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A new group for East Sussex

Postby Joanna_EastSussex » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:23 pm

All - Just to introduce myself, as I am looking to set up group in East Sussex. I have run a number of fungi walks to raise money for the local parish over the last 2 years. After attending the ABFG AGM in Chard on the 22nd Mrch, I m now going to run an expanded group for the ABFG, so any helpful hints or tips to running a group much appeciated. Kind regards. Joanna
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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby David Edington » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:15 pm

At the risk of teaching my grandmother to suck eggs, which on considering our respective ages makes that metaphorical scenario totally ludicrous ;) , it goes without saying to avoid doing anything that creates stress and therefore ensuring it remains lastingly enjoyable for yourself. Having said that there is no doubt a lot of effort is required and it is imperative to establish a vehicle such as a website, Yahoo Group, email distribution list etc., for communicating with your members, and keeping its currency right up to date and informative. You have already established one channel for advertising and recruitment by posting on this Forum and no doubt you will soon find many other similar avenues (I have had great success recruiting for the Minley Mushketeers through the fungi forums of the Wild About Britain website). As far as possible within the extent that you can stretch your chief resource, i.e. yourself, involve all participants and above all be appreciative of the various levels of experience. Blagging it is not an option, but as no one can be the fount of all knowledge saying 'I don't know the answer' is perfectly acceptable when occasionally qualified by 'I'll see if I can find out': Making absolutely certain any promised feedback is delivered. Make rules rather than restrictions!

I suspect you've employed many of these principles through common sense and experience gained when organizing the walks you mentioned. No doubt you will also derive untold benefit from the ABFG guidelines and from browsing the websites of other groups. When in doubt don't hesitate to approach the ABFG or your fellow members; even a quick post in the Forum may pay dividends.

Good luck and every success.

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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby admin » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:47 pm

It's worth a quick mention that a while back the Association produced a set of leaflets with practical suggestions on starting an ABFG group and a copy of these will shortly be on its way to Joanna. There is a certain amount of 'protocol' that needs to be sorted so that essentials like the Public Liability Insurance are in place but the overriding message is keep it sweet and simple!

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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Roy Miller » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:55 pm

Jo
Any news yet of any progress in setting-up the proposed East Sussex Fungus group.

Just thought I'd check

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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby admin » Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:03 pm

Roy
Thanks for this timely reminder. I have been fairly snowed under in the last week or so with attention to large amounts of data coming in, but having had my memory jogged I will contact Joann Coleman and see if we can get things moving. Presumably you would like to be involved in any setting-up?

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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Roy Miller » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:50 pm

Yes, I would love to be involved,if that OK with everyone.
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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Mike Tebbett » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:41 am

Hi my name is Mike Tebbett this is my first post on this forum.
I am the manager of several farms in East Sussex and we have an interesting 60 acres of canopied ancient woodland that currently seems to be starting to bloom with fungi.
If you would be interested in taking a look and maybe identifying some of the fungi it would be equally as interesting for me. The wood has a history of charcoal burning but hasn't been coppiced since the 1930's. Hence the wood which is mainly hornbeam has grown to canopy, it is dry during the winter and cool during the summer with very little ground cover so easy to walk through. I have enclosed a few picture links that I took yesterday and it would be good to identify the fungi.
If you are interested please contact me by Personal Message.

Image

1. http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/5818/woodland032.jpg

2. http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2743/woodland029.jpg

3. http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/1782/woodland028.jpg

4. http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/9750/woodland024.jpg

5. http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/6551/woodland037.jpg

6. http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/3595/woodland022.jpg

7. http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/1343/woodland019.jpg

8. http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8822/woodland018.jpg

9. http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8596/woodland023.jpg

10. http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/4022/woodland014.jpg

This is the only one I may know, i think its Flyagric

11. http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/3227/woodland038.jpg

many thanks ,

Mike
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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Neil » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:58 pm

Hello Mike,

Welcome to the ABFG Forum. First off, I'm told it's not a good idea to give phone numbers over the internet, so you may want to edit out the number and ask people to "Private Message '' you instead.
You may find yourself inundated with people who only want a new place to go to collect for the pot, rather than to study your wood properly and tell you of their findings, so I would make it a condition of entry that there is to be no picking for the pot, therefor eye with suspicion anybody bringing a large basket, other than a collection box with compartments to keep the specimens separate.

Serious enthusiasts will still be very interested in looking in your wood as it will be a new location for them, and it's important to cover the whole county. I'm very surprised though that being an ancient woodland, you have not had interest before from fungus groups, or the County Fungus Recorder (contact your local Wildlife Trust to find out who he or she is)

So what have you got then ? For starters, none of the photos show enough detail to be 100% certain and they also took me a long time to download, so perhaps the resolution is too high or something ?

Anyway here goes:
1. The Blusher -Amanita muscaria.
2.Possibly the Panther Cap - Amanita pantherina.
3.Possibly a species of Leccinum ? We need to see underneath.
4. I don't know.
5.Maybe the Panther Cap again.
6.Possibly Entoloma rhodopolium ?
7. I don't know.
8. I don't know.
9. Possibly the Oak Milk Cap - Lactarius quietus ?
10. Death Cap - Amanita phalloides.
11. You are right !

Neil Mahler.
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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Mal Greaves » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:03 pm

7 and possibly 8 are Russula nigricans
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Re: A new group for East Sussex

Postby Mike Tebbett » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:29 pm

Thankyou very much for your reply posts.
I have been in touch with Roy Miller and he's popping in tomorrow for a closer look.

best wishes and thanks again,

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