Fungal foray at Stoke Woods

PUBLISHED: 18:01 21 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 10 June 2010

Can you tell your Oysterlings from your Earthstars? Have you seen Dead Man s Fingers or Plums and Custard in the woods? These are the names of different species of wild mushroom, and walkers can find out about such marvellous fungi on a free guided walk in Stoke Woods this Sunday

Can you tell your Oysterlings from your Earthstars? Have you seen Dead Man's Fingers or Plums and Custard in the woods?

These are the names of different species of wild mushroom, and walkers can find out about such marvellous fungi on a free guided walk in Stoke Woods this Sunday (October 26).

Native mushrooms hold some real surprises.Tasty or toxic but always fascinating, fungi are an enigma. They are neither plant nor animal and have often brought a mysterious element to fairytales and stories, such as Alice in Wonderland.

The guided walk will be led by Exeter City Council's Countryside Rangers and local naturalist Nigel Pinhorn to show how best to identify fungi and give an insight to their fascinating ecology. "This event is not a guide to suitability for eating," said a council spokesman.

People who want to join the walk should meet at 2pm on Sunday, October 26, at Stoke Woods' Top Car Park along Pennsylvania Road 600 metres on left past Wrefords Lane. Limited parking available.

If travelling by public transport from Exeter, take P bus to the top of Stoke Valley Road, then walk 400 metres along Pennsylvania Road (no pavement).

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