Following the success of the first edition of Grassland Fungi: A Field Guide, published in 2017, the author Elsa Wood and editor Jon Dunkelman have continued to survey grasslands in the Wye Valley and Monmouthshire, photographing and recording their finds. This new edition includes the results of that extra research, with 23 new species and many new and improved photographs to help identification.
The vital role of fungi in the ecology of grasslands is becoming more widely appreciated, sparking an increasing interest in identification.This ﬁeld guide covers the species that are commonly found in meadows and other grasslands throughout the UK including the colourful waxcaps and many other fascinating species.
This new edition now has descriptions of 200 species of fungi, with over 900 photographs, selected to illustrate the key identification points. There is an overview of the process of identifying fungi in the field, and while technical terms are kept to a minimum, those used are explained in the glossary.
Designed to be suitable for the beginner and the more experienced, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in grassland mycology.
“The fungi of grasslands are an important component of modern day ecological studies, with our grasslands under increasing threat, so this book represents a timely introduction to the subject. … A succinct description is given, often with numerous colour photographs which are mostly of excellent quality. Spore colour is given but the spore size, shape or ornamentation is sadly missing with any other microscopy. … The nomenclature is admirably up to date …an interesting, topical and useful book with a few points which might usefully be changed in any future edition. I am sure it will prove a popular book with anyone looking at grassland fungi.”
– Geoffrey Kibby, Field Mycology 19(1), January 2019
“… This book pulls together experience gained in the still plentiful natural grasslands of the lower Wye Valley. It describes and illustrates most of the species that are identifiable in the field: some 170 species in all. It is clear, not too technical, and very well illustrated with colour images. It will be a boon to any field worker. The question is this: will it be as useful nationally as it is for the Wye Valley? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is probably yes. …]This is a well-produced and much-needed guide to grassland fungi that should be useful to beginners as well as to more experienced field mycologists. And it should encourage others to become involved in field surveys, or just spotting fungi for fun, which is all to the good.”
– Peter Marren, British Wildlife, Volume 29(2)