Our group was set up in 1996 when a group of keen amateur mycologists came together, tired of having struggled to identify these amazing looking organisms all by ourselves. Mycology is a science, but it is also an art. Identifying fungi is not easy and our group has proved to be an excellent place to become more confident in our identifications, to learn off others who have specialised in different groups of fungi, to socialise and to enjoy a good foray in some of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland. To identify a fungus with confidence often needs a microscope and a huge number of books. The group helps people begin to get a grip on identifying fungi, pointing out things to look for, giving advice on what books to use or how to buy a microscope. However, you can take an interest in fungi to whatever level you like, whether it be learning which are the best species for the pot or taking the plunge and getting totally addicted.

The group on Rathlin Island

If you would like to join us, e-mail our Chairman, Debbie Nelson. If you have any records or rare or dried specimens, please contact David Mitchel also at   

The group arriving at Rams Island, Lough Neagh

Membership is a snip at only £5. This gets you an annual newsletter, insurance cover when out foraying and the opportunity to learn more on forays. If you would like to join us on a foray, there is a £1 charge for non-members (but not children).

The group is affiliated to the British Mycological Society and is a member of the Association of British Fungus Groups. We are also a member of the Environmental Recorders Group, a group of biological recorders from all disciplines in Northern Ireland and the National Federation of Biological Recorders. 

Scarlet Elf Cap - Sarcoscypha austriaca

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