Each Fungus Conservation Trust group operates independently for the benefit of its members. The Trust is here to serve on behalf of local groups, not the other way around. Each group has its own way of working but most carry out regular forays through the season with those who have greater experience helping those that are starting out on the learning curve. If, as a new member, you find that a group is not giving you the necessary help and encouragement, then it is not doing its job adequately.
The more serious side of group activity lies in monitoring fungus stocks within its local area. It does this through its regular forays. Local group members collect representative specimens of each species they find and these are identified (determined) either during the foray or afterwards by the group recorder. These records are then held by the group and copied to the CATE2 national repository of fungus data.