Here are a few bits i’ve put together that might be of interest. Feel free to download PDF’s via the links or drop me an email for editable versions.
Please don’t feed bread POSTER (Opens PDF)
- I believe that feeding bread to wildfowl should be discouraged. This is a tricky subject as feeding birds can be a great way to engage with nature as well as an important cultural activity. The poster gives info about the potential negative effects of feeding bread (especially white) as well as info on the bird’s natural diet. The good news is, specialist feed is available (floating pellets are particularly good) and grain is another alternative (though doesn’t take well to being thrown in to water!) One potential issue associated with regular consumption of bread in waterfowl is a condition known as Angel Wing. Basically, wing joints twist and feathers stick out rather then lying against the body in an affected bird. I understand there is debate as to whether feeding bread can be linked to the condition but as the only affected populations are those fed by man and a diet high in calories and protein (but low in vitamin D and E) is considered the cause, it seems sensible to keep bread off the menu! I do not profess to be an expert on the above and would be very interested to learn more so if you have any knowledge/views on the topic – feel free to comment or email me.
Fungi anatomy guide sheet (Opens PDF)
Fungi anatomy guide sheet 2. (Opens PDF)
- These documents have been designed for those new to fungi to get them thinking about features and differences between species.
- Three worksheets complement the anatomy guides- one for mushroom shaped fungi, another for any ‘other’ shaped specimens and a third for boletus and allies. Due to the enormous amount of species out there and highly variable appearance, ID’ing fungi is a lot more difficult then many think and often requires microscopy. However, these sheets cover some of the questions the forayer needs to ask to get started on recognizing physical similarities and differences. Bring a hand lens, mirror (to check cap undersides) and camera to get the most out of a site visit.
- It goes without saying but NEVER consume fungi unless you are 110% certain of its ID as an edible (and good to eat!) species. These sheets are not designed to definitively reveal ID’s of species – years of experience, study and species familiarity isn’t even enough to always get it right! However, this doesn’t mean that exploring fungi can’t be a really rewarding and often surprising pursuit. We’ve all got to start somewhere!