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Annual Membership to the Dorset Fungus Group

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DFG's Rules

Joining the Dorset Fungus Group

If you would like to experience a Foray with the DFG just come along to your foray of choice. Please arrive in good time and make yourself known to the group, especially if you have not been before - we have to keep track of how many people we have on a foray so we don't leave anyone behind!

A few Precautions and DFG Rules

When the DFG are out on a foray we take extreme care to try and make sure that no one comes in to physical contact with the "undesirables" of the fungi world. Of some 15,000 different types so far found in the UK alone there are only a few species that are very dangerous, but some of these can also be common and even look like edible species, which is often where the danger lies. Ancient woodland usually contains a rich variety of different types of fungi and may well include some rare species. Particular care should be taken not to damage or pick these. Do not remove any of the rare or Red Data List species that you do happen to come across. Care must also be taken to minimise damage to vegetation, soil and other features and avoid removing dead wood unless this is necessary to identify a fungus.

The Dorset Fungus Group has rules for members to observe. These are:-

  • If you need to leave early please make sure you tell someone, preferably the foray leader, but if not a fellow forayer who can pass the message on.
  • Heed all instructions given by the foray leader(s) and always keep the foray leader(s) in sight.
  • Do not pick or touch anything without first seeking advice.
  • Never put anything in or near your mouth and always wash your hands after (even during the foray with wet-wipes etc) after we finish.
  • Be sure not to put inedible/toxic specimens together with edible ones.
  • Don't pick edible species you don't plan to eat, and then less than 1.5kg, or fewer than half the fruit bodies, of any one type, whichever is the lower.
  • Please supervise your children at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed but MUST be well behaved and preferably on a fixed length lead. Be aware that some venues we visit do not allow dogs though.
  • Observe the Countryside code at all times: Fasten all gates. Take any litter home. Do not dig up or pick wild flowers etc.
  • If you do go out foraging independently (not advised) ensure you have the landowner's permission to be there.

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