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Last Fungi Foray this Season

November 3rd, 2013

Join us on our last Fungi Foray of 2013 on Sunday 10 November at 1000. Learn about fungi and foraging in Jersey bush walk. Details

Fungi Foray Sunday 27 October

October 16th, 2013

Join us on our Fungi Foray. Sunday 27 October at 1000-1230. More dates are listed here.

Fungi foray guided walks

October 23rd, 2012

Next foray in search of wild Mushrooms and Toadstools  in Jersey: Weds 31 October 1000-1230 is now fully booked. Details.  Spaces on Sunday 4 & 11 Nov. Hope to add an extra date so please call us.

Fungi foray guided walks in Jersey

October 23rd, 2012
Lookng for Fungi in the woods in Jersey

The search is on

We’ve teamed up with an old school friend Nick Aubin to start guiding Fungi forays in search out wild mushrooms and toadstools in Jersey.

The difference between a Mushroom and Toadstool is not clear. The term gets used interchangeably. A rough guide is the nicer ones get called Mushrooms while the ugly ones are referred to Toadstools!

It’s not a foraging event as frankly the identification of fungi that is safe and not safe to eat is a lot more tricky than I’d thought. Get it wrong and you could get very very ill (or worse). Nick is a very keen Mycologist so he gets called in by the local hospital whenever someone arrives with suspected fungi poisoning. Just chatting with him about the complexities of identification a pretty good reason to look but not eat.

Fungi walks in Jersey

Fungi forays in the JEP

In the short time of the guided walk it’s not really feasible to teach you the skills to safely forage for edible fungi in Jersey. Sadly, unlike in France and Europe, local pharmacists are not trained to be able to identify fungi. This is one of the reasons why you often see window displays in French chemists to help people safely identify local fungi.

Most of us just ignore fungi, but the more you learn the more fascinating the fungi kingdom is. There are over 6000 species and many are hard to identify. Around 600 fungi have been identified in Jersey.

What makes the walks fun is that it is quite possible you might find some rare specimens. Also, the areas we walk in are full of history. Just need to be prepared to get a bit muddy and observe and photograph.

The walks are a bit limited to the seasons. We may have been complaining about the very wet summer but for the mycologist this is a prefect opportunity this year to find many different varieties of fungi in Jersey.

Our local newspaper published a great feature on our guided fungi walks in Jersey with Nick. More dates are listed on our web-page. So long as it stays nice and damp we hope to organise more walks during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months in Jersey.

Derek Hairon

New guided walk in Jersey:Fungi Forays

October 8th, 2012


Guided walks to discover the autumnal beauty of fungi in Jersey.

Beefsteak fungus in Jersey

Beefsteak fungus (Fistulina hepatica)

Discover these mysterious organisms which form an essential part of the ecosystem and are often overlooked because of their small size. Without fungi fallen tree trunks would take hundreds of years to decay and many facets of life would be impossible.

The Kingdom of Fungi comes in many forms ranging from familiar mushrooms to brewer’s yeasts, the mould that grows on rotting fruit and the infection that causes athlete’s foot.

Fungi are found in every habitat and in a multitude of amazing shapes and colours from the beautiful to the darn-right ugly and smelly.

Walk with Nick Aubin, an enthusiastic local expert and Chairman of the local Mycology group. Observe some of the larger fungi to be found in Jersey.

Hear about the myths and legends of fungi along with the local history of the area.

October 2012

14 October Sunday 14.00

31 October Wednesday 10.00


4 November Sunday 10.00

11 November Sunday 10.00

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