Programme of Events 2021

President: Richard Fortey, FRS
Recorders: Wendy MacEachrane Judy Webb Caroline Jackson-Houlston Molly Dewey Julia Huggins Kate Colles

Please note that all meetings are contingent on compliance with any guidance about Covid restrictions.

Site details have been omitted to avoid overcrowding at some sensitive sites with limited access. Non-members are welcome but should contact the Secretary ( beforehand for all surveys other than the public event at the Harcourt Arboretum. Supporters of the Wychwood Group or Woodcote Commoners should contact their group organiser in these organisations, who will liaise with the FSO.

15 - 31 August Nippers Grove, Wyfold, near Sonning Common - date to be agreed nearer the time if weather favourable. Limited parking on roadside
Leader: Richard Fortey
Recorder: Julia Huggins

25 September (14.00 start) Foxholes NR, BBOWT. Limited parking; rough ground.
Leader: Wendy MacEachrane
Recorder: Kate Colles

3 October (13.30 talk for 14.00 walk) National Fungus Day, Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay SU556985. Joint with Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire. Entry charge for Arboretum (but not for event) if not a concessionary.
Leader: Richard Fortey
Recorder: Molly Dewey

10 October, (13.30 start) Singe Wood. Limited parking.
Leader: Wychwood Group rep.
Recorder: C. M. Jackson-Houlston

17 October (13.30 start) College Wood, Woodcote.
Leader:Woodcote Commoners rep.
Recorder: C. M. Jackson-Houlston

24 October (13.30 start) Bagley Wood Sawmill, combined meeting with Abingdon Natural History Group. May be muddy.
Leader: Molly Dewey
Recorder: Wendy MacEachrane

31 October (10.30 start) Shotover Estate.
Leader: Caroline Jackson-Houlston
Recorder: Julia Huggins

3 November (10.30 start) Crowsley Park, grassland. Limited parking.
Leader: Richard Fortey
Recorder: Julia Huggins

13 November (10.30 start) Joint Meeting with Thames Valley Fungus Group Aston Rowant, possibly including Cowleaze Wood.
Leader: Judy Webb
Recorder: Julia Huggins

21 November (10.30 start) Ditchley Park Estate. Parking available.
Leader: Keith Cohen
Recorder: Wendy MacEachrane

Followed by:
FSO AGM 2pm, hosted by Max Peterson. Bring your own lunch for 12.30-1.00 social meeting beforehand, as long as conditions allow.

In the event of bad weather, contact the Secretary (07879 066876) or CJH for 10, 17, or 31 October (01865 761110).

Permission has been obtained from landowners to collect for scientific purposes. In the interests of conservation, please do not collect more specimens than are necessary for identification.

No dogs, please. Pheasants are preserved in many of the woods, and in any case some owners do not allow dogs.

Please do not publicly advertise these meetings, but friends are welcome. Outreach surveys for conservation groups are publicised by them for their members. To avoid problems with unanticipated public access to sites, or possible Covid restrictions, the website version of this Programme does not contain the map references. It would be helpful if potential FSO attendees could also contact the Secretary beforehand.

If you are interested in joining one of our surveys but are not yet a member contact us by email, guests welcome.

National Fungus Day (2020)
In the absence of live events in 2020 FSO collaborated with Harcourt Arboretum to film our president, Richard Fortey, giving a general fungi talk for National Fungus Day at the arboretum. This can be accessed via this link.

We hope that this talk will inform and inspire everyone to look for fascinating fungi on all your walks