Kingussie Fungus weekend
Kingussie’s Fungus event at the weekend was a resounding success with a healthy attendance at both the Friday evening talk and on the Saturday “fungal foray”.
Our local mycologist Ern Emmett, a leading member of the British Mycological Society, gave an interesting talk on his experiences of field trips in Scandinavia and across Europe. He explained the background to what makes the study of fungi so fascinating and described their vital role for trees and the environment.
The fungal foray event kicked off on Saturday at 11am on a cloudless sunny day and once equipped with wax paper bags for specimens everyone set off in the hope of finding one or two interesting fungi for Ern to identify later on. In the end and even though 2013 has been far from a vintage year it became clear that the Kingussie woods are teaming with fungi of many types. The baskets were quickly filled with specimens large and small, the children in particular proving most enthusiastic in uncovering unexpected mushrooms from under moss and tree trunks. October it might be but lunch was eaten as the optimists had hoped, out on the hillside in the warm midday sun.
Later on back at the Talla nan Ros the various discoveries were spread out over 3 entire tables. The group were able to identify many of these and in particular discussed the differences between chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) and false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis auriantiaca) and the characteristic identifiers for cep (Boletus edulis) and other bolete specimens. Also discussed were Russulas, milkcaps, polypores and fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). A microscope was on hand to give everyone a closer look, there was advice on storing edible mushrooms and there was even a demonstration of how to dry edible mushrooms using a frying pan.
It was a great event, let’s hope there will be a repeat next year!