This tour is a chance to see the abundance of fungi at Wild Ken Hill as they come to life in the warm, damp days of Autumn. With an expert guide you’ll find and identify the wealth of varieties both on the ground and in the trees, learning how to use their unique features for identification.
Exploring the Wild Ken Hill woodlands in their rich autumnal colours, you might find the fairy tale Fly Agaric or the distinctive Amethyst Deceiver or the vivid orange Witches’ Butter off the beaten track. You’ll certainly encounter a mosaic of shady fungi habitats as well as some rich colour, but this forage is not for edible fungi!
Your guide will explain the importance of fungi in the wider ecosystem, and why we’re proud that Wild Ken Hill is home to so many species. Along the way, you can marvel at the complexity of the woodland habitat with magnificent oaks and chestnuts, thick bramble, and purple heathland. You’ll also be sure to see some of the other species that call the Ken Hill woods home.
AM/PM: Fungus Foray always take places in the morning
Start Time: 09:30 (please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time)
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-4 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure