Down2Earth Days Out - Identifying & Foraging for Edible Funghi

There is an abundance of edible plants and mushrooms that grow in the UK and knowing what you can or cannot eat from your local woods will enhance your walks and your diet. Much of what you may find when foraging would be considered food for exclusive dining, often beyond a normal household budget. With the knowledge and skills learned on our courses, you can enjoy these free!

British Funghi & Their Seasons. Some are edible, some are not. Know the difference before you pick.

Latin NameCommon NameTypeSeason StartSeason End
Agaricus arvensisHorse MushroomEdibleJulyNovember
Agaricus augustusThe PrinceEdibleAugustNovember
Agaricus campestrisField MushroomEdibleJulyOctober
Agaricus macrosporusAgaricus macrosporusEdibleJulyOctober
Agaricus moelleri, Agaricus placomycesInky MushroomPoisonousJuneOctober
Agaricus silvaticusThe Blushing Wood MushroomEdibleSeptemberNovember
Agaricus silvicolaWood mushroomEdibleSeptemberNovember
Agaricus xanthodermusYellow StainerPoisonousJulyNovember
Agricus pilatianusAgaricus PilatianusPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Amanita fulvaTawny GrisetteEdibleJuneNovember
Amanita gemmataAmanita GemmataPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Amanita muscariaFly agaricPoisonousAugustDecember
Amanita pantherinaPanther CapPoisonousJulyNovember
Amanita PhalliodesDeath CapPoisonousJulyNovember
Amanita rubescensThe BlusherEdibleJuneNovember
Amanita vernaSpring AmanitaPoisonousJulyNovember
Amanita virosaDestroying angelPoisonousJulyNovember
Armillaria melleaHoney FungusEdibleJuneDecember
Auricularia auricula-judaeWood EarsEdibleAll yearAll year
Boletus badiusBay BoletusEdibleSeptemberNovember
Boletus chrysenteronRed Cracked BoleteEdibleJulyOctober
Boletus edulusPenny BunEdibleAugustNovember
Boletus purpureus, Boletus rhodopurpureusBoletus PurpureusPoisonousJulyNovember
Boletus rhodoxanthusBoletus RhodoxanthusPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Boletus satanasSatans BoletePoisonousJuneSeptember
Boletus satanoides, Boletus legaliaeBoletus SatanoidsPoisonousJuneSeptember
Boletus versipellisOrange Birch BoleteEdibleJulyNovember
Cantherellus cibariusChanterelleEdibleJuneNovember
Cantherellus infundibbuliformis/tubaeformisWinter ChanterelleEdibleAugustDecember
Clitocybe dealbataClitocybe DealbataPoisonousJulyNovember
Clitocybe geotropaTrooping funnelEdibleSeptemberDecember
Clitocybe rivulosaClitocybe RivulosaPoisonousAugustNovember
Coprinellus micaceusGlistening Ink CapEdibleMayOctober
Coprinopsis atramentariaCommon Ink CapPoisonousAprilNovember
Coprinus comatusShaggy Ink CapsEdibleAugustNovember
Coprinus picaceusMagpie FungusPoisonousAugustNovember
Craterellus/Cantharellus cornucopoidesHorn Of PlentyEdibleSeptemberNovember
Entoloma RhodopoliumEntoloma RhodopoliumPoisonousJulyNovember
Fistulina hepaticaBeefsteak FungusEdibleAugustNovember
Flammulina velutipesVelvet ShankEdibleJanuaryMarch
Hebeloma crustuliniformePoison PiePoisonousAugustNovember
Hydnum repandumHedgehog FungusEdibleAugustNovember
Hygrocybe coccineaScarlet HoodEdibleAugustNovember
Hygrocybe pratensisMeadow Wax CapEdibleAugustNovember
Hygrophoropis aurantiacaFalse ChanterellePoisonousSeptemberNovember
Hypholoma fasciculareSulphur TuftPoisonousAll yearAll year
Inocybe cookeiInocybe CookeiPoisonousAugustNovember
Inocybe fastigiata, Inocybe rimosaInocybe FastigiataPoisonousJuneNovember
Inocybe flocculosaInocybe FlocculosaPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Inocybe geophyllaInocybe GeophyllaPoisonousJuneNovember
Inocybe godeyiInocybe GodeyiPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Inocybe hystrixInocybe HystrixPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Inocybe maculataInocybe MaculataPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Inocybe napipesInocybe NapipesPoisonousAugustNovember
Inocybe patouillardiiRed Staining InocybePoisonousAprilNovember
Laccaria amethystinaAmethyst DecieverEdibleJuneDecember
Laccaria laccataThe DeceiverEdibleJuneNovember
Lactarius chrysorrheusLactarius ChrysorrheusPoisonousJulyNovember
Lactarius deliciosusSaffron Milk CapEdibleJulyNovember
Lactarius pubescensLactarius pubescensPoisonousAugustNovember
Lactarius torminosusWoolly Milk CapPoisonousAugustOctober
Laetiporus sulphureusChicken Of The WoodsEdibleMayAugust
Langermannia/Calvatia/Lycoperdon giganteaGiant Puff BallEdibleJulyNovember
Lepiota brunneo-incarnataLepiota Brunneo-incarnataPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Lepiota rhacodesShaggy ParasolEdibleJulyDecember
Lepista nuda/clitocybe nudaWood BlewitEdibleSeptemberDecember
Lepista saeva, Clitocybe saevaField BlewitEdibleN/AN/A
Leptonia incana, Entoloma incanumLeptonia IncanaPoisonousAugustNovember
Lycoperdon perlatumCommon PuffballEdibleJulyNovember
Lycoperdon pyroformisStump PuffballEdibleJulyNovember
Macro Lepiota proceraParasolEdibleMayNovember
Marasimus oreadesFairy Ring ChampignonsEdibleAprilNovember
Morchella esculentaCommon MorelEdibleAprilMay
Omphalotus oleariusJack O'LanternPoisonousSeptemberNovember
Oudermansiella mucidaPorcelain FungusEdibleAugustNovember
Paxillus involutusBrown Roll RimPoisonousAugustNovember
Piptoporus betulinusBirch PolyporeEdibleAll yearAll year
Pleurotus ostreatusOyster MushroomEdibleAll yearAll year
Polyporus squamosusDryads SaddleEdibleFebruaryAugust
Russula betulariumRussula BetularumPoisonousJulyNovember
Russula claroflavaYellow Swamp RussulaEdibleSeptemberNovember
Russula cyanoxanthaThe Charcoal BurnerEdibleJulyDecember
Russula emeticaThe SickenerPoisonousJulyNovember
Russula luteotactaRussula LuteotactaPoisonousJulyNovember
Russula mairei, Russula nobilisBeechwood SickenerPoisonousAugustNovember
Russula ochroleucaCommon Yellow RussulaEdibleAugustNovember
Russula parazureaPowdery BrittlegillEdibleJulyOctober
Russula virescensGreen Cracking RussulaEdibleAugustNovember
Sarcoscypha coccineaScarlet Elf CupEdibleJanuaryApril
Scleroderma citrinum, areolatum, verrucosumCommon Earth BallPoisonousJulyDecember
Sparassis crispaCauliflower FungusEdibleSeptemberNovember
Stropharia aeruginosaVerdigris AgaricPoisonousAprilNovember
Suillus luteusSlippery JackEdibleSeptemberNovember
Tricholoma ustaleTricholoma UstalePoisonousAugustNovember
Tricholoma/Calocybe gambosumSt Georges MushroomEdibleAprilMay
Tuber aestivumTrufflesEdibleAugustNovember