The more I research wild mushrooms the more I realise this is not something you can do with a couple of books and a bag. Its a complete minefield and I don't want to kill myself or end up on the NHS liver and kidney transplant waiting list. So, I have decided, no eating for me unless I am 150% certain of what I have is safe. Knowledge is the key, identification is all I'm out to do at the moment. From here on in the names I give to the pictures I post may be wrong, any help that anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
I have also decided to keep the places I visit a secret.
Not recommended, can cause digestive upset so best avoided. Had a very strong sweet smell which was rather off putting anyway.
Ivory Wax Cap
As far as I know, it's edible but cant really find any more information at this point.
I found lots of these, under trees and amongst the grass. Not recommended, bitter taste and may cause digestive upset.
Edible but must be well cooked. This one confused me a little, you wouldn't think you would find a wood blewit growing in the grass. In fact, they are common in both grass and woodland habitats.
Not good! Had a rancid smell which makes you take this one no further.
Good if you get them before the spores start to develop.
Edible and easily identifiable.
Poisonous, causes sickness.
The Amethyst Deceiver
Edible but tasteless.
You don't need a degree to know to stay away from this wee one.
All in, not the most successful trip I have had. Lots of mushrooms but I have hardly stumbled across a forest full of chanterelles or a puffball the size of a football. I believe, its going to take me a good few hours, days, years, finding them firstly and then building up a diary of places to visit every season. Going by the sound of the rain battering on the window at the time of writing this, I've not got much time left this year.