To Be Carried Out in the Field
Characteristics are best taken when in the field
as fungi will quickly deteriorate once picked, and
these will become obscured. Important characteristics such as
smell and colour can be lost if not observed at
It is important to note where the fungi are
growing or on what they are growing. The habitat the fungi are growing such as in a
deciduous wood, or growing on a particular tree
species, can be of significant importance in
When in the field, note whether the fungi is alone
or growing in clusters.
To make identification easier, it is best to
photograph the fungi in the field. This will
provide a lasting indication of colour.
Photographing should be carried making sure that
you photograph the cap, stipe, gills and if in a
cluster the fungi in different stages of growth.
Removing fungi has to be done carefully, as many are
fragile and easily damage. When removed from
soil make sure you get the complete stipe
including its root like structures.