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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 for members only , but if you'd like to come on 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.

Booking for each event was introduced in 2021 when attendee numbers rose, causing issues over parking and difficulty for leaders. Booking is not planned as yet for 2022, but may need to be introduced again if numbers start to exceed what can be comfortably coped with.

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

NB: If any members find they are not regularly receiving Penny's information circulars before an event (these are sent out both 10 days and 3-4 days beforehand) or have maybe changed their email address, please get in touch with her.

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

Date 2022 Event
Wednesday, July 6th BFG AGM. This year we're making a complete change of both venue and time to our normal AGM arrangements to avoid the lengthy journeys for our President (Derek from Knebworth) and our Treasurer (Justin from Milton Keynes) to the home of our Secretary (Penny in Kingston Blount, Oxon). So we've chosen a pub roughly equidistant between us: The Old Hunter's Lodge in Whipsnade (LU6 2LN), and will meet there for a 6pm start. All are most welcome to join us, the meeting will be informal and we plan to eat there afterwards. A table is booked but please let Penny know several days beforehand if you're coming so that we can confirm numbers for the meal.
Saturday, July 23rd Microscope Workshop at Dancersend. We've been asked by several members to run this all day meeting for those who have a microscope or are generally interested in microscopy with a view to possibly getting one. Mick Jones is kindly arranging for us to have use of the Forge at the old Waterworks Buildings (SP 905089). Meet there between 9.30 and 10.00 to set up your equipment, we'll then go in search of specimens (but please bring your own from elsewhere if possible). Hot drinks will be available but bring a packed lunch, also any books / keys you normally like to work with. Derek and Penny will be providing a selection of books and chemicals and offering instruction. As space is limited please reserve your place with Penny as soon as you know you're coming to avoid disappointment.
Saturday, Aug 27th Wotton House Estate. A privately owned and delightful site with a beautiful lake and extensive wooded grounds with some veteran oaks and a growing and interesting list of fungi. The adjacent Rushbeds BBOWT Nature Reserve once formed part of the grounds. Meet at SP676 169 where the small private car park is accessed by a gate on the Kingswood to Brill road about 2 miles south of the junction with the A41, and almost opposite a cottage. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Sept 4th Kings Wood, Tylers Green (Chepping Wycombe Parish Council). A site visited just once by BFG (in 2019) though frequented by Penny over the last 20 years, this large area of ancient urban woodland boasts a good mix of trees though Beech predominates, also over 200 species of flowering plants, over 30 species of birds, and a growing list of over 200 species of fungi. Meet at SU 892 941 in the small car park at the bottom of Kingswood Road, a continuation of St. John's Road which leads north west off New Road in Tylers Green. (NB: do not confuse with Kingswood Avenue!) Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Saturday, Sept 10th Ivinghoe Common (National Trust). This site is within the Buckinghamshire part of the Ashridge Estate, a classic site and an outstanding area for fungi which has been well studied over many years. It comprises ancient semi-natural woodland with areas dominated by Oak, Beech, Sweet Chestnut and Birch, also with ponds and areas of grassland. Meet at SP974 147 in Dockey Wood Car Park on the northern edge of the Ashridge Estate about 1 mile along Beacon Road leading from Ringshall towards Ivinghoe. From Ringshall it is the third parking area you come to on your left and has a notice board which has a map and the name Dockey Wood. NB Please note that this is not the meet point in Monument Avenue which some may be more familiar with. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Sept 18th Hodgemoor Woods (SSSI - Forestry England). A favourite and long-established foray site, 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. Meet at SU967 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. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Sept 25th Rushmere Estate (Greensands Trust). This is our only sojourn to the north of the county this season, the estate being situated on the Greensands Ridge adjacent to Stockgrove Park and straddling the Bucks / Beds border. The varied habitats include mixed mature woodland, heathland, young Christmas tree plantations and unimproved acid grassland. Meet by the visitor centre after entering the park off Linslade Road, near Heath & Reach SU 915 279. Enter through the barrier and follow the road round and up the hill to the main car park at the top. NB for free parking please collect a parking token from the Visitor Services - you will need to present this at the barrier as you leave. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington with Justin Long.
