Doctor warns of fantastic fungi

Dr Patrick Harding, who has studied the subject for 30 years, and who lives near High Storrs.
Dr Patrick Harding, who has studied the subject for 30 years, and who lives near High Storrs.
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MASSES of mushrooms and tons of toadstools are sprouting everywhere thanks to an autumn which is proving to be fantastic for fungi.

But a Sheffield expert is warning that people need to know their onions before they go foraging for this natural bounty.

Scores of species are emerging boosted by recent damp weather, but there’s no simple way of telling the tasty ones from those which are deadly, says Dr Patrick Harding. “Some gourmet species look very similar to lethal specimens like the Death Cap,” said Dr Harding, of High Storrs, who has studied the subject for 30 years.

“The UK has over 4,000 different species so it can be bewildering. And just because a fungus is brightly coloured doesn’t necessarily mean its poisonous.

“Meanwhile the pure white Destroying Angel lives up to its name. The only way to identify them is to arm yourself with knowledge.”

Now Dr Harding is running workshops in Sherwood Pines Forest Park on October 19 and 29 from 11am to 3.30pm.

n Call 01623 822447.