Mushrooms Course / Fungus Foray

This is a full day mushroom course going into more depth than our fungus walks. It is still however, suitable for beginners who want to know more about identifying wild mushrooms / fungi. While a foray to look for fungi is still part of the day, it is one component of a full programme including talks, workshops and an identification quiz!

Our approach is not just to show you lots of species and tell you what they are, but to get you to understand why they are a particular species and how to identify them using simple tools. We have a permit from the Forestry Commission to run educational mushroom events in The New Forest. In line with the terms of our permit, this is NOT a trip to gather the biggest haul of edible species possible but is about giving you identification skills and teaching you sustainable, safe and legal practices.

Fungus Foray Agenda


  • Introductory talk


  • Foray - a walk through a variety of habitats to locate and collect as wide a range of fungi / mushrooms as possible


  • Lunch
  • Preparation and sampling of edible fungi / mushrooms
  • Talk on "Eating Wild fungi"
  • Workshop - fungi / mushroom identification
  • Identification quiz

We will provide tea and coffee but you should bring a packed lunch.


This day course runs from 9:30 AM - c. 5:00 PM.


Places on the fungus forays are £60 per person.


The maximum number of participants on the forays is 18.

Take a look

See a blog post on one of our Fungus Foray's.

Dates / locations

The fungus forays start at a village hall in The New Forest in Hampshire and will give you exact details in advance of your course.

07-Oct-17The New Forest, HampshirePlaces available
08-Oct-17The New Forest, HampshirePlaces available

Our New Forest fungi events are by kind permission of The Forestry Commission.


Fungi species identification with our expert.
Fungi species identification with our expert.
Preparing edible mushrooms on a mushroom / fungi course
Preparing edible mushrooms on a fungus foray.
A beautiful Scarlett Hood fungus, a member of the Waxcap family.
A beautiful Scarlett Hood fungus, a member of the Waxcap family.


… built our confidence in being able to recognise mushrooms …

Thank you for a great day. You have built our confidence in being able to recognise mushrooms and how to use the key in the book.
Already I have had friends asking about the course as they would like to buy gift vouchers for family members for Christmas so I hope lots of work comes your way.
Hope to see you on another course sometime.

Lesley & Peter, Hampshire

… learnt more on this course than all of the others combined.

I have been on many forays but learnt more on this course than all of the others combined.

Yvonne, Hampshire

… recommend it to anyone …

We would just like to say that we had an absolutely lovely day yesterday, with you both, doing the Fungi Foray in the New Forest. Perfect weather and a lovely friendly crowd. I would, and will, recommend it to anyone, experienced or not. Excellent tuition and lovely day thank you very much, topped off with eating and exhibiting our prizes! Look forward to hearing from you in the spring!

Mary and Tom, Wiltshire

Excellent experience

Excellent experience – opened up the world of mushrooms for us.

Emma and Simon, Hampshire

… it was great.

Just to say how much I enjoyed the course on Sunday, it was great. I feel confident about foraging for mushrooms now.

Simone, Berkshire

…enjoyable day, well paced and interesting…

It was a most enjoyable day, well paced and interesting and I certainly learned a lot about the diverse world of fungi.

John, Hampshire

Loved it!

Loved it! So interesting, presented well and with humour. Feel confident now that I could safely identify several Wild Mushrooms.

Susan, Hampshire

Very informative relaxed course

Very informative relaxed course. Really pleased that I now feel able to go out and harvest from nature’s store cupboard!

Angeline, Hampshire