Leicestershire Fungi Study Group

Website Leicestershire Fungi Study Group
Contact Richard Iliffe
Area Vice-county 55 comprising the two counties of Leicestershire and Rutland
Details We hold between 12 and 16 forays each year, usually on Sunday morning but occasionally on Saturday afternoon or on a mid-week afternoon, mostly during August to November, but with a spring meeting in April. We arrange 9 evening indoor meetings from August to May, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. In the autumn these are mostly on identification of fresh specimens, including demonstrating microscope techniques. In the winter-spring period we hold talks on a range of technical subjects, with occasional social evenings.

Our forays are all led by one or two experienced leaders who spend most of their time helping less experienced members to identify the finds. We encourage complete beginners to attend and as we are a sociable group, which remains together on a foray, they are quickly made welcome and absorbed into the Group. Our forays are for members only. We welcome visitors but only if pre-arranged and invited by a member. We do not welcome casual members of the public or family groups as they can be too demanding on the leader’s time. Also they would not be covered by our public liability insurance policy. We discourage dogs on forays but in some cases they have been permitted provided they are kept on a short lead. We discourage collecting of edible fungi as most of our forays are to protected sites, but we pay special attention to helping members to identify the edible and poisonous species. Our Group organises up to 6 public walks each year for local authorities, the local Wildlife Trust, or charitable societies, which are solely devoted to educating individuals and family groups, with special attention paid to encouraging and entertaining small children.
Access The field events in our programme are all held on terrain which is not suitable for either wheelchairs or pushchairs.