Foray Rules and Code of Conduct

The primary purpose of the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group is to identify fungi in order to produce a record of those found in our region. Where possible, advice will be given to landowners on appropriate conservation strategies.

 The NSBFG aims to increase the knowledge and expertise of our members, particularly their ability to accurately identify fungi in the field and by the use of microscopy.  Newcomers are especially welcome.  Training Workshops are held on a regular basis.

We meet regularly throughout the year in a region bounded by Bristol, Portishead, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Frome.

In addition, monthly surveys are held at Tyntesfield, a National Trust estate near Bristol.

The North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group is affiliated to the Fungus Conservation Trust and to the British Mycological Society.

Guidelines for Group Forays

In accord with most other Outdoor Groups, members are asked to ensure that when on Forays they carry details of a contact name at all times.

We abide by laws, byelaws and the Countryside Code

We always seek the landowner’s permission before foraying, and provide a list of fungi found.

We explain to the owner the reasons for the foray.

Collecting for consumption is not permitted.

We only collect minimum quantities sufficient for analysis and identification.

We minimise disturbance to the leaf litter, logs, soil and other features.

Ancient woodlands and natural grasslands can contain a rich variety of different types of fungi and may include rare species.  Particular care will be taken when collecting from these sites.

Dogs are not allowed on Forays.  They are prohibited on many of the sites that we study (private land, SSSIs and Nature Reserves).

Children (under 18) are very welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  The sites are rarely suitable for pushchairs.

Members of the NSBFG agree that all records will be sent to two UK fungal databases (CATE2 and FRDBI).

Please note we are not insured to comment on the edibility of fungi.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis), is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks, particularly deer ticks, which are increasingly common in the UK countryside.  Lyme disease can be treated effectively if it’s detected early.  However, if not treated or if treatment is delayed, there is a risk of developing severe and long-lasting symptoms.

Forayers are thus advised to avoid being bitten by:

  • covering arms and wearing long trousers
  • tucking trousers into socks or boots, or wearing gaiters
  • using an insect repellent, eg. Deet
  • checking clothing and inspecting skin for ticks after each foray

If a tick is found, it should be removed immediately.

If concerned, please consult NHS Choices