Field Events

The BMS field events programme consists of a series of short tutor led workshops and longer forays based in a particular location.

Field Meetings and Forays

Forays offer an excellent opportunity for participants who already have some knowledge and experience to find and learn about the fungi in a particular geographic area. The programme includes field outings to collect fungi, at sites that have been pre-selected and contacted for permission. Many participants  return to the workroom when they are ready, to check out their finds using books, microscopes and the help of others. Identified finds are added to a display table to view and discuss. The programme may include lectures or  discussions led by experienced individuals who will also participate in the foray. Records are added to the Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland and samples are contributed to the national collections of fungi at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as other fungaria. 

BMS Workshops 

Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about a particular group of fungi in a small group, classroom style environment with a tutor chosen not only for their mycology expertise but also for their skills in tutoring people with all levels of experience. Workshops are held indoors and combine talks, examination of fresh or dried fungi brought by the tutor, and individual study and tuition as appropriate.  In some cases, a short foray may be included.  Workshops usually involve microscopy, and attendees are asked to bring their own microscopes and other equipment. (Some equipment may be provided, depening on the level of the workshop - please check the event details).  Numbers are limited, usually to no more than 25 participants.

Local groups

In addition to the events organised by the BMS, local affiliated Recording Groups have their own programmes of events.  These are suited to various levels. Local groups are the ideal first contact point for beginners and those new to mycology. 

Diversity and Equality

All meetings will adhere to the BMS policy on Diversity and Equality