This is an archived website, available until June 2027. We hope it will inspire people to continue to care for and protect the South West Peak area and other landscapes. Although the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ended in June 2022, the area is within the Peak District National Park. Enquiries can be made to

The 5-year South West Peak Landscape Partnership, 2017-2022, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Waxcap & Grassland Fungi Training

Glorious Grasslands
Event Name Waxcap & Grassland Fungi Training
Start Date 31st Oct 2018 10:00 am
End Date 31st Oct 2018 4:00 pm
Duration 6 hours

Extra date added

Are you interested in fungi? Do you want to help us identify new sites that are important for specialist grassland fungi?

This training event is aimed at volunteers who want to learn more about the amazing and mysterious world of grassland fungi and who will use their new skills and knowledge to help the Glorious Grassland project highlight important sites in the South West Peak.

So-called waxcap grasslands are an under-studied habitat and our knowledge of such sites is limited. We are looking to get support from local volunteers to help us gather more information about the locations of waxcap communities.

We are holding a training day with fungi expert, Rob Foster, on All Hallows' Eve (31st October 2018) at Swythamley & Heaton Community Centre, Gun End, Macclesfield SK11 0SJ, from 10 - 4 pm on the importance of waxcaps, identification and what makes a good site.

The morning session will involve a presentation by Rob, and after lunch we will head out on site to find and identify waxcaps!

This is an introductory one day course aimed at beginners and those wishing to improve their knowledge. Places are limited and preference will be given to those who will then go on to carry out further voluntary work for the project.

To sign up as a volunteer and book your place, head to our volunteer page and register.

Please contact Ann Cantrell if you have any questions or require further information.

Phone: 07973 848296

Please bring your own lunch and make sure you have suitable outdoor gear (footwear & waterproof clothing). Tea and coffee will be available at the hall.

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