Fungus Foray in Barcaldine this Sunday

You are invited by the recently formed Clyde and Argyll Fungus group to join them in a fungus foray to Barcaldine this weekend Sunday the 29th August,  in association with Seil Natural History Group.

The foray will be led by Dick Peebles of the CAFG and Carl Farmer of Seil Natural History Group and they would be keen to meet as many of Argyll’s mycophiles as possible.

Dick Peebles  says “There are some fabulous fungi in Argyll, including some rarities of national importance. Another major objective of the foray is to try to track down some of these in an area which has been notoriously under-recorded over the years. Of course we will also find a nice array of edible delicacies – and forayers will be welcome to collect for that special breakfast omelette!”

The morning session will be at Sutherland’s Grove, an area of extensive conifer plantation with a bit of old oak, beech and birchwood thrown in, meeting up at the car park at 10.30 am, this is an area of extensive conifer plantation with a bit of old oak, beech and birchwood thrown in.

The afternoon session will be in Glen Creran, meeting at Elleric Car park at 2.30pm.  This natural and semi-natural forests of Glen Creran was where last year’s highlight was the discovery of Phellodon confluens, a tooth-fungus described on the UK Red-Data list as “endangered”.

Dick Peebles says “No fewer than three of my mates have found Horn of Plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides) in Glen Creran, but this species has eluded me at this location so I will be bringing along a bottle of wine as a prize for the forager who finds it and puts me out of my misery!”

You can do one or both of these sessions.

They are welcoming all comers — from the enthusiastic beginner to the experienced mycologist.

If there are lots of people then the foray may be divided into two activities : – those with no knowledge being introduced to the delights of our local fungi, and those who really know their stuff doing some serious ecology. Hopefully meeting up at the end of the day to compare notes.

Being a new group, they are offering free membership for the first year, to be reviewed at the AGM in April 2011.

useful details : –

Date of Foray: Sunday 29th August 2010

First meeting place: Sutherland’s Grove car park (NM965421 OS map 49)
First meeting time: 10:30am

Second meeting place: Elleric car park, Glen Creran (NN036488 OS map 50)
Second meeting time: 2:30pm

To bring: Warm and waterproof clothing (just in case!), sturdy boots or wellies, packed lunch and the usual optional foraying accessories (field guides, hand lenses etc.) I will have a supply of sprays and creams for those who do not wish to be on the menu for the local ticks and midges.

Terrain: Easy to moderate at both locations. If, as hoped, there are plenty of fungi then we will not need to cover great distances.

From Dick again : – “Participants are welcome to join us for the either the morning or afternoon foray, or both. Children are most welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or suitable guardian. I am delighted that local botanical expert and mycologist Carl Farmer will be co-leading the forays with me, and hope that he will be able to suggest a suitable hostelry for our toast to Hopkirk at the end of the day!

See you there, happy hunting!”

August 23, 2010   Posted in: Barcaldine, Community, Creran, Environment, Nature

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