners will be taken at a nearby Restaurant/Inn. When a place is confirmed, we will ask for a deposit of £67.50, the balance to be paid by 18th February.

Information can also be found at www.deanholidays.co.uk.