Sidmouth Cemetery has an interesting mycota, the population of fungi to you and me. As part of the Science Festival's Biodiversity Day, the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group has organised a survey of the fungi in Sidmouth Cemetery with the help of Michael Jordan from the Fungus Conservation Trust.
We will meet by the cemetery chapel. The Cemetery main entrance is in Temple Street by Spar, EX10 9BN, what3words dance.tanks.beats. Go up the drive to the Chapel. There is limited parking on the main drive. The car park entrance is a narrow driveway in Winslade Road, between 75 and 77, EX10 9EZ, what3words digit.angel.flies.
Michael will give a brief introduction including the sustainability of the collection method, and then we will spread out to find specimens. If there is time, the search will extend up into the woodland of the Sid Vale Association’s Knapp Nature Reserve. The group will then come together and Michael will talk through the different species found. Some will need microscopic investigation and chemical tests to give a complete identification and Michael will take away specimens to do this and produce a species list for the biodiversity records.
Please note, this a citizen science activity not a forage for edible fungi.
The group size has to be limited for this activity and so please book a place through the Eventbrite link above.
The event is free because of support from the Science Festival but donations to the Fungus Conservation Trust will be welcome on the day.
This activity has been organised with the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group.