Join Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods and professional mycologist Nev Kilkenny for an immersive afternoon of mycology, mushroom hunting and wild gastronomy in a mushroomy forest in the Scottish highlands.
September is high mushroom season in Scotland and this event is designed to immerse you in all things fungal. This is a chance to explore all aspects of the fungal kingdom in the company of two of the UK’s leading fungi educators. The event is suitable for fungi novices and experienced fungi lovers looking to improve their ID skills and connect more deeply with mycology.
Nev Kilkenny is a widely respected professional mycologist, who trained under the tutelage of Professor Roy Watling at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Nev is involved in many events and projects to raise awareness of the importance of fungi, in association with organisations such as The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, TCV, Plantlife Scotland & Scottish Natural Heritage.
Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods is a passionate mycophile, wild gastronomer and professional wild food educator, who has been teaching about wild mushroom identification and edibility for 30 years. Mark is a font of knowledge and enthusiasm on wild fungi, specialising in making this often daunting subject fun and accessible to novices, while providing solid foundations for a lifetime of discovery, enjoyment and worry-free wild eating. Mark writes widely on this subject and works closely with leading mycologists, landowner/conservation organisations such as The National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage. Mark’s wild mushroom cookins are legendary!
Nev and Mark share a love of the outdoors and the natural world, and their complimentary skills and knowledge will make for a very special afternoon and you will leave with new skills, knowledge and insights into the remarkable world of fungi.
Please note that while both date and location are carefully selected to maximise the potential range of fungi we encounter, it is not possible to guarantee what we will find. Due to the complex nature of fungi and mushroom identification, this event is not recommended for children under 12 years. Dogs by prior arrangement only.
Location: Within 30 minutes drive of Fort Augustus, Lochaber. Ticket holders will be notified of the exact location in the week prior to the event.
Format: Over the course of about 1.5 miles of gentle walking (with lots of stops) over about 4 hours Nev and Mark will lead you on an exploration of the fascinating world of fungi. We may occasionally be on steep or muddy paths, or off paths altogether, so while you needn’t be fit to enjoy the event, you should be comfortable on mixed terrain. Mushroom-themed tasters will be served throughout the walk to illustrate the uses of the fungi we meet. Afterwards we will spend about 1.5 hours laying out and labelling our finds, exploring learning and identification resources and enjoying a wild mushroom cook-in and tasting session.
Topics covered include:
- The important roles fungi plays in nature
- How to go about identifying important families and species of fungi
- How to observe and record key features of fungi
- How to home in on the most rewarding edible species
- How to recognise dangerously poisonous species
- Using fungi in wild cocktails
- Medicinal and utilitarian uses of fungi
- Sustainable harvesting practices
- Preservation and cooking techniques
- Key resources for taking your personal learning forward
- Fungi lore, tales and stories
- Other autumn woodland wild foods
Covid 19 Policy: Please see here for the latest GWF policy around events, social distancing and what happens in the event of cancellation due to C19 . This event is fully risk-assessed and very low risk in terms of transmission.
Further Information: All ticket holders will be emailed full details of our meeting point etc in the week prior to the event. (There is no need to ask for this email – it will be sent!). To ensure you receive the email, follow the instructions that come with your order confirmation.
Equipment required: Stout footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water. It may also add to your enjoyment and learning to bring some or all of: a small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide. Please note that the emphasis in this event is on meeting and learning about a wide range of fungi, not filling baskets with choice edibles.
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