Comments for en-gb 30 Thu 18 Dec 2014 02:31:19 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Gale I would just like to say thank you to Chris for using my two photos here.I thought I already had but obviously not.It's another great year for fungus, I've found lots again this year already. I try and go out to the woods here everyday, as some fungus only have a very short life span, you need to go out often otherwise you miss them.And there really are some fantastic ones around.I never pick, I look enjoy and photograph, I get so excited when I find them.The best time was when I found my very first fly agaric, it was near woods by the forest of dean.......people who witnessed me finding the fungus must have thought me mad, I was dancing shouting and cheering, I was making a real spectical of myself - but I didn't worry, I'd found what I'd been looking for for many years.Good luck if your out and about.....Happy hunting everyone. Thu 16 Sep 2010 15:51:14 GMT+1 zergon Toally agree. Foraging is encouraged by chefs and trendies but they forget some species are protected and if everyone decided to give it a go there'd be nothing left. Most edible mushrooms are available in grow-your-own packs so why pick them from wild. As with wild flowers - leave them for others to enjoy; plant your own wild life garden - contribute; don't destroy. Mon 16 Nov 2009 12:18:57 GMT+1 colin This autumn has been one of the best here in NE Derbyshire for fungi that I can remember. I am lucky in that the woods that I visit do not as yet seem to be of interest to the commercial gatherers, the possible exception of a few magic mushroom hunters.I have taken a few field mushrooms, out of my own field, which I ate within minuits of picking but other than those few all the rest I have seen have been photographed and left to nature.In my local woods this weekend seems to be the end of the display, but it has not been disapointing and I never expected it to carry on into mid November.A few weeks ago I found some fly agarics under a silver birch, one was rather deformed so I took a few pictures with the idea of returning next day to see how it had developed over night. Next morning I found the same spot only to find every last fly agaric had gone, there were some red deer tracks in and around the area, do they feature in the red deers diet often? Sun 15 Nov 2009 16:48:58 GMT+1 Michael Galvan Wastage of the type Chris cites is never good, but on the other hand, porcini (ceps) have been harvested on an extremely commercial basis in Italy for many, many years without any apparent impact on their availability, both fresh and dried, at markets / greengrocers and in restaurants. If anything, they seem to have become cheaper and more abundant recently. However, on the OTHER other hand, Italian porcini collectors have undoubtedly been casting their nets wider into accession EU countries recently, into places where such commercial harvesting may not previously have occurred; so the perception of resilient fungal blooming may be false.(First time commenter, by the way - Spring / Autumnwatch is one of my favourite progs, and Chris Packham is one of the most informed and charismatic people on television.) Sat 14 Nov 2009 12:58:07 GMT+1 Siobhan McNamara It's certainly food for thought and an issue worth raising in light of the terrible greed and wastage Chris mentions. It would be interesting to know if this is also the case in European countries such as France where mushroom picking is part of rural life. Maybe it is less of a problem there because those involved take only what is used in the kitchen. When I lived in France in the 90s information was widely displayed regarding types of edible fungi and correct methods of collecting.Let's hope that this does not become yet another case of realising the value of something only after we have destroyed it. Fri 13 Nov 2009 23:45:35 GMT+1 Karin There's nothing more fun than going on a fungi hunt in autumn! However, I have noticed over the past 5 years that as more and more TV programs have featured the culinary delights of 'picking your own', a lot of species have vanished from my local woodlands; I can't find any chanterelles and overzealous collectors take each and every cep!In light of this I've stopped taking any mushrooms, not just because of the possibility of them disappearing, but also because they are an important foodstuff to local wildlife; very often when walking through dense patches of spruce at this time of year I find mushrooms that have been 'stashed' in the branches by red squirrels, so I think it is far more important that they get to eat the fruitbodies- and they don't decimate the fungi population in the process! Fri 13 Nov 2009 22:41:39 GMT+1 Osprey I mostly just like to look at fungi and photograph it. Partly because I am not always sure enough about what is safe to eat and partly because I prefer to leave it to spoor and spread. I have picked the odd few that I was sure of and as long as they were plentiful so that there are always plenty left for the wildlife and to reproduce. I like having a guess as to what has been nibbling at them :0) Fri 13 Nov 2009 19:43:22 GMT+1 theSteB It is an interesting and thought provoking comments. I'd agree about the greed of some commercial or large scale mushroom picking in our woods. However, I don't necessarily think that picking mushrooms has a negative effect on fungi. On Continental Europe far, far more fungi are picked in the wild than are ever gathered in the UK. As far as I am aware, there is no shortage of fungi in parts of Europe where fungi are picked in huge amounts. Take the Cep (Boletus edulis). It is used to flavour mushroom soup, and is available from most Supermarkets and Delicatessens. To my knowledge virtually all these are wild picked as it is not a fungi easily cultivated. This level of picking does not seem to suppress the fungi.Having said this I mostly photograph fungi and just eat the few better species, like Ceps (if I can find the in good condition).It is an interesting cultural phenomena that we are so fearful of eating wild fungi in this country, whilst in some European countries mushroom picking is very popular and very widespread. The late Gordon Wasson wrote quite a lot about Mycophobe and Mycophile cultures.Also I hate to say this but I don't think Chris' theory about Fly agarics in beer for Viking Bersekers is correct, or at least there is no evidence for it. Instead it is quite a recent theory (a couple of hundred years old) and there is no traditional or historic evidence for this. It came about when Swedish naturalists started to study the Laplanders and connected their Shaman's use of Fly agarics, with the Viking Bersekers. I know that Linnaeus visted Lapland and knew about the Fly agaric use. I've read very widely on the use of these fungi and plants by Shamans. However, I have never come across any reliable reference to Fly agarics being used in beer. Most of the authorities that have written about this have also questioned the Viking Berserker Fly agaric link. I think this is because Scandinavia has been considered a Mycophobe country and there is nothing in the history or sagas to indicate any use or like of mushrooms, especially Fly agarics. The Saami people of Lapland are not really part of the group of people that formed the Norsemen. Thu 12 Nov 2009 18:26:27 GMT+1 Denice_Stout I just love photographing fungi, although I might pick a fungus that is plentyful like field mushrooms.Mostly I just find them too beautiful to even touch them, let alone pick and eat. Thu 12 Nov 2009 16:28:35 GMT+1 Uk Wildlife I rather enjoy walking through woodland or across a field at this time of year with my camera looking for photogenic fungi, which make a refreshing change from things that run or fly away! But I have myself been worried by the recent fashion in collecting wild fungi. Firstly from a ecological point of view there removing the next generation of a vital part of the ecosystem. Hopefully the act of picking the fungus will disperse at least some of the spores but eventually the main fungus will die and if its fruiting bodies have been collected there wont be any spores to replace it or colonise new areas.Secondly it selfishly will prevent anyone else from enjoying one the marvels of autumn Thu 12 Nov 2009 15:28:16 GMT+1 EnglishFolkfan Likewise I look but don't take. Not out of fear from mistaking but in order to let Nature complete the food/life cycle. I find the fascination is watching this progress through the seasons in places one knows well. The same applies to flowers, plants and all living things ...... my garden holds the 'rich pickings' I need with plenty of surplus for visiting & resident wildlife. Thu 12 Nov 2009 15:11:57 GMT+1