Fungi in focus on National Trust walks

The National Trust for Scotland will run several walks across Aberdeenshire focusing on fungi over the next few weeks.
The National Trust for Scotland will run several walks across Aberdeenshire focusing on fungi over the next few weeks.

The National Trust for Scotland are set to host a series of fungi-focused walks across Aberdeenshire in the upcoming weeks.

With the fungi season now in full swing, The National Trust for Scotland are running the events in order to give everyone the opportunity to learn more about the organisms that are thriving across the region.

Trust Ranger for the North-East, Toni Watt, said: “Fungi are unique in the natural world. They are not animals or plants but are in a kingdom all of their own.

“Of course the question everyone always wants to know is, are the fungi edible?

“The best way to learn how to pick and eat fungi is to spend time out with groups of experts getting to know a few mushrooms that are edible and learning to recognise them in different situations.

“Do not eat them until you are confident!”

Toni added: “On our National Trust for Scotland walks we start you off getting to learn different sorts of fungi as a first step on the way.

“We also look at how to identify some of the poisonous ones which can be valuable to learn but most of all we look at the role of fungi in the ecosystem, their value for wildlife and their many shapes and forms.

“It is a fascinating journey getting to know fungi and curiously addictive once you start.”

The first walk providing a beginners guide to fungi will be held on Saturday, September 19, at Leith Hall Garden and Estate from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The next walk will be held at Castle Fraser Garden and Estate on Sunday, September 27, and will also run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Both of the walks are aimed at adults and older children.

Tickets for adults cost £5 and £3 for children, booking is required.

To celebrate National Fungus Day on Sunday, October 4, Crathes Castle Garden and Estate will host a series of events including Mushroom and Toadstool Surgery and Fungal Foray.

For more information and to book your place call 01330 844810 or email Nerangerservice@nts.org.uk

Further details can also be found on the Trust’s website: www.nts.org.uk