Jackie, you could try this link to see if it helps you identify them with certainty.
I'll try that again!
Thanks for the link, that is a great site. There are a few poisonous mushrooms that look similar so I think it would be a good idea to take a few photos and send them to the site for id, no point taking risks. Its a shame that there isnt somewhere where you can take mushrooms for id, I think in some countries you can take them into a local store for the owner to look at!
What a shame that lack of knowledge regarding the poisonous varieties puts people off gathering mushrooms (and I am one of the fearful ones, to be honest).
There must be a really good book or video series to help with this. I am stunned at your experience, Fiona, whereby all those mushrooms were poisonous. But it just goes to show how little most of us know. Wouldn't it be great if we had an identification service in the UK, similar to one in French pharmacies.
Although, to be fair, perhaps a pharmacist's assistant, in order to be sure of erring on the safe side, might always declare every single one to be poisonous.
You could see that happening, couldn't you!
Never knowingly underfed
I've just come across this blog which might be helpful to you.
I'll try that again!
Thought I would let you know how I got on with the mushrooms, when I went back to take a photo the frost had turned them into unidentifiable black lumps, a few days later I noticed some growing on the edge of the muck heap protected from the frost by the warmth from the heap. I picked one and ran through all the pointers from the sites TA supplied and I think it is a field mushroom! however when I put it in a bag to check the smell as recommended all I could smell was horse poo which was rather off putting! and when I cut it open it looked like the frost had got to it inside but at least I know what to look for now and I know that unless I am really uncareful the worst I can get is a bad tummy. Thanks for all your help and hopefully next year I will get some more mushrooms.
Wow, that's an interesting link TA, I know this is an old topic but I was wanting to find a good site on identifying mushrooms.
Does anyone have the River cottage mushrooms book, was thinking of getting it as a pressie for my sister's birthday - she's recently moved in to the countryside and is keen to pick mushrooms, but is as scared as the rest of us.
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