Dean Fungus Group


The purpose of the Dean Fungus Group (DFG) is to find, identify and record the fungi of the Forest of Dean.  The DFG is affiliated to the British Mycological Society  and the Fungus Conservation Trust.


Founded in 1986, the DFG has, over the years, identified over 3,000 different species of fungi (see section on Recording) .  The Forest of Dean is a great area for finding fungi, due to the variety of environments – broadleaf, conifer and mixed woodland, areas of grassland, marshland and old industrial sites.


The DFG forays during every month of the year.  Forays are mostly on Friday or Saturday mornings, moving off at 10.30am and followed by an optional pub lunch. Weather permitting, we may also foray again in the afternoon.


Foray dates for 2018 are:  20 January, 9 February, 10 March, 6 April, 19 May, 15 June and 14 July.


It is important to appreciate that the object of the DFG is not to find fungi to eat;  please refer to the Edible Fungi section.  Commercial picking, e.g. selling fungi or picking for restaurants is strictly not allowed.


All are welcome to join the DFG and no specialist knowledge is necessary. Annual subscriptions are just £5 per member, £8 per couple. If you are interested in joining, please click on Join Our Group