UK Fungus Day 2015

FungiA day to celebrate fungi?

Now you may think this is a crazy idea but hundreds of fungi fans across the UK are gearing up to celebrate UK Fungus Day on the 11th of October but why on earth would you want to celebrate fungi? The answer is simple, without fungi we wouldn’t exist! There’s much more to mushrooms than meets the eye.

Parc slip baby oysterling

Parc slip baby oysterling

Fungi are responsible for many parts of our life that we take for granted. Without fungi we would have no soil to grow our crops, they are nature’s perfect recycler’s breaking down organic matter and returning the goodness to our earth.

They provide us with a range of food and not just fried mushrooms to go with your cooked breakfast! Fungi play a part in the production of marmite, chocolate and bread. It’s not just food either, without fungi there would be no wine, beer or lager!

Many of our medicines have fungal origins and some fungi like mycoproteins may just be the answer to concerns about future food production.

Parc slip purple toadstool

Parc slip purple toadstool

With all this in mind they deserve a little more of our attention which is why Glamorgan Fungus Group and ourselves are inviting you to Parc Slip Nature Reserve (Tondu, Bridgend) on Sunday the 11th October to learn a bit more about our mushrooms.

We will be holding guided walks (at 11:00 and 14:00) where you can learn why a stink horn stinks, what the difference is between a toadstool and a mushroom, how some fungi can turn insects into zombies and what would happen if you ate a Deathcap!

Mail the Glamorgan Fungus Group to find out more.