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Fungi Walks and Meetings

Unless otherwise stated, walks start at 10.00 am, and finish around 1.00 pm.

Our walks are arranged for members of the group apart from our annual UK Fungus Day Display on the first Saturday in October which is a public event (see details below). If you’d like to come to a particular walk but are not yet a member, joining is very cheap and very easy: just click here. All are most welcome - especially families - and no previous experience is needed.

If weather conditions are bad (very windy, frosty or snowy) it would be wise to check with the leader before setting out.

Disclaimer - The Grid Reference given for each event is as accurate as we can make it and may not be at the exact location of the meeting place but should get you within a few hundred yards. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the Grid Reference and link to OpenStreetMap is correct BFG excepts no liability should you get lost.

For guidelines and useful information about our fungi walks click here

Print Programme (Only valid at time of printing. Always check website for latest information)

Date 2019 Event
Saturday, March 16th Wotton House Estate (privately owned). For Report and List click here
Sunday, April 28th Hockeridge Wood (Royal Forestry Society). For Report and List click here
Sunday, June 9th Annual General Meeting 2019
Sat/Sun, August 24th/25th Rushbeds Wood For Reports and List click here
Sunday, September 1st Wotton House Estate For Reports and List click here
Saturday, September 14th Hodgemoor Woods (SSSI - Forestry Commision). This is one of the larger remaining areas of broadleaved Chiltern woodland, with ancient oak, beech and hornbeam coppice, a diverse mix of trees and some conifer plantation - a favourite and long-established foray site. Meet at SU 967 939. Turn east off the A355 2 miles south of Amersham, opposite the Harte and Magpies, into Bottrells Lane. The large carpark is about 1 mile on your right. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Sunday, September 22nd Moorend Common (SSSI  - Lane End Parish Council). This comprises 21 hectares and is one of the few areas of acid grassland in the county with a number of associated scarce plants. In recent years the woodland has been opened out to create more acid grassland. Meet at SU 798 906 parking sensitively near the Prince Albert pub. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Saturday, September 28th Kings Wood, Tylers Green (Chepping Wycombe Parish Council). A new site for the group though frequented by Penny over the last 15 years, this large area of ancient urban woodland boasts a good mix of trees with over 200 species of flowering plants, over 30 species of birds, also over 200 species of fungi. Meet at SU 893 942 in the small carpark at the bottom of Kingswood Road, a continuation of St. John’s Road which leads north west off New Road in Tylers Green. (NB not to be confused with Kingswood Avenue!) Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, September 29th
NB 1.00 start
Naphill Common Joint with Friends of Naphill Common. This will be the fourth time we’ve held our very popular and successful annual fixture here, organised by members Jackie and Justin for their friends together with BFG members and Friends of Naphill Common. Derek and Penny will be joined by our usual line-up of guest leaders, all exceptional field mycologists: Richard Fortey - author and TV presenter, Geoffrey Kibby - author of numerous fungi books and editor of the magazine Field Mycology, and Mario Tortelli. Attendees (last year there were over 100!) will be split into groups to be expertly led round to cover as much of this large woodland site as we can; we then reassemble back at Naphill Village Hall at 3pm for refreshments with a display of our finds and a lively and entertaining ‘Show and tell’ session by our prestigious team. Meet at SU846 969 in the Naphill Village Hall car park, near the crossroads. N.B. Start time is 1.00pm prompt. Afterwards all are cordially invited back to Jackie and Justin’s house at 35 Lexham Gdns, Amersham, HP6 5JP for a party.
Saturday, October 5th
Open to the public
from 11.00 till 4.00
National Fungus Day Public Display at Aylesbury County Museum, Church Street, HP20 2QP. For this predigious public event we shall again be needing as much support as possible from members. Open to the public from 11am till 4pm, there will be not only fresh local fungi on display but also a microscope and sporeprint corner run by Derek, a large TV monitor showing members’ photos of over 500 species which occur in the county, a fungus-based activity area for children run by member / museum employee Mike Palmer, banners, leaflets, posters and much more! We shall be setting up on the morning, so please bring in any specimens you can collect at around 9.30 and/or volunteer to come and chat to the public during the day – if you can spare even and hour or two it would be much appreciated. If you can’t make it on the day but can collect for us the day before, you can deliver your finds to Penny’s house anytime – she lives near Chinnor. Nice collections of anything - even common things - are really welcome and don’t need to be identified or labelled. (Please contact Penny with offers of help.)
Sunday, October 6th Burnham Beeches (SSSI - Corporation of London). An outstanding example of ancient Beech woodland with an extensive list of interesting and rare species, this is now recognised as a site of national and arguably international importance for fungi. Meet at SU 954 850 at Victoria Cross near the café. N.B. Dogs on leads only. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Tuesday, October 8th Whipsnade Zoo joint with the Herts & Beds Fungi Group and Beds Natural History Society. This is the third year BFG members have the opportunity to participate in this event.  Leader: Alan Outen. NB: Please note that if you’d like to attend you need to pre-book with Alan Outen (alanouten@virginmedia.com) by 9am on Thurs 3rd October. Park in the free zoo car park and then assemble as a group outside the main pedestrian entrance. Access to the zoo will be free. Depending on numbers there will be a zoo vehicle and possibly some cars available to transport attendees quickly to likely areas around the park, some of which may well be areas not normally open to the public, finishing up in the Butterfly house where hopefully some synanthropic species will be in evidence. It is NOT possible just to turn up on the day. NO DOGS.
Sunday, October 13th Pulpit Hill and Grangelands (National Trust / Bucks Co. Co.) A popular site with walkers and one we’ve not visited since 2015, this is predominantly beech woodland with some whitebeam and yew, leading down to Grangelands chalk grassland with scrub and juniper. Meet at SP 833 046 at the large lay-by carpark. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Saturday, October 19th Howe Park Wood, Tattenhoe (SSSI – Milton Keynes Borough Council, managed by MK Park Trust). This a sizeable remnant of ancient broadleaf woodland in the SW suburbs of Milton Keynes; we’ve not visited for 15 years and the MKPT are keen to build up their records. Meet at SP 830 345 in the carpark off Chaffron Way (H7); the entrance is across the road from the Nut & Squirrel pub and Barnsdale Drive and adjacent to Howe Pk. Wd. Visitor Centre. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Justin Long with Martin Kincaid from the MKPT.
Sunday, October 27th Widdenton Park Wood, Lane End (SSSI – Wycombe District Council) A new site for the group with apparently little or no recording of fungi as yet, this is ancient semi-natural oak / beech woodland on the site of a medieval deerpark going back to the 14th century and supports a varied flora including several unusual plants, also spring-fed mires dominated by willow and birch. Meet at SU 813 917 where there’s a stony layby in Simmons Way off Lane End High Street. From here a public footpath leads across a field to the wood. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Saturday, November 2nd
NB an all day event
Dancersend 'Walk and Workshop' (SSSI - BBOWT) joint with BBOWT. A new all day format with a (slightly shortened) morning walk in the reserve to collect specimens, we then return to the Waterworks buildings (kindly provided for our use by Head Warden Mick Jones) to work on identification with microscopes, keys and books with help from Derek and Penny. Come for just the walk or stay on for the identification session, in which case you’ll need a packed lunch (coffee / tea will be available). Those with scopes may come early and set up before the 10.00 walk, from 9.15 onwards. Any books you like to use, together with a notebook, would be useful.

NB There was a promising response for this event and we can accommodate a maximum of 14 for the id session, therefore priority will be given to those few members with scopes. Remaining places will be offered to those who responded to Penny’s initial enquiry about the event: Penny will be checking with you a few weeks beforehand.

Dancersend, once owned by the Rothschild family, is mixed woodland and well-recorded with a rich variety of fungi. Meet at
SP 905 089 at the old waterworks buildings. Turn south onto a narrow minor road off the A4011 immediately before its junction with the A41, signed Dancersend, and follow for about 1 1/2 miles. The narrow driveway up to the buildings is on your left.
Saturday, November 9th Stowe Landscape Gardens (National Trust). 250 acres of landscape gardens with lakes, wooded valleys and open grassland which in the past has produced an exceptional array of waxcaps at this time. Meet at SP 675 378 in the original but now disused NT carpark (NB this is not the main carpark by the new visitor centre). Head for the crossroads on the A442 about 3 miles NW of Buckingham and after Bufflers Holt and Spinney Hill Farm on your left. Here turn right (north) and follow the straight road towards Stowe School. Stay on this road (through some imposing gates and over a beautiful bridge) and carry on past the school buildings on your right. (Just mention that you are BFG to the official at the barrier here.)The large car park area is then fairly soon on your right. (For those who have forayed with us here before it is where we have parked in the past.)  Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST to which members are welcome

Sunday, October 13th
NB 2.30 start
Holtspur Bank, Beaconsfield (LNR - Beaconsfield Town Council) - a fungi walk for Friends of Holtspur Bank to which BFG members are welcome. This is a small pocket of chalk grassland and ancient woodland. Meet at SU 923 904 on the corner of Cherry Tree Rd and Holtspur Top Lane. Leader Penny Cullington
Wednesday, October 30th

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens (S. Bucks District Council).This attractive and unusual garden site has mature trees and several areas of lawn which at this time often produce a good range of waxcaps including the beautiful Pink Waxcap. Meet at SU 977 825 at the Office buildings just inside the main gate which is on the west side of Church Lane off the B 416. Some parking is available in the drive just beyond the Office buildings, otherwise there is a car park opposite the entrance. Leader Penny Cullington