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19 Sep 2019

Foraging for fungi

A close-up of densely packed together brown mushrooms
Autumn is fungi season
We’re teaching visitors about the hidden world of fungi this autumn, including foraging and preparation tips on edible species.

From badger watching to building nature hides, we host events across the country that bring people closer to nature. In late September, when the wild mushroom hunting season begins, we’re running events that focus on fungi.

At Brodick Country Park, where there’s an abundance of trees and thick woodland, the grounds provide the perfect conditions for fungi to grow. However, for first-time foragers it can be difficult to know where to look and how to identify edible fungi.

On Sunday 29 September, there’s a two-hour toadstool trek, where foragers will hear fascinating facts about fungi, learn how to identify different species and how to harvest wild foods.

A wild mushroom fry-up at the end of the trek creates the ultimate foraging experience.

“We want to show that foraging is accessible for everyone.”
Kate Sampson, Head Ranger at Brodick

We always recommend speaking to an expert before foraging wild mushrooms, as not all species are edible.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this for the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.

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