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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.

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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 Woods (10 till 12) followed by an identification session at Duck End House, Whitchurch. This event is a repeat of our opening autumn fixture last year which was well attended and proved popular. The format is unchanged, starting with a slightly shorter morning walk then returning with specimens to Derek’s home in nearby Whitchurch for a packed lunch followed by an informal afternoon identification session. This is your opportunity to see how Derek and Penny go about identifying the finds you present them with during our walks. Derek’s vast library of fungi books will be available plus microscopes and stains etc. 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 both then please bring your own lunch. The afternoon session will probably not start until 1pm and will finish by 5pm. Leaders: Derek Schafer and Penny Cullington.
Finemere Woods (SSSI – BBOWT) is a mixture of broadleaved woodland with patches of coppice and scrub, 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 meters east of pylons crossing the road. Either park judiciously on the road, or if the gate is open head down the track to a large clearing surfaced for vehicles.
Duck End House, 8 Hawleys Lane, Whitchurch. HP22 4LB. Coming into the village from Aylesbury on the A413, 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 from Oving, as you enter the village turn right at the roundabout onto the A413 and continue past Beech Close and the antique shops then turn left into Hawleys Lane. Approaching from the north, as you enter the village go straight on at the roundabout and continue past Beech Close and the antique shops then turn left into Hawleys Lane.
Saturday, September 15th 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 site for finding fungi. Meet at SU967 939. Turn east off the A355 into Bottrells Lane opposite the Harte and Magpies pub 1 mile south of Amersham. The large carpark is on your right after about 1 mile. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Sunday, September 23rd Ivinghoe Common (SSSI – National Trust). This is the area of Ashridge which is in Buckinghamshire and forms the northern section of this classic site, the remainder being in Hertfordshire. We return to this outstanding area for fungi after a lapse of five years. Ashridge has been well studied over many years, comprising ancient semi-natural woodland with areas dominated by Oak, Beech, Sweet Chestnut and Birch, also with ponds and areas of grassland. Meet at SP974 147 in Dockey Wood Car Park on the northern edge of Ashridge about 1 mile along Beacon Road leading from Ringshall towards Ivinghoe. From Ringshall it is the third carparking area you come to on your left and has a notice board which has a map and the name Dockey Wood. NB Please note that this is not the meet point in Monument Avenue which some will be familiar with. Leader: Penny Cullington.
Saturday, September 29th Mousells Wood (Privately owned). Joint with the Frieth Natural History Society. This is typical Chiltern semi-natural woodland and is rich in fungi. Meet at SU 789 912 on the Frieth to Fingest (minor) road, just east of where it meets the lane from Bolter End; park in the lay-by on the north side of the road opposite the wood. Guest leaders: Geoffrey Kibby and Mario Tortelli (with Penny Cullington).
Saturday, October 6th
(Museum opens at 9.30)
Event opens to the public 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, October 7th Stoke Common (City of London Corporation). This is an unusual site for the county having acid sandy soil and a good mix of habitats: large areas of heathland surrounded by a (somewhat reduced) perimeter of mixed woodland. The long and varied list of fungi includes some species rare elsewhere in the county and several new to the UK in recent years. Meet at SU 984 856. From the B416 Gerrards Cross Road turn off east at the traffic lights near the Fox and Pheasant pub into Stoke Common Road, and after 50 yds park in the stony layby on the south side of the road. Leaders: Derek Schafer and/or Penny Cullington. (Please see under ‘Non-BFG’ events at the bottom of the list of walks for an alternative afternoon event on October 7th.)
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 Dancersend (SSSI - BBOWT). This large site, once owned by the Rothschild family, is mixed woodland and well-recorded with a rich variety of fungi. A decision on the precise location of our walk and meet place will be taken a few days beforehand by warden Mick Jones in order to ascertain where the most productive areas are likely to be for us. To give you a rough idea of location if you are unfamiliar with the site, SP 905 089 is quite often where we park. Further instructions will be sent round by email beforehand. 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.