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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 2017 Event
Sat / Sun, Sept 2nd/3rd
Venue to be arranged last minute if conditions appear to be favourable.
Saturday, Sept. 9th Hodgemoor Woods (SSSI – Forestry Commision). 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 - a favourite and long-established foray site at SU967 939. Turn east off the A355 into Bottrells Lane opposite the Harte and Magpies 1 mile south of Amersham. The large carpark is on your right after about 1 mile. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Sept. 17th
(a new all day format)
Finemere Wood (10 till 12) followed by an identification session at Duck End House, Whitchurch. Following discussion at this year’s AGM we are introducing a new event in place of our usual early season microscope session. There will be a slightly shorter morning walk, then we return with specimens to nearby Whitchurch for a packed lunch followed by an informal identification session in the afternoon. If you have ever wondered how Derek and Penny go about identifying the finds members supply them with, then this is your opportunity to find out! Derek’s vast library of fungi books will be available plus microscopes and stains. Come along and just watch or try your hand at going through a key or preparing a slide to view on a scope. You are welcome to attend just the walk, just the identification session, or both, but if the latter please bring your own lunch. The afternoon session will probably not start until 1pm and will continue as required but finish by 5pm. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Finemere Wood (SSSI – BBOWT) is a mixture of broadleaved woodland with patches of coppice and scrub, and paths and wide rides. In the centre of the wood is a historic meadow with a pond, now restored. In recent years much of the pine planted in the 1960s and 70s has been felled. Access is through a gate at SP721 215, on the north side of the unclassified road between Edgcott and Quainton, 100 m east of pylons crossing the road. Either park judiciously on the road, or if the gate is open go down the drive to a large clearing surfaced for vehicles.
Duck End House, 8 Hawleys Lane, Whitchurch. HP22 4LB. Coming into the village from Aylesbury, turn right into the very narrow Hawleys Lane immediately after the first service station (on the left). Near the end of the lane turn right into the drive of number 8 (The gates will open automatically.) Approaching Whitchurch from the north, go straight on at the roundabout as you enter the village and continue past Beech Close and the antique shops then turn left into Hawleys Lane.
Saturday, Sept 23rd Moorend Common joint with the Frieth Natural History Society. The Common comprises 21 hectares and is one of the few areas of acid grassland in the county with a number of associated scarce plants. In recent years the woodland has been opened out to create more acid grassland. Meet at SU798 906 parking sensitively near the Prince Albert pub. Leader: Penny Cullington assisted by members Margaret and Bill Bolton
Monday Sept 25th to Friday Sept 29th BFG’s annual untutored residential week in the Forest of Dean. There are still a few places available. For details contact Derek ( / 01296-640923)
Sunday, Oct 1st Bradenham Woods (SSSI - National Trust) Mature Chiltern beechwoods which have proved to be among the richest for fungi in the county. Autumn meetings have produced a long list of agaric and bolete species including Amanita eliae, Strobilomyces floccopus and Phylloporus rhodoxanthus. Meet at SU834 975, parking in the longish stony lay-by on the east side of Bradenham Wood Lane half way between Bradenham Village and Naphill. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Saturday, Oct 7th
(Museum opens at 9.30 – Event is open from 11.00 -4.00)
National Fungus Day Display at Aylesbury County Museum (Church St, HP20 2QP). For this prestigious public event we shall again need as much support as possible from members. Open to the public from 11am till 4pm, there will be not only fresh local fungi on display but also a microscope and sporeprint corner run by Derek, a TV screen showing a wide range of county fungus photos taken by members, a fungus-based activity area for children, banners and posters and much more! We shall be setting up on the morning, so please bring in any specimens you can collect for the display at around 9.30 or volunteer to come and help us chat to the public during the day – if you can spare even an hour or two it would be much appreciated. If you can’t come on the day, we’d welcome any specimens the day before delivered to either Derek (01296 640923) or Penny (01844-351630). PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US!
