Go on the hunt for fabulous fungi! How many different shapes, colours and sizes can you spot?
Fungi are always around us in nature but mostly hidden from view, underground, waiting.
Then when the opportunity arrives with cooler temperatures and a spot of rain, their fruiting bodies burst from the ground in a bizarre array of shapes and colours, from toadstools to puff-balls! They have some great names too, from the amethyst deceiver to deadman's fingers!
Although there are a few fungi that can be eaten, some fungi are poisonous so it's best not to touch or pick them. Instead, learn where you are most likely to discover them and appreciate them in their natural habitat in all their weird and wonderful forms.
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Did you know: there are more than 100,000 species of fungi!
- 1. Find your fungi! Fungi grow in lots of places but there is one condition they all need. It needs to be damp, so you’ll often discover fungi in rotting tree stumps and damp soil near living trees. In grassy fields look out for big white blobs as that's where the puffballs grow; here you may also see the magical shape of a fairy ring. Remember not just to look at the ground when on your mushroom mission. Many fungi like the jelly ear fungus grow on dead branches.
- 2. See how many types you can find that match all the ones on our fungi bingo sheet. You'd be super-lucky to see all types, but if you do, make sure you shout bingo! Remember not to touch the fungi. As well as being delicate and easily damaged, remember, some are poisonous so stay safe and observe them carefully. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards or before eating.
- 3. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, painting or description of your experience to help earn your award.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of what you saw or your family on the look out! Alternatively, draw or paint what you saw or upload a description of your experience.