There is a code of conduct amoungst fungi lovers to make sure we respect the area and try not to damage the delicate mychorrizal roots system.
General Pickers Rules
Never pick a mushroom that you do not recognise in some way. It could be very rare. The recommended route is to photograph it in position and post it on the site to get identification.
Try to get permission if the land is private. Be VERY sure you are not over harvesting and check if the land is an SSSI. We have a massive problem these days of areas being denuded of wild food due to its popularity so we all have a collective responsibility to only take what we need adn if there are loads of pickers, move on to another area.
Follow the country code. i.e: close gates, don't leave a mark, be quiet and respectful.
Avoid moving dead wood around as it disturbes wildlife.
Don't go trampling on delicate plants when trying to get to fungi.
If you don't want to eat it, try to identify it in situation and do not pick it.
Cut fungi at the base with a knife rather than rip them out of the ground. this limits damage to the fungi threads.
Only collect a few from each troop - leave some for others and nature. Let's learn from the cod fishing industry experiences....
A last word about the legality of picking wild food - (this is mainly a rule in Wales but may cover the whole UK, it is best to know it anyway):
"Under common law it is not an offence to pick the “Four F’s”; fruit, foliage, fungi or flowers which are growing wild if they are for personal use and not for sale. This provision does not apply if the species in question is specially protected, say by listing in Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This means that anyone can pick blackberries, take ivy and holly for Christmas, gather sloes and pick mushrooms for themselves. However, this right can only be exercised where there is a legal right of access i.e. alongside public footpath or in a public place."
It is important to have at least 3 books so you can cross reference and cover as many species as possible
Below is a range of Wild Food Foraging Books, Mushroom Growing Kits, Wild Product Production Kits I Recoomend
Sit back and view the range, just hover your mouse over the image of you are interested and then click through to see more detail. You can scroll to find the item using the arrow next to the small images.
great article - i am off to buy a book on wild mushrooms!
Shouldn\'t the first sentence of your pickers advice read \"Never pick a mushroom that you do NOT recognise in some way.?
Thanks Keith! Error fixed, well spotted.
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