What are fairy rings

On a recent 2 Day Fruits & Fungus Foraging course we were asked ‘What are fairy rings?’.  This is a great question and one with a fascinating answer.  It’s all to do with the way that some species of mushrooms grow and reproduce.  In the fields near to our ancient woodland camp, it tends to […]

what are fairy rings

How to light a King Alfred's Cake | the whispering woods

How to light a King Alfred’s Cake

I wrote a post a few years ago about various fungi that can be used as a tinder, including King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).  They get their name from the legend of King Alfred who, whilst in hiding from the Danes, let some cakes burn, and they do indeed have that appearance. Here in Kent […]

Charring birch polypore for tinder   Recently updated !

Yesterday found me charring birch polypore for tinder.  Charred birch polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) makes a great tinder as I described in this post a couple of years ago all about using various fungus as tinder. I found them on a dead birch a few months ago and left them to dry out.  I’ve found that they […]

Charring birch polypore for tinder | fungus as tinder | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

Foraging for giant puffballs

Foraging for giant puffballs (Calvatia Gigantea) is a straightforward endeavour, they can be found in meadows and fields during the late summer and are easy to recognise.  Last weekend on our 1 Day Foraging Course Nicola and I found some giant puffballs but they weren’t ready for picking.  So we went back yesterday to see […]

foraging for giant puffballs | wild foods | Kent | mushrooms

fungus as tinder | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

Fungus as tinder

In this post I want to take a look at using fungus as tinder.  The ones that I discuss here, as best I can tell, can be found all year round, they don’t appear to be particularly seasonal.  When ignited they create an ember and not a flame, so you might want to take a […]