General resources

The Fungus Conservation Trust (FCT) – our parent body

CATE2 – The FCT national fungus database


Apex Microscopes – The Practitioner (and Minigrab camera) has long been the budget microscope of choice for field mycologists.

MycoCam – Richard Shotbolt’s excellent free microscope camera software.

Useful keys and references

MycoKey – a leading on-line reference from the publishers of Funga Nordica; the installed version comes with the complete keys from Funga Nordica 1st edition – an indispensable tool for advanced users.

First Nature – probably the best British web site for identification of fungi.


The following are all available from Summerfield Books – a specialist wildlife bookseller – please support them:

Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms & Toadstools (Paul Sterry, Barry Hughes) – an excellent photographic field guide and resource for aspiring mycologists.

An Initial Guide to the Identification of Mushrooms & Toadstools (Paul Nichol) – a simple to use key for getting you to the right genus, which is half the battle.

The Encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe (Michael Jordan) – a fine general reference for home use.


Fungi of Britain (NatureBritain) – an excellent field assistant for Android phones and tablets featuring over 400 of our commonest fungi.

Publications by Fungal Friends members

The Common Nettle – An appreciative view (D W Higginson-Tranter)  – available direct from Dave (

The Fungi of Britain app above is written and supported by a Fungal Friend.