Autumn is a great time to learn more about fungi with many organised walks throughout Scotland. Fungi plays a vital role in keeping soil healthy, providing plants with the nutrition they need, and they are attracting more and more of us out to the great outdoors.
Experts say that foraging for fungi has become more popular in Scotland in recent years, but warn it can be very dangerous! Only approximately 50 of the 3,000 species of fungi in Scotland are edible, so only eat them if you are completely sure what you have picked. We advise that you only go on a fungi foray with an expert.
Dr Andy Taylor, mycologist at the MacAulay Institute in Aberdeen, describes some of the fungi found in Scotland and explains the dangers they can pose.
Page first published on Thursday 6th August 2009
Page last updated on Friday 7th August 2009