Fungi under microscope

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AREAS of South Yorkshire are to be scoured by fungi lovers thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Fund has awarded £26,000 to the British Mycological Society, to help increase expertise in fungal identification.

The cash will be used to train volunteers to carry out surveys which will take place in the county during the third week in May.

If conditions are favourable, it is expected several hundreds of species will be studied and recorded to improve understanding of their occurrence and distribution.

Caroline Hobart of the British Mycological Society said: “We are absolutely delighted the Heritage Lottery Fund is funding our training project.

“Fungi are vital organisms and underpin life on earth.

“It is crucial we ensure the numbers of people with appropriate identification skills is increased.”