WORKSHOP – Fungus Identification, Survey & Photography
This two-day workshop introduces participants to the diversity and ecology of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the various habitat types of the region and surrounding areas.
The first day begins with an overview of the major fungal groups and taxonomic principles used to identify fungi in the field. Principles of fungal ecology and conservation issues in the context of local ecosystems will also be discussed. It will include an interactive and illustrated seminar and also touch on the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop.
Following the indoor session there will be a foray through various local habitat types to search for species of interest and assist participants to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungus survey techniques and protocols will be demonstrated and participants will be assisted to develop a fungus species inventory for the region. Supplementary notes will also provided.
The second day addresses environmental photography with a particular focus on fungi. Participants’ environmental photography projects will be discussed and issues and challenges identified. We will look at basic camera operation and principles of environmental photography and how to photograph fungi to most effectively convey the most important diagnostic features. This is a very interactive and hands-on day with both theoretical and practical sessions. Participants will require their own cameras for this session (all sorts of cameras are suitable).