In the Field Among the Fungi – Fungus Foray & Survey
The fungi of Mt Canobolas and the surrounding area are little known. Only very scant and mostly anecdotal records exist. Fungi are an important part of these ecosystems especially in creating and stabilising soils, nourishing and interconnecting plants, as a food supply for animals, and essentially underpinning their health and resilience. The geological history and diversity of habitats is likely to foster a diversity of fungi and rare species of lichens have been recorded on the mount. The February 2018 fires are also likely to have affected fungal communities hence the particular importance of such surveys.
Effective land management, conservation and biodiversity monitoring would ideally take fungi into account. An overview of the fungi of the region would contribute important information to the greater understanding of local ecosystems.
This aim of the foray and survey is to equip participants with the basic principles and protocols for surveying fungi in the field. These participants could then further develop their skills to become leaders in engaging the wider community to partake in fungus surveying. Following an introductory overview we will work in groups to survey the fungi of the field sites using field guides and other resources to use in the field.
The full autumn 2022 workshops and events listing can be viewed here.