Fungus experts to spend a week on Bute

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Members of the British Mycological Society will be spending six days on Bute in September to collect information about the various types of fungi found on the island.

This is the first time that a major study of the island’s fungi has been carried out.

The group will be based in Rothesay and will visit woodlands around Rothesay Bay, Mount Stuart, Rhubodach and other well-known parts of the island.

Although a number of micro-fungi were recorded in the early part of last century by mycologists from Glasgow University, very little study has been made on the larger, more familiar fungi found on Bute.

The party is here as guests of the Buteshire Natural History Society and will be led by Professor Bruce Ing from Ullapool.

The group will be using the hall at St Paul’s Church in Deanhood Place as a workroom, and there will displays of fungi which local residents are invited to see from Monday to Thursday evenings.

Members of the public are also welcome to join the group, which meets at 10am each day at the following places.

Sunday 9th - morning at Skeoch Wood, afternoon at Bogany Wood.

Monday 10th - all day at Mount Stuart.

Tuesday 11th - all day at Rhubodach.

Wednesday 12th - all day at Mount Stuart.

Thursday 13th - morning at Kirk Dam, afternoon at Ettrick Bay.

Friday 14th - morning at St Blane’s Chapel.