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Dead wood

Duration: 01:00

One of the excellent things about Hampstead Heath is that the Corporation of London who manage it do know a lot about wildlife. And they chop trees down sometimes, since they have to - but they leave them there. That is brilliant for fungi because if there’s one basic rule about looking for fungi it’s try and find dead trees, especially lying on the ground, logs and stuff like that. If they’ve been there a long time they will be covered in fungi, almost bound to be. People are always asking which are edible and which aren’t, and they sometimes think mushrooms, edible, toadstools not. That’s complete nonsense, some of them can make you very, very ill, some of them can actually kill you. Bill suggests that just like any other wildlife, you just watch them.

Available since: Fri 11 Jun 2010


Bill Oddie
Camera Operator
Eric Huyton
Camera Operator
James Mcpherson
Camera Operator
Richard North
Camera Operator
Robin Riseley
Camera Operator
Scott Tibbles
Hugh Pearson
Executive Producer
Fiona Pitcher

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Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife Series 2, Hampstead Heath

Bill Oddie spends a day in each season watching wildlife at Hampstead Heath in London.

First broadcast: 21 Feb 2006

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