Commercial fungi pickers threaten Epping Forest biodiversity
A woodland is being stripped of wild mushrooms by pickers selling them off to restaurants and markets, it is claimed.
The City of London Corporation (CLC) said commercial foragers had been targeting London's Epping Forest.
It said the removal of mushrooms threatened its biodiversity and deprived animals such as deer of a food source.
Ancient trees also rely on fungus to protect their roots, it added.
The corporation, which owns and manages the forest, is warning the fungus pickers that they could be fined or prosecuted for gathering mushrooms, which are protected under Epping Forest byelaws.
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