Introduction to microscopy for the identification of Fungi
Some fungi can be identified using a combination of field characters and spore prints, but many species can only be separated by their microscopic characteristics. This workshop is for people who have an interest in learning the basic microscopy techniques necessary for identifying difficult fungi to species.
Led by ecologist Chris Knowles you will learn how to take samples from the gills, cap and flesh of fungi, then use those samples to prepare slides using different methods. The group will then work together following written keys to identify fungi using the microscopy skills we have learned.
After the workshop, help us to better understand the wildlife found where you are by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form.
This workshop is based at the Clackmannan County Cricket Club which is accessed from the A907 Stirling Road near Alloa, Clackmannnanshire. If approaching from Alloa on the A907, pass Redwell Primary School, go straight over the roundabout and through the national speed limit signs then the Cricket Club is accessed by the first track on the left.
This session is partially out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest sturdy shoes, layers, a waterproof jacket and a hat for sun or cold depending on the season.
Please bring a packed lunch and drink.
You may like to bring a pen and notepad plus a fungi ID guide if you have one. There will be fungi ID guides available to browse during the day.
Microscopes will be provided for workshop participants.