Finding fungi at Kedleston Hall

Fungi growing on a tree in the woodlands, Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Take a closer look at the old fallen tree trunks in Kedleston’s parkland and you might spot some of the 90 species of fascinating fungi growing in the grounds.

Appearing in all shapes and sizes and in all kinds of places it’s the perfect excuse to get exploring in the great outdoors.

What’s so special about fungi?

Acting as nature’s very own recycler they have the ability to decompose dead plants and animals helping maintain a sustainable environment.

They provide food and shelter for many insects and other creatures found in the grounds and of course there are lots of tasty dishes that wouldn’t be the same without it (the none poisonous kind, of course!).

Their unusual appearance and ability to grow in all sorts of strange locations simply makes them one of nature’s most interesting gifts to the great outdoors.   

Fungi walk at Kedleston

Agaricus comtulus and Conocybe pubescens. They might sound like spells cast in an adventure with Harry Potter and friends, but they are in fact just some of the species of fungi found in the grounds at Kedleston Hall by ecologist, Beverley Rhodes.

We’re excited to welcome Beverley back for more fascinating fungi walks on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October.