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Postby Steve Clements » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:30 pm

Free Entoloma and grassland fungi workshop

Some recent Pinkgills (Entoloma) from Longshaw

The National Trust Volunteer Fungi and Lichen Survey is holding a free Entoloma and grassland fungi workshop at the fantastic Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate, Peak District over the weekend 10-11 Sept 2016. This should be a good time for Entolomas. Longshaw is amongst the best sites in the UK for grassland fungi - but Entolomas are a difficult genus.
The Entoloma workshop was launched with the support of Jon Stewart, General Manager of the Peak District National Trust. It will be a low key event with no national/international experts present. Only an enthusiasm for fungi is required and a wish to learn a bit more about them. The idea is that the people who turn up will pool their knowledge. A few microscopes will be set up, but mostly reliance will be on the jizz of the fungi found. The Saturday is optional, being mostly a collection day and Sunday being the main workshop day. We will be using PowerPoint for presentations. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. There is a cafe close by, as well as a pub.
Please contact Rob Foster, our grassland specialist at Longshaw, if you would like to join us, and also if you would like to make a presentation, at:
Steve Clements,
Recorder for the NT Volunteer Longshaw Fungi and Lichen Survey

Here is a message from Rob Foster, organiser:

“Entoloma Workshops come up once in a very blue moon. Which is why I felt obliged to run one myself; not because I felt competent to do so, but in the hope of drawing in a few mycologists who had some confidence in putting names to species that we could learn from. In this I have been successful in that Roy Betts from North Somerset has committed to come; Neil Barden who is recognised as the most experienced Waxcap Grassland Expert in the Peak District and a very good grassland field mycologist has also said he will come and; Sean Cooch from Dorset, who does Waxcap Grassland Fungi Workshops for Natural England is also coming.

Presentations, augmenting the forays, will be based on the photographs and photomicrographs of Entolomas already collected and identified from Longshaw by Steve Clements, John Leach and the other members of the Longshaw Fungi and Lichen Survey Group. We will be concentrating on the Leptonia group of Entolomas using keys according produced by Vesterholt who concentrated on field characteristics, using as little microscopy as possible, although we will have a microscope or two available for confirming identifications where necessary.

It should be good - and as I say a rare opportunity - not to be missed.”
Steve Clements
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