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Are You, Or Do You Know, A “Fungus-fiend”?
Photo: Judith Cooke.

Are you, or do you know, a “Fungus-fiend”?

Under a grant awarded by the MYCOmmunity [ https://myco.org.au/], volunteers are to be trained in mycology and public engagement. The training will increase volunteers’ understanding of fungi, including observing and identifying fungi and recording them using iNaturalist. They will also learn about the relationship between bandicoots and fungi. Once trained, volunteers will be able to help to lead two public surveys during the fungi season next year.

This could be a great opportunity for you to develop your citizen science skills while helping to find and preserve Victoria’s rare and listed fungi.  If you are interested in fungi and keen to benefit from this training and then contribute your skills, can you please send a brief note to Erin Cosgriff, President of the Friends, cosgriff.erin@gmail.com.

Details of the project

With the support of the Friends, Mycologist Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and her team have been awarded a grant for this Add Fungi Project, which is auspiced by RBGV.

Mycology Volunteer training

The training will be done in stages. (Please note that firmer dates are expected before Christmas).

Firstly there will be training of ‘’mycology’ volunteers over two Saturdays. Possible dates for this training are 10am to 3pm on:

Saturday, 21 January 2023,
Saturday 4 February 2023,
Saturday 11 February 2023.

In February, this will be followed by a training day where the mycology volunteers meet with mycology experts and with RBGV staff skilled in community engagement, including the Southern Brown Bandicoot Officer, Eilish Roberts.

In March there will be a public event creation day. All this training and preparation is to help the volunteers get ready for their role during the public surveys of fungi.

Public Surveys of fungi.

These events are likely to be on: Saturday 24 June 2023 and Saturday 1 July 2023.

The locations are expected to be:

  • Adams Creek Conservation reserve (Nyora)
  • Bandicoot Corner is Crown Land, (Bayles/Koo Wee Rup).

Podoscypha petalodes taken on Wylies Creek Track, Cranbourne. Photo: Judith Cooke.

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