Sunday, Oct 8th Burnham Beeches (SSSI - Corporation of London). 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. Meet at SU954 850 at Victoria Cross near the café. N.B. Dogs on lead only. There is now a £2 car park fee which BFG will refund to all attendees. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Wednesday, Oct 11th Whipsnade Zoo joint with the Herts & Beds Fungi Group. Alan Outen (leader) and the HBFG have kindly extended their invitation to visit the zoo to include BFG members. This is a unique opportunity to visit this special site which has not previously been explored for fungi. Please note: you will need to pre-book your place with Alan by 9am on Fri Oct 6th.  (01462-811374; If necessary he will supply further details nearer the time, but you should 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. Alan says: ‘I anticipate that dependent on numbers there will be a zoo vehicle and possibly some cars available to transport us quickly to likely areas around the park, some of which may well be areas not normally open to the public. Please note that it will NOT be possible just to turn up on the day. No dogs are permitted.
Sunday, Oct 15th Pavis Wood, part of Dancersend reserve (SSSI – BBOWT). After a brief sortie here after last year’s visit to Dancersend we decided that this area of the reserve was well worth including in our programme this year. With a good mix of mature deciduous trees, this woodland is so far more or less unexplored for fungi and warden (and member) Mick Jones is keen to discover what is here. Please note that access is NOT in the same vicinity as the Pumping Station which is our normal meet place for Dancersend, but at SP914 093. Meet at the gate into the woodland at a right-angle bend in Shire Lane, a minor road just west of the small village of Hastoe. Coming from the north approach Hastoe from Tring, and from south Shire Lane can be accessed from Cholesbury. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington.
Sat/Sun, Oct 21st/22nd Venue in the Milton Keynes area to be arranged. Leader: Derek Schafer
Saturday, Oct 28th Keepers Wood, Princes Risborough, joint with the Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire. Caroline Jackson-Houlston – FSO member and owner of this small piece of woodland - has invited the two groups to join forces for the first foray here. Originally part of the old Hambledon Estate, this is typical semi-ancient Chiltern Beech woodland with a mix of other trees on slightly acid soil. Arrangements for parking and access will be forthcoming nearer the time. Leaders: Caroline Jackson-Houlston and Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Oct 29th 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. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Sunday, Nov 5th
(NB starts at 1.00)
Naphill Common (SSSI – part of the Dashwood Estate). After a very popular and successful event held here for the first time last year, we return to Naphill Common for our annual fixture organised by members Jackie and Justin for their friends and also BFG members. We follow the same formula with our three guest mycologists who proved such a formidable team last year: Richard Fortey - TV celebrity and author, Geoffrey Kibby - author and Field Mycology magazine editor, and Mario Tortelli, supported by Derek and Penny. Attendees will be split into three groups to be expertly led round to cover as much of the site as we can; we then reassemble back at Naphill Village Hall at 3pm for a display with ‘Show and tell’ session which, if last year is anything to go by, will be a lively and entertaining occasion – one not to be missed. 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.
Saturday, Nov 11th Stowe Landscape Gardens (National Trust). We return to this beautiful venue after an absence of 11 years. 250 acres of landscape gardens with lakes, pasture, wooded valleys and open grassland which in the past has produced an exceptional array of waxcaps. Meet at SP665 366 in the NT carpark; the entrance is 3 miles NW of Buckingham via Stowe Avenue off the A422 Buckingham to Banbury road. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington
Sunday, Dec. 10th
(NB starts at 10.30)
Brill Commonour annual Christmas walk with lunch afterwards chez Joanna and Martin Dodsworth, 59, Temple St., Brill. HP18 9SU. N.B. MEET TIME for the foray is 10.30 am. Meet at the Brill Windmill car park off Windmill St., SP652 142. Arrangements for the lunch will follow nearer the time. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Penny Cullington


Monday, Sept 11th
A talk entitled ‘The kingdom of fungi’ given by Penny Cullington for the Chesham Natural History Society at St. Mary’s Church Rooms, Church St, Chesham. HP5 1HY. BFG members are welcome. Starts at 7.30 and lasts about 1 hour.
Sunday, Oct 1st
(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 and ancient woodland. Meet at SU923 904 on the corner of Cherry Tree Rd and Holtspur Top Lane. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Wednesday, Oct 25th
(NB starts at 1.30)
Captain’s Wood nr Chesham (LNR - Chiltern Society) – a family event organised by the Chiltern Society planned to coincide with schools’ Halfterm to which BFG members are welcome. Directions will follow nearer the time. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Thursday, Oct. 26th
10.00 till 12.00
Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens (S. Bucks District Council) Private foray to which BFG members are welcome. Meet at SU977 825 at the Office buildings just inside the main gate. There is a car park opposite the site which is in Church Lane off the B416. Leader: Penny Cullington.