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Fungi Walks and Meetings

Please contact Penny Cullington if you would like to attend any meetings and are not yet a member. If weather conditions are bad (very windy, frosty or snowy) it would be wise to check with the leader before setting out. Unless otherwise stated, walks start at 10.00 am, and finish around 1.00 pm.

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 2018 Event
Sunday, April 22nd Rushbeds Wood (BBOWT/SSSI).
Sunday, June 24th AGM at Duck End House
Saturday, July 14th   
Shenley Wood Nature Day
Saturday, September 8th Finemere Wood (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Saturday, September 15th Hodgemoor Woods (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Sunday, September 23rd Ivinghoe Common (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Saturday, September 29th Mousells Wood (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Saturday, October 6th
National Fungus Day Display at Aylesbury County Museum (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Sunday, October 7th Stoke Common (Click HERE to see Report and List)
Wednesday, October 10th Whipsnade Zoo joint with the Herts & Beds Fungi Group and Beds Natural History Society. This is a repeat of last year’s successful and popular event to which BFG members are again invited. 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 Fri 5th October. Alan will then supply you with further details, but basic arrangements are to 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.
Saturday, October 13th Bittam’s Wood, Dancersend (SSSI - BBOWT). This area of mixed woodland is part of the large site once owned by the Rothschild family, most of which is well recorded with a rich variety of fungi. At Warden Mick Jones’s suggestion, as Bittam’s Wood is clay-capped and therefore likely to be damper than other areas we shall be making the group’s first visit to this part. NB. The meet point is in a completely different place from our normal parking area at the Waterworks. Meet at SP898 090, postcode HP23 6LD at the western entrance of Dancersend Reserve near Chivery. From Halton/Aston Clinton take the road up Aston Hill past Wendover Woods, past Chiltern Dog Rescue and Chesham Fencing on your right, then turn into the track a further 100m on the left. Look out for the BBOWT reserve notice at the entrance. Parking is in the log stacking area at the end of the track. From Chesham take the minor road through Cholesbury, then at Buckland keep straight on rather than taking the right fork into Bottom Lane (which leads to the Waterworks meetpoint!). Carry on through St. Leonards and Chivery, passing the old eastern entrance to Wendover Woods on your left. The track to Bittam’s Wood is then on your right after a right hand bend and a curve back to the left. If you get to Chesham Fencing turn round! Leader: Derek Schafer.
Sunday, October 21st

NB Starts at 1pm
Naphill Common (SSSI – part of the Dashwood Estate). We return to this venue for the third time to hold our very popular and successful annual fixture organised by members Jackie and Justin for their friends, BFG members together with Friends of Naphill Common. We have an amazing line-up of guest mycologist leaders: Richard Fortey - author and TV presenter, Geoffrey Kibby - author of numerous fungi books and editor of the magazine Field Mycology, Alick Henrici and Mario Tortelli – both highly respected field mycologists, supported by Derek and Penny. Attendees will be split into three 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 a display with 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. (Please see under ‘Non-BFG’ events at the bottom of the list of walks for a midweek event on October 25th.)
Sunday, October 28th Salden Wood (Privately owned by member Bob Simpson). This will be the group’s first visit to this ancient semi-natural woodland, 37 acres with a good mix of deciduous trees, predominantly Oak and Ash, also some Pine and Yew. Meet at SP822 309, a few miles south west of Milton Keynes. Approaching from the south take the B4032 from Winslow; 1½ miles after Swanbourne turn left (north) through the village of Mursley; as you leave the village take a right fork into Whaddon Road. After about a mile and before reaching the railway line, turn right (east) onto an unnamed track signed to Lower Salden Farm (also Cycle Track Route 51). Follow past Springfield Farm and take the second rough track on the right which leads to the wood and to Bob’s house. Park at the first bend in the track, or if space is short carry on to The Green House (Bob’s house) and walk back. From MK take the A421, turn south (1st exit) off the Whadden Chase roundabout; after 1½ miles cross the railway line and immediately turn left (east) into the unnamed track described above. Dogs are welcome. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Saturday, November 3rd Penn Wood (Woodland Trust) This is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the Chiltern AONB and has proved exceptional for fungi with over 600 species now recorded. The adjacent cricket pitch can be spectacular for waxcaps at this time. Meet at SU924 963 in Penn Street in the church / Woodland Trust car park, aiming to keep well away from the church area. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, November 11th Stowe Landscape Gardens (National Trust). After our very enjoyable and interesting visit here last year, we return to this beautiful site: 250 acres of landscape gardens with lakes, wooded valleys and open grassland which can produce 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. (You will need to 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
Sunday, December 16th
NB starts at 10.30
Brill Commonour annual Christmas walk with informal lunch
  afterwards at Duck End House, Whitchurch. Come just for the walk or for the walk and the lunch (for which you need to book your place with Derek and Jenny in advance (derek@deanholidays.co.uk ). Meet at SP652 142 at the Brill Windmill car park off Windmill St.. Afterwards those coming to the lunch will follow in convoy to Whitchurch. This event had to be cancelled last year due to the freezing weather, so we hope for more clement conditions this time! Leaders: Derek Schafer and Penny Cullington.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST

Sunday, October 7th
NB starts at 2.30
Holtspur Bank (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, scrub and ancient woodland. Meet at SU 923 904 on the corner of Cherry Tree Rd. and Holtspur Top Lane. Leader: Penny Cullington
Thursday, October 25th

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens (S. Bucks District Council). This attractive and unusual garden site has some mature deciduous trees and several areas of unimproved 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. There is a car park opposite the entrance. Leader Penny Cullington.