The Mighty Mushroom Hunt!

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Thursday 20th September 2012
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A programme of events throughout SW Scotland from 29 September to 7 October will mark the first ever Mighty Mushroom Hunt in the region. The event will include a search for the mightiest mushroom of them all, but also looking out for the tiny ones that perform mighty jobs for our countryside and environment. Events include Fungus Forays and Wild Food walks for everyone from the beginner to the expert. Booking is essential for most events and a leaflet with details can be downloaded here.

The Mightiest Mushroom!

During the week there will be a prize for the mightiest mushroom (by weight) discovered. To qualify, you need to meet all the following rules.
Your mushroom must:

  • Have a single stem (Bracket fungi are NOT allowed). Although they can be huge, many grow on trees a little each year and there-fore should not be removed.
  • Be presented to the judges between 11am and 4pm on ‘Fungus Friday’ 5th October
  • Be reasonably clean, whole and firm (No maggot-infested much please!)
  • Have been found in Dumfries & Galloway or Southern Ayrshire. You should have full details of where (ideally a 6 gure grid reference) and when it was found.

The decision of the judges is final!

Fungi Exhibition

Puffball ©Mark Pollitt

On Friday 5th October, there will be an exhibition running throughout the day at Kirkcudbright Town Hall (and surrounding countryside) from  11am - 5pm. Drop in to see all manner of fungi and fungus-related items. Find out where to look for fungi, take part in our quiz, or check out the best fungus identification books. All the following FREE activities are taking place:

  • bring in a specimen for identification (all day)
  • minibus trips to local sites for short fungus walks with local experts (approx every hour throughout the day)
  • fungus identification workshop with microscopes (3pm)
  • wild mushroom cooking/tasting session (4pm)

In the evening, why not finish the day by enjoying a Fungi Feast as local hotels and restaurants in Kirkcudbright who will be offering special fungi-flavoured dishes on their menus during the evening of 5th October. Full details of participating places are available at the Fungus Friday events.