Waxcap fungi (photo: Dave Purchase)


Under development. Contributions from BFC members welcome. Watch this space.

About fungi

Introductory text.

Mycelial networks and their intimate relationship with plants. The woodwide web.

Fungal forms

Mushrooms with pores

Mushrooms with gills

Mushrooms with false gills, coral fungi and tooth fungi

Crust fungi and bracket fungi

Jelly fungi

Puffballs and stinkhorns

Sac fungi

Fungi in the High Peak

For these buttons with the solid borders to work properly you will need to be registered and logged into iNaturalist. This is a free and extremely useful app. See our ‘How to record wildlife’ page for more information and tips on how to use it.

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all fungi and lichen observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all fungi and lichen observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Grassland Fungi in the High Peak

Honey Waxcap (Hygrocybe reidii) 24/10/22 Corbar Woods (R Purchase)
Pettycoat Mottlegill (Panaeolus papilionaceus) 24/10/22 Corbar Woods (R Purchase)

Click on the button to go to our gallery of grassland fungi found around Buxton and the High Peak.

Scarlet Caterpillarclub (Cordyceps militaris) Lightwood (M Cocker)

“This looks to be an interesting new one for Lightwood and Buxton. It is called scarlet caterpillarclub Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that infects a butterfly/moth larva and then fills the body with its mycelium. Eventually the fungus devours the insect and throws up a fruiting body above ground, the finger like granular structure illustrated. It has been known in China since c600AD and it is a common ingredient of Chinese medicine, credited with viagra-like powers. There have only been 1,175 records in UK with an accepted record near Brandside being the closest. Over harvesting for the eastern trade in Cordyceps has had a destructive impact on the fungus group in many places.”

Mark Cocker, BFC Facebook post (4th Nov 2022).

Identifying fungi

Grassland Fungi: a field guide (2nd edn)

Elsa Wood and Jon Dunkelman

Monmouthshire Meadows Group

Nicely produced and attractive field guide with high quality photos, suitable for the beginner and amateur enthusiast in grassland mycology.

Information and guidance

The British Mycological Society is open to all who are interested in promoting and learning about the exciting world of fungi. It has member sections devoted to particular aspects of the fungal world including cutting edge research into many aspects of fungal science, the conservation and recording of fungal fruitbodies and the provision of educational resources for use at all ages and experience. 

The Society was founded in 1896 to promote the scientific study of fungi in all their diversity. Since then it has grown to be one of the major mycological societies in the world. The word ‘mycology’ should not put you off, because just as astronomy is the study of the stars, mycology is the study of fungi.

Private Facebook group that you can join on application, for sharing of members’ own photos and identification. International membership (57k members).

Books on fungi and mycelial networks with plants

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures

Merlin Sheldrake


A fascinating exploration of the fungal world and its myriad interconnections with the environment and our lives.

Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the Wisdom and Intelligence if the Forest

Suzanne Simard


Fascinating account by the scientist who discovered through 25 years of painstaking field research in British Columbia the webs of interdependence and communication between trees through fungal networks.