Course: World of Waxcaps Fungi Identification

Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester
6th November 2018 01300 320684 Heather Radice

Cost: £65

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

The Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve is especially noted for its populations of waxcaps, with around two dozen of the British species recorded here.

Waxcaps (genus Hygrocybe) are the most distinctive and visible components of the grassland fungi.

They are often brightly coloured with a waxy or slippery-looking cap which most commonly appears in grassland and lawns in late summer and autumn. Waxcaps are found in grasslands that are generally nutrient–poor such as long-established pastures, lawns and cemeteries, and the unimproved meadows of Kingcombe are particularly rich in them.

This one day course will cover the ecology and diversity of waxcaps through a mix of classroom presentations and time out in the field. Key areas to be discussed to help you identify waxcaps will include colour, cap shape and size, gills, cap texture and smell.

Due to the nature of this event there will be some walking over rough and uneven ground, and some standing around as you listen to discussion points.

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