Saturday, Oct 1st Burnham Beeches (SSSI - City of London Corporation). 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. Today's meeting, together with our walk at its sister site Stoke Common, forms part of our 3 year funded project for CoL, now in its second year. Meet at SU954 849 where special parking arrangements have been made, as last year: Continue past the cafe to Victoria Cross, turn left and continue through the gate; Sir Henry Peek's overflow car park is on your left after a few yards. NB: A £3 parking fee for the day will still apply. NB2: Dogs on leads only - we are likely to visit areas where dogs are not permitted. NB3: If conditions warrant it, we'll stay on into the afternoon with an informal car park 'Show and Tell' at lunchtime. So bring a packed lunch. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Penny Cullington, possibly also guest leaders Geoffrey Kibby and Mario Tortelli - to be confirmed.
Saturday, Oct 8th Mousells Wood (Privately owned). Joint with the Frieth Natural History Society. This is typical Chiltern semi-natural woodland and is rich in fungi with several species new the UK in recent years. Meet at SU789 912 where the owner has kindly given us use of the new car park. This is located just inside our normal gated entrance point to the wood on the Frieth to Fingest (minor) road, just east of where it meets the lane from Bolter End. As overflow we will use the lay-by just along from the gate on the opposite side to the wood (our previous parking spot). Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington, possibly also guest leaders Geoffrey Kibby and Mario Tortelli - to be confirmed.
Sunday, Oct 16th Naphill Common Common (joint with Friends of Naphill Common). The Common is a large area of typical open Chiltern mixed woodland, predominantly Oak and Beech, and has proved to be very rewarding for fungi. Meet at SU846 969 at the Naphill Village Hall car park, near the crossroads. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington with Peter Davis and Chris Miller.
Sunday, Oct 23rd Stoke Common (City of London Corporation) This is one of our most unusual sites owing to its acid sandy soil. There are large areas of heathland surrounded by a (now somewhat reduced) perimeter of mixed woodland. The fungi list is long and varied with some species rare elsewhere in the county and several new to the UK in recent years. Today's walk, together with its sister site Burnham Beeches, forms part of our ongoing funded project for CoLC, now in its second year. Travelling south on the B416 from Gerrards Cross turn off east at the traffic lights near the Fox and Pheasant into Stoke Common Road, then look for the main gate into the site on your right on a slight bend at SU986 857. Meet inside the gate where we have permission to park, otherwise park judiciously in the road (there's a layby a little earlier on the right by a pedestrian gate where we've met previously. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Penny Cullington, possibly also guest leaders Geoffrey Kibby and Mario Tortelli - to be confirmed.
Saturday, Oct 29th Stampwell Farm near Beaconsfield (privately owned). The group returns here after our enjoyable visit last year. This is a 70 acre site comprising a mix of traditional farming, some orchards, unimproved grassland with patches of mixed woodland, all managed very much with conservation in mind. It has proved to be a good waxcap site with other interesting species including the alien and bizarre Clathrus archeri (Devil's Fingers). Meet at SU974 899 at the farm office buildings at the end of a longish farm track passing some houses on your left half way up the track. The entrance to the track is off the A40 through a gateway on the opposite side of the road to the Crowne Plaza Hotel complex and just 50 yds or so towards Beaconsfield. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington with Jackie Ewan.
Saturday, Nov 5th Penn Wood (AONB,Woodland Trust) This is one of the largest ancient woodlands in the Chilterns, 435 acres with many trees over 200 years old and consequently a good diversity of flora, fauna and fungi. The adjacent cricket pitch and churchyard, often flush with late season waxcaps and other grassland species, add to the fungal diversity: we now have over 600 species recorded here. Meet in Penn Street in the church car park at SU924 963. Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Nov 13th Rushbeds Wood (BBOWT/SSSI). An ancient broadleaved woodland (appearing on a map in 1590 and part of the original Bernwood Forest) on heavy clay soil, bordered by unimproved meadows and old hedgerows, this site has produced many unusual fungi during our visits over the last 20 odd years. With a resemblance and possible continuity back to the ancient wildwood, there is a diversity of trees including ash (now somewhat depleted), field maple, willow, aspen, hazel, oak, blackthorn, hawthorn and spindle. Much felling took place in the 1940s though a few mature oaks remain and the woodland is now recovering well though sadly somewhat affected by Ash Dieback. Meet at SP673 154 at the triangular verge on the T-junction where the Ludgershall road meets the Wotton Underwood to Brill road. (Avoid blocking the railway access.) Leaders: Derek Schafer and /or Penny Cullington.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST to which members are welcome

Saturday, Oct 15th
NB 2.30 Start
Holtspur Bank (LNR Beaconsfield Town Council). An afternoon 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.
Thurday, Oct 27th
Start 10.00
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. We may also visit the adjacent St. Giles Churchyard which last year produced some interesting and rare grassland species. Meet at SU 977 825 at the Gardens' 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 large car park opposite the entrance. Penny has been leading walks here for Friends of the Gardens for the last 18 years and BFG members are welcome to join her. Leader: Penny Cullington.

Other events:

BMS = British Mycological Society (contact Carol Hobart geastrum@tiscali.co.uk).

HBFG = Herts & Beds Fungi Group (contact Stephen Kelly stephen.kelly@talktalk.net ).