Click, don't pick! Fantastic Fungi at Longshaw
Join our "Click, don't pick!" campaign, and help to keep Longshaw's fungi fruiting year on year. Longshaw is famous for its diversity of fungi, and we would love everyone to be able to see and and enjoy the weird and wonderful forms that appear, and for the fungi to continue to thrive year upon year. So, we'd love you to bring your camera and capture some stunning photos, while leaving the fungi fully in tact and ready to spread some spores. 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 magnifier is always useful.
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.
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.
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!
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 Peakdistrict.nationaltrust.org.uk with a GPS location if possible, and you can contribute to our conservation work.
Many fungi are poisonous, so take care, and always wash your hands before eating.