The Group

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.

One of the most important things is the group is for anyone – you do not have to be a specialist – just someone who likes the outdoors and wants to learn more.

If you would like to join us, talk about fungi or send us records, e-mail us at

Membership is a snip at only £10. If you would like to join us on a foray, there is a £1 charge for non-members (but not children).