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National park in fungus plea to walkers

Posted 19 September 2011
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National park in fungus plea to walkers
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Those who like to go walking in the Northumberland National Park have been asked to report any fungi sightings to the national park authority.

A survey is being carried out on the number and variety of waxcap mushrooms, which come in a wide variety of colours and are expected to be plentiful this autumn after the wet summer.

Ranger Shaun Hackett said he was keen to hear from anyone seeing the toadstools.

He stated: "Just recording the presence of the different colours will be a big help for rangers and ecologists to identify sites and decide which ones need conserving."

Waxcaps can come in orange, red, pink, grey, black and green shades, with the September to November period being the time when they are most prominent.

Northumberland is not the only national park where mushrooms are on the agenda this month.

The Active Aboyne Festival in the Cairngorms will include a guided walk on September 24th with an expert on fungi.