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On Monday 24 October 2016 Avon Wildlife Trust fungi experts Rich Wright and Joe McSorley led twenty young adults, mostly Bristol University students, on a fascinating journey learning all about fungi.

The wet weather didn't dampen any spirits as the budding enthusiasts were split into two groups and explored the beautiful surroundings of Folly Farm in the Chew Valley, identifying an impressive 60 different species of fungi between them.

The Justin Smith Foundation was created in memory of Justin Smith who died suddenly in March 2014. He was Bristol City Council's woodland and wildlife officer, and an expert mycologist, botanist, lichenologist and bryophyte specialist highly regarded for his training programmes and fungi forays.

Lucy Wallis Smith, Justin's widow and Founder of the Foundation, said: "This was our first Fungi Day. Kindly funded by Bristol Naturalists' Society and in partnership with AWT at Folly Farm we were able to offer a unique opportunity to learn about what fungi are, and how to start identifying them. There is a marked "knowledge gap" regarding the numbers of fungi specialists, and our Foundation's aim is to narrow that gap."

Supported and funded by Bristol Naturalists' Society

Fungi Day 2016

Teachers: To enthuse students, why not lead a class session on fungi?
Here are some useful links to education resources:
www.britmycolsoc.org.uk/education/secondary or www.fungi4schools.org

For Fungi Tips and Inspiration, visit:


and of course your local library!

Contact Us
Justin Smith Foundation, c/o Avon Wildlife Trust, 32 Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol BS8 1DR
or e-mail: info@justinsmithfoundation.org

Project in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust and
kindly supported and funded by Bristol Naturalists' Society

Supported and funded by Bristol Naturalists' Society