Welcome to the British Mycological Society

Fungal biology research, conservation and education

Announcing the 2024 Massee Arts Grant awardees

This year's Massee Arts Grant is awarded to two music-themed projects! 

  • 'Walking With Mushrooms' - Sarah Nicholls & Seb Bacon
  • 'Fungi Sessions: Give Voice' - Hannah Read

Read about the projects here

Local fungus groups

Fungus groups exist in many parts of the UK and are run on a voluntary basis by enthusiasts seeking to share their knowledge of fungi and improve identification skills. Groups offer a welcoming environment for newcomers and experts alike.


BMS Talks

Our online talks take place once a month and are open to everyone, at any level of interest or expertise in fungi.  Speakers cover a variety of topics including scientific research, field mycology, art, history and cuture.


BMS grants

BMS offers a number of grants to support work, study, meeting attendance and other activities in fungal biology and field mycology.


Fungal biology research articles

The BMS journals Fungal BiologyFungal Ecology and Fungal Biology Reviews feature the latest scientific research papers and discussions. 

Read about the latest research

Voluntary roles with the BMS

We are seeking individuals to support the development of the Society as members of Council. A number of roles are available, offering opportunities to get involved with different aspects of the Society, working with others to enable the Society to grow and thrive and achieve our mission of promoting fungal science internationally. 

Find out more and how to apply

BMS Awards for mycology

To celebrate and recognise exceptional contributions to mycology, the BMS seeks nominations for the following awards:

  • Early-career researchers who have made an outstanding original scientific contribution to mycology (Berkeley Award)
  • Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to fungal biology research over an extended career (John Webster Award)
  • Those who have made an outstanding contribution to fungal education or outreach (Fungal Outreach Award)
  • Those who have contributed to the advancement of British field mycology (Field Mycology Award)
  • Individuals who have given outstanding service to the Society (BMS Benefactors' Medal)

Nominees may be drawn from any nation and need not be members of the BMS. Deadline for nominations is 31 May. 

More information & how to nominate

Front cover of Field Mycology -  May 2024

Latest issue of Field Mycology - May 2024

Inside this issue - and new to Britain!

  • Above- and below-ground detection of Phellodon secretus, a tooth fungus new to Britain.
  • Russula lapponica: first British records.
  • A new host, Anthoxanthum odoratum, for stripe smut Ustilago striiformis in Britain.

On the cover: Mycena arcangeliana, 2023. Credit: Geoffrey Kibby.

Find out more about Field Mycology

Join the Society

Membership of the BMS is open to all who are interested in promoting, supporting and learning about the world of fungi.

Join now and your membership will be valid until 31 December 2024. Plus, we offer a discounted fee for the first year of a new, Full Membership.

Find out about membership

Get involved with the British Mycological Society


Membership of the BMS is open to all who are interested in promoting, supporting and learning about the world of fungi.

Find out about membership

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An annual celebration of our fungal world.
Next event: 5 October 2024

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What's on

See the programme of BMS conferences, meetings and workshops and other selected mycology-focused events.

Find out about events