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Wild Mushroom Guide


Our mushroom guide is not a comprehensive guide of UK mushrooms. There are roughly 15,000 types of wild fungi in the UK; we have provided a simple guide of the best ones to eat and the most important ones not to pick.

If you are identifying mushrooms please use multiple sources of identification and never eat anything unless you are 100% sure what it is. We will not be held responsible for the use of the information in this website.

If you want to learn more about mushroom foraging then why not book on one of our Foraging Courses


Edible Poisonous In Season All

Edible


Latin Name Common Name Type Season Start Season End
Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom Edible July November
Agaricus augustus The Prince Edible August November
Agaricus campestris Field Mushroom Edible July October
Agaricus macrosporus Agaricus macrosporus Edible July October
Agaricus silvaticus The Blushing Wood Mushroom Edible September November
Agaricus silvicola Wood mushroom Edible September November
Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette Edible June November
Amanita rubescens The Blusher Edible June November
Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus Edible June December
Auricularia auricula-judae Wood Ears Edible All year All year
Boletus albidus Rooting Bolete Edible August October
Boletus appendiculatus Oak Bolete Edible August October
Boletus badius Bay Boletus Edible September November
Boletus calopus Bitter Beech Bolete Edible August November
Boletus chrysenteron Red Cracked Bolete Edible July October
Boletus edulus Penny Bun Edible August November
Boletus versipellis Orange Birch Bolete Edible July November
Cantherellus cibarius Chanterelle Edible June November
Cantherellus infundibbuliformis/tubaeformis Winter Chanterelle Edible August December
Clitocybe geotropa Trooping funnel Edible September December
Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Ink Cap Edible May October
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink Caps Edible August November
Craterellus/Cantharellus cornucopoides Horn Of Plenty Edible September November
Fistulina hepatica Beefsteak Fungus Edible August November
Flammulina velutipes Velvet Shank Edible January March
Hydnum repandum Hedgehog Fungus Edible August November
Hygrocybe coccinea Scarlet Hood Edible August November
Hygrocybe pratensis Meadow Wax Cap Edible August November
Laccaria amethystina Amethyst Deciever Edible June December
Laccaria laccata The Deceiver Edible June November
Lactarius deliciosus Saffron Milk Cap Edible July November
Laetiporus sulphureus Chicken Of The Woods Edible May August
Langermannia/Calvatia/Lycoperdon gigantea Giant Puff Ball Edible July November
Leccinum scabrum Brown Birch Bolete Edible August October
Lepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol Edible July December
Lepista nuda/clitocybe nuda Wood Blewit Edible September December
Lepista saeva, Clitocybe saeva Field Blewit Edible N/A N/A
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball Edible July November
Lycoperdon pyroformis Stump Puffball Edible July November
Macro Lepiota procera Parasol Edible May November
Marasimus oreades Fairy Ring Champignons Edible April November
Morchella esculenta Common Morel Edible April May
Oudermansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus Edible August November
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore Edible All year All year
Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom Edible All year All year
Polyporus squamosus Dryads Saddle Edible February August
Russula atropurpurea Blackish Purple Russula Edible August November
Russula claroflava Yellow Swamp Russula Edible September November
Russula cyanoxantha The Charcoal Burner Edible July December
Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula Edible August November
Russula parazurea Powdery Brittlegill Edible July October
Russula virescens Green Cracking Russula Edible August November
Sarcoscypha coccinea Scarlet Elf Cup Edible January April
Sparassis crispa Cauliflower Fungus Edible September November
Suillus luteus Slippery Jack Edible September November
Tricholoma/Calocybe gambosum St Georges Mushroom Edible April May
Tuber aestivum Truffles Edible August November


