Fantastic Fungi at Longshaw

Amethyst Deceiver

You can find over 1000 kinds of fungi at Longshaw – from eye-catching fly agarics and waxcaps, to many kinds of woody brackets and crusts on logs, as well as jelly fungi, rusts and mildews. Many are tiny but beautiful, so a hand-lens is always useful. And bring your camera!

Tiny cup fungus
Tiny cup fungus
Earpick fungus
Unusual fungus

Ice-Man Fungi

Some of the most amazing fungi at Longshaw are the “Ice-Man Fungi” on birch trees. This fungus, also called the Hoof Fungus,  was carried by Ötzi the Ice Age man 5000 years ago for using as tinder to light fires.  You can spot them all over the Estate.


a bright red scarlett waxcap nestles in the grass

Bright red, orange, yellow and green waxcap toadstools found in short grass  are also good to photograph. They are Longshaw’s “flowers of autumn”.  Longshaw is a special place for these fungi, which are really quite rare.

Dung Fungi

If you’re really keen you can look for fungi on dung! Some of the most extraordinary fungi grow on cow-pats, like the “hat-thrower” Pilobolus.  Try out your macrophotography skills!

Hat thrower on dung
Tiny hat thrower fungus

Send us your photos!

Volunteers at Longshaw are monitoring and  recording fungi all year round. You can help us by taking photos of fungi which you find. No need to pick – just click!  We’ll try to put a name to your finds for you. Send them to us at with a GPS location if possible, and you can contribute to our conservation work

Using a mirror to photograph a toadstool
Using a mirror to photograph the top and underside of a toadstool

We post photos and information about our fungi survey on “Wildlife of Longshaw Estate “ Flickr site.
Many fungi are poisonous, so take care, and always wash your hands before eating.

Split gill fungus
Split gill fungus on branch

Did you know?

The Longshaw National Trust Fungi and Lichen Survey has been busy since December 2013. We are a team of very enthusiastic volunteers who go out every fortnight, all year round to find fungi. We've already found over 230 new kinds for the Longshaw Estate, which we carefully check using microscopy. We want to show just how important Longshaw is for its amazing fungi and lichens. It's a special place for us all to treasure.