Secret Sunday Mushroom Club

Voted Food & Drink Awards Best Foraging Education Provider – England South.
As featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine UK Top 10 Foraging Courses 
& The Sunday Telegraph Top 5!

YOU CAN APPLY TO JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER 2021.
(Dates & joining instructions at bottom of page)

Welcome to the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club Home Page. The Secret Sunday Mushroom Club has featured in the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s ‘Top 10 UK Foraging Courses’ for a number of years now, but it is more than just another foodie course. If you want to learn to discover many different kinds of wild mushrooms safely and effectively then look no further, you will also learn much much more about their fascinating world! Click here to see what Wiltshire Life Magazine had to say about the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club!

platter of wild mushrooms

A colourful platter of wood blewits, ceps, hen of the woods, trooping funnels and more.

Led by Fred the Forager in Wiltshire, a year’s membership of the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club brings you 12 months support and 18 hours of field tuition, taking you through the entire mushroom season and a wide variety of habitats and species:

  • 4 exclusive club meetings (scroll to the bottom for this year’s dates) where you will receive expert field tuition from Fred the Forager, with more than 3 decades of experience of identifying mushrooms and other fungi. You will receive 18 hours of hands-on tuition in both mushroom identification and fungal ecology.
  • 12 months membership of our exclusive Wiltshire Fungus Group mailing list where all members can share pictures of their mushroom finds and learn from expert opinion. Members will be offered the opportunity to renew this membership after the 12 month period to further their studies. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of fungi, fungal habitats, their role in ecology and where to search for the different species of fungi. They are fascinating!
  • Our exclusive guide “Demystifying Mushroom Identification” which de-mystifies the information in the mushroom ID books – teaching you what to look for and how to break mushroom identification down into simple steps, as well as decoding the scientific language that is often used.
  • You will learn to identify and record with confidence a wide variety of common species, gaining an understanding of how to avoid poisoning yourself and how to protect fungi populations for future generations to enjoy in the process. Secret Sunday Mushroom Club members have contributed many important finds to the Biological Records Centre / NBN Atlas, increasing our knowledge of fungi populations.
  • There’ll be a fabulous mushroom picnic in the woods to celebrate our last field meeting at the tail end of the autumn mushroom season.
  • There will be a Winter Mushrooms field trip in December offered at the discounted price to members of £50.00
  • You can bring a special guest with you on any one of the regular club field day meetings!

    Fred the Forager with Artists' Fungus

    Fred the Forager with an ancient colony of Ganoderma applanatum, the artists’ fungus

So what is the secret?

Locations of club meetings will be given out to members only and exact coordinates and location maps will be released to members 24 to 48 hours before each foray takes place. Reconnaissance will be carried out beforehand in the woods to ensure a high chance of interesting finds, and also because some of the sites are best kept secret due to their environmental sensitivity.

Your forays will be led by myself, Fred Gillam (known as Fred the Forager): I eat around 180 species of wild fungi and so you will benefit both from my fascination with field mycology and from my local knowledge… if you care about the conservation of fungi then this course is for you. Mushrooms are almost always on the menu, but I always put conservation first!

Wood blewit

Wood blewit Clitocybe nuda

There can be no guarantees when it comes to looking for wild mushrooms, but joining the club will certainly increase both your confidence and your chances of making excellent finds.

Membership is limited to 16 places on a first come first served basis.
We are now taking bookings for the 2021-22 Secret Sunday Mushroom Club which opens in September 2021.

Please note that early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!
Many of our members choose to return year after year.


2021 GROUP A – DATES & TIMES: (AVAILABLE)

      •  12th September, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  26th September, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  17th October, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  31st October (feast), 11.00 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition, guest membership day and 12 months exclusive ID support) £200.00


2021 GROUP B – DATES & TIMES: (AVAILABLE)

      • 19th September, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 3rd October, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 24th October, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 7th November (feast), 11.00 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition, guest membership day and 12 months exclusive ID support) £200.00


TO JOIN starting in September 2021:

Send an email to Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk (please put ‘MUSHROOM CLUB’ in the subject line). Your place will be secure once we have received full payment by direct transfer (preferred), cheque or PayPal.

If you have received a gift certificate for this course from a friend then your place has already been paid for and you will just need to get in touch to reserve your place.

Please note gift certificates for 2021 are also now available, price £200.00

HAPPY MUSHROOM HUNTING!

See you in the woods!