Venue: Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET

Venue website: Northern College

Tutor: Carol Hobart

Dates: Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sept 2017

Accommodation: En-suite single and double accommodation is available.

Cost: See booking form pdf.gif- This course is subsidised by the BMS

Aims of the course

The aim of this course will be to guide you through the steps in identification. Specifically working with you on developing your microscopic identification skills. We will cover slide preparation, the chemicals and stains that you can use; as well as linking what you see to more advanced identification, using keys both to genera and down to species level. Places are limited to ensure a friendly group atmosphere and plenty of personal help.


Caroline Hobart is an active member of the British Mycological Society. She has been a council member on a number of occasions, was foray manager for five years and is presently chair of the Field and Conservation Committee. Carol designed and organised the BMS Chelsea flower show displays in 2008 (awarded a Lindley silver gilt medal) and in 2009 (awarded the coveted gold medal), she was awarded the society's Benefactor Medal in 2014. Carol was a lecturer in Art and Design, but also ran a very successful part time level 1 accredited course "An Introduction to Mushrooms and Toadstools" at the University of Sheffield from 2001- 2009. She has done survey work for the National Trust at Calke Abbey, Keddleston Hall and the Devonshire estate at Chatsworth as well as work for Natural England. She has led forays in the Yorkshire area and for East Riding county council and publishes regularly in Field Mycology and occasionally in other journals. She is specifically interested in the underground fungi that grow in the UK. She has run four previous introductory courses in the Forest of Dean. Carol attended fungal identification classes for a number of years in the mid 1980's with Dr Tony Lyon at the University of Sheffield so understands the difficulties faced by the beginner.


Northern College has one of the most beautiful and impressive settings in the north of England. It is located at Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, just three and a half miles from Barnsley town centre. Wentworth Castle was the home of the Earls of Strafford during the 18th century, when most of the existing buildings on the site were built, and the gardens and surrounding park were designed. The main house is a Grade 1 listed building of outstanding historical importance and is surrounded by the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire.
Its thirty-eight acres of grounds and gardens are of outstanding botanical and environmental interest. The gardens contain many varieties of rhododendron, camellia, magnolia and other Asiatic flowering plants, as well as native European species, and in May and June each year their dazzling blooms attract many visitors. Together with the surrounding park and woodland, they make up an important habitat for birds, insects, small mammals, fungi and wildflowers.

Fungal identification skills workshop