About this product
Whether you are a beginner, an experienced fungus forayer, or a practising field mycologist, you will love this beautiful book. It is written in jargon-free plain English and a lively and highly readable style by one of our most entertaining and perceptive writers on wildlife and countryside matters.
Softback laminated, 450 pages all in full colour; more than 1000 colour photographs.
Book contents include:
Uses, history, facts and mythology of mushrooms and other fungi
Fungus biology and classification
Wood, trees and forest ecology;
Woodland fungi and their vital roles
Grass, grasses and grassland types;
Fungi of grasslands – lawns, meadows, moorlands and mountainsides;
An Identification Guides to more than 400 of the most weird and wonderful mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi;
Fungus photography; microscopy; foray planning; recipes for the ‘Mushroom Magnificent Seven’ great fungi dishes...
...and much more.
About the Author
O’Reilly’s fascination with mushrooms and other fungi stretches back more than 40 years and has taken him to many countries; but, as he says, there is a special satisfaction in finding and identifying beautiful fungi close to home.
Writing and broadcasting on wildlife and countryside topics for more than 30 years, Pat is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. With his wife Sue he produced and maintains the First Nature website, which receives up to a million visits a year and hundreds of enquiries via an extensive Fungi section.
Pat, an active conservationist, has chaired and served on several advisory committees and special commissions. Until April 2013 he was a member of the Council of CCW (the Countryside Council for Wales, now Natural Resources Wales), making good use of his special interest and expertise in fungi conservation (he is a Member of the British Mycological Society) and the management of National Nature Reserves in Wales.
For his environmental work Pat O’Reilly was awarded an MBE in 2003.