Foraging Mushrooms Guide

Wild Mushrooms are truly a special thing, foraging for mushrooms is a joy.

In order to help out we’ve put together quite a few identification guides to help you when foraging for Wild Mushrooms.

These guides can be used to help you develop and are best used alongside some hands-on learning which we can help you with on one of our wild food and foraging courses.

The information provided below is made to act as a guide, when foraging for yourself you are ultimately in control of what you do and eat. Remember to only eat what you’re 100% certain of.

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Amethyst Deceiver Mushrooms (Laccaria amethystina) Identification

Amethyst Deceiver/Summer/Autumn/Edible Scientific Name Laccaria amethystina Family Hydnangiaceae Habitat This mushroom, common in temperate areas of Europe, Asia and the Americas’ grows in deciduous as well as coniferous forests. I find them mostly with beech or oak. It appears in late summer through to early winter. Description This is quite a changeable mushroom and…

Angel Wings (Pleurocybella porrigens) Identification

Angel Wings / Spring / Summer / Autumn / None Edible How to Identify Angel Wings Common Names: Angel Wings Botanical Name: Pleurocybella porrigens Meaning of Botanical Name: Pleurocybella meaning side by side, porrigens meaning stretching out sideways Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Fungi, Division: Basidiomycota, Class: Agaricomycetes, Order: Agaricales, Family: Marasmiaceae…

Aniseed Funnel (Clitocybe Odora) Identification

Aniseed Funnel / Summer / Autumn / Edible   Scientific Name Clitocybe Odora Common Names Aniseed Funnel, Aniseed Toadstool Family Tricholomataceae Habitat They can be found amongst the leaf litter of broadleaved trees, most often beech, they are occasionally found with conifers too. Description  A fairly common mushroom in the…

Artist Bracket (Ganoderma Applanatum) Identification

Artist Bracket / All Year Round / Edible Scientific Name Ganoderma Applanatum Common Names Artist Bracket, Artist Conk, Bear Bread. Family Ganodermataceae Habitat Common on dead wood, logs and stumps, often in tiered groups. Most commonly found on hardwoods such as Oak and Beech but they do sometimes appear on…

Beechwood sickener( Russula Nobilis) – Identification

Beechwood Sickener/Summer/Autumn/Inedible Scientific Name Russula Nobilis Family Russulaceae Habitat Beech woodland Description A distinctive red capped Brittlegill mushroom growing in beech woodlands, as the name suggests its not edible and causes stomach upsets and vomiting. Identifying Features for The Beechwood Sickener: Cap: Convex to flattening sometimes slightly depressed in the…

Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina Hepatica) – Identification

Beefsteak Fungus/Summer/Autumn/Edible Scientific Name Fistulina Hepatica Family Fistulinaceae Habitat Growing on dead or damaged oak often low down the trunk or stump Description A medium to large bracket fungus growing low down on dead oak and sweet chestnut that is red to pink on the top of the bracket with…

Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulina) Identification

 Birch Polypore /All Year/ Medicinal/ Edible Common Name Birch Polypore, Razor Strop Fungus.   Scientific Name Piptoporus Betulina Family Fomitopsidaceae Habitat & Lookalikes Birch polypore grows primarily on birch trees and has no look-alikes. You can sometimes find them in big clusters all over trees also. Description A large bracket…

Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus Felleus) Identification

Bitter Bolete / Summer / Autumn / In-Edible   Scientific Name Tylopilus Felleus Common Names Bitter Bolete Family Boletales Habitat In any type of woodland but most often found in and around deciduous trees particularly Beech and Oak. Description  A non-toxic member of the Bolete family, but one to avoid…

Black Trompette Aka Trumpet of death (Craterellus Cornucopioides) Identification

Black Trompette / Summer / Autumn / Edible Scientific name Craterellus Cornucopioides Family Cantharellaceae Habitat Grows mainly with Beech and oak trees, on calcareous soils, preferring mossy patches. It occurs from August to November, more often favouring the cooler late autumn months. Description These mushrooms are incredibly hard to spot…

Bovine Bolete (Suillus Bovinus) Identification

Bovine Bolete / Summer / Autumn / Edible Scientific Name Suillus Bovinus Common Names Bovine Bolete, Jersey Cow fungus. Family Suillaceae Habitat Mycorrhizal with coniferous trees most often growing with Pine. Description  Part of the wider Boletales order the Suillus species are mostly associated with Pines and other coniferous trees.…