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Small fungus in beech leavesSmall fungus in beech leaves by nutmeg66

Some sound advice from Richard Fortey:

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Few people realise that there are literally thousands of species of mushrooms and, unless you are in France where pharmacists offer a mushroom identification service to make sure the average citizen does not poison himself, the risk of misidentification is high.

I enjoy going out looking for fungi – but just to photograph them. The more I see and try to identify, the more I realise just how little I know… I really don’t have the confidence to eat any of my finds!

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