Poisonous


Latin Name Common Name Type Season Start Season End
Agaricus moelleri, Agaricus placomyces Inky Mushroom Poisonous June October
Agaricus xanthodermus Yellow Stainer Poisonous July November
Agricus pilatianus Agaricus Pilatianus Poisonous September November
Amanita gemmata Amanita Gemmata Poisonous September November
Amanita muscaria Fly agaric Poisonous August December
Amanita pantherina Panther Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita Phalliodes Death Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita verna Spring Amanita Poisonous July November
Amanita virosa Destroying angel Poisonous July November
Boletus purpureus, Boletus rhodopurpureus Boletus Purpureus Poisonous July November
Boletus rhodoxanthus Boletus Rhodoxanthus Poisonous September November
Boletus satanas Satans Bolete Poisonous June September
Boletus satanoides, Boletus legaliae Boletus Satanoids Poisonous June September
Clitocybe dealbata Clitocybe Dealbata Poisonous July November
Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric Poisonous September December
Clitocybe rivulosa Clitocybe Rivulosa Poisonous August November
Coprinopsis atramentaria Common Ink Cap Poisonous April November
Coprinus picaceus Magpie Fungus Poisonous August November
Entoloma Rhodopolium Entoloma Rhodopolium Poisonous July November
Hebeloma crustuliniforme Poison Pie Poisonous August November
Hygrophoropis aurantiaca False Chanterelle Poisonous September November
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft Poisonous All year All year
Inocybe cookei Inocybe Cookei Poisonous August November
Inocybe fastigiata, Inocybe rimosa Inocybe Fastigiata Poisonous June November
Inocybe flocculosa Inocybe Flocculosa Poisonous September November
Inocybe geophylla Inocybe Geophylla Poisonous June November
Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Poisonous June November
Inocybe godeyi Inocybe Godeyi Poisonous September November
Inocybe hystrix Inocybe Hystrix Poisonous September November
Inocybe maculata Inocybe Maculata Poisonous September November
Inocybe napipes Inocybe Napipes Poisonous August November
Inocybe patouillardii Red Staining Inocybe Poisonous April November
Lactarius chrysorrheus Lactarius Chrysorrheus Poisonous July November
Lactarius pubescens Lactarius pubescens Poisonous August November
Lactarius torminosus Woolly Milk Cap Poisonous August October
Lepiota brunneo-incarnata Lepiota Brunneo-incarnata Poisonous September November
Leptonia incana, Entoloma incanum Leptonia Incana Poisonous August November
Omphalotus olearius Jack O'Lantern Poisonous September November
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll Rim Poisonous August November
Pseudoboletus parasiticus Parasitic Bolete Poisonous August October
Russula betularium Russula Betularum Poisonous July November
Russula emetica The Sickener Poisonous July November
Russula luteotacta Russula Luteotacta Poisonous July November
Russula mairei, Russula nobilis Beechwood Sickener Poisonous August November
Scleroderma citrinum, areolatum, verrucosum Common Earth Ball Poisonous July December
Stropharia aeruginosa Verdigris Agaric Poisonous April November
Tricholoma ustale Tricholoma Ustale Poisonous August November


In Season


Latin Name Common Name Type Season Start Season End
Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom Edible July November
Agaricus augustus The Prince Edible August November
Agaricus campestris Field Mushroom Edible July October
Agaricus macrosporus Agaricus macrosporus Edible July October
Agaricus moelleri, Agaricus placomyces Inky Mushroom Poisonous June October
Agaricus xanthodermus Yellow Stainer Poisonous July November
Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette Edible June November
Amanita muscaria Fly agaric Poisonous August December
Amanita pantherina Panther Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita Phalliodes Death Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita rubescens The Blusher Edible June November
Amanita verna Spring Amanita Poisonous July November
Amanita virosa Destroying angel Poisonous July November
Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus Edible June December
Auricularia auricula-judae Wood Ears Edible All year All year
Boletus albidus Rooting Bolete Edible August October
Boletus appendiculatus Oak Bolete Edible August October
Boletus calopus Bitter Beech Bolete Edible August November
Boletus chrysenteron Red Cracked Bolete Edible July October
Boletus edulus Penny Bun Edible August November
Boletus purpureus, Boletus rhodopurpureus Boletus Purpureus Poisonous July November
Boletus satanas Satans Bolete Poisonous June September
Boletus satanoides, Boletus legaliae Boletus Satanoids Poisonous June September
Boletus versipellis Orange Birch Bolete Edible July November
Cantherellus cibarius Chanterelle Edible June November
Cantherellus infundibbuliformis/tubaeformis Winter Chanterelle Edible August December
Clitocybe dealbata Clitocybe Dealbata Poisonous