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wildmushroomonline.co.uk Wild Mushrooms in Wales
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Wales really is an ideal spot for wild mushroom picking. It has a damp climate and large areas of very undisturbed countryside, as well as large areas of woodlands and forests, so the mushrooms just love to live here ! 

Wales often experiences quite wet summers, which means that the conditions are ideal for mushrooms and the season for mushroom picking is at its best in September, but it can last into October and early November, but remember not to pick and eat any mushrooms which are ‘going off’ since even though they are edible, they may cause an upset stomach. 

If you want to go on an organised trip, there are special ‘mushroom gathering’ breaks which you can book on and these will help you to identify mushrooms and be more confident about which are edible and which should be avoided at all costs. These can usually be found in various parts of Wales but tend to be limited to October and early November, when the mushroom season is in its peak. 

You will often find about 20 or so different types of mushrooms on a woodland walk and a lot of these will be edible, but it is important to check them out and ensure that you are only using ones which are both palatable and edible.

In autumn time, the cep (also known as porcini or in English, the penny bun) is quite common. This can often be found around beech as well as oak trees and if you see the red toadstool ‘fly agaric’. 

This is the absolute classic toadstool, with its red helmet and white flecks. But it loves the exact conditions that the cep likes, so if you find a red ‘traditional’ toadstool, keep your eyes out for a cep. These will usually only be around in October time.

Chanterelles are also quite common in Wales, although not quite as common as they are in Scotland. In Wales you will find chanterelles near birch, chestnut or hazel trees and to a lesser extent near birch trees. 

They are a bright orangey tan shade and smell very faintly of apricots. However they do not grow on the rotting roots of conifers, so if you see an orange mushroom on a rotting root, leave it, because it is a ‘false chanterelle’ and is poisonous.

Throughout Wales it is possible to find all sorts of fungi and edible fungi at that. However, there is one very special mushroom which grows here, which is the wax cap fungi and is found on grassland which has basically been left alone and returned to the wild. 

However, only the meadow waxcap is edible and this is a mushroom which appears in spring, is very large and has a creamy white helmet, with a creamy white underside. You will often find it around in grassy areas which have not been treated with pesticides or lawn fertiliser. It is a great mushroom to have in the spring and is sometimes called St George’s Mushroom, because it often springs up towards the end of April, on St George’s Day, which is April 23rd.

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Posted By,  john sztucki on September 18,2010
yes i live in wales and pick on a regular basis,ceps and orange birch since 3rd week of july,this year a corker,hardly ever see anyone else picking so can do afternoon hunts with good basket every time.
Posted By,  sally on November 7,2010
Brilliant site thanks for the little video clips
Posted By,  Ceri on April 23,2017
Meadow Waxcap and St George's Mushrooms are two completely separate fungi and are nothing alike!
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Wild Mushroom Identification - Recommended Books for All Skill Levels:
Every amateur mycologist should have a decent library of books, here are the top five books I highly recommend for wild mushroom identification:
1) Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Britain and Europe (Field Guides)  - Great layout with superb images - Peter Jordan
3) Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification  - This one is a proper belter with loads and loads of good technical data - Roger Phillips
4) Complete Mushroom Book: The Quiet Hunt   - A lovely book by a lovely man. Antonio Carluccio
5) Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1 - Always a favourite from Hugh's fungi specialist friend, John Wright

It is important to have at least 3 books so you can cross reference and cover as many species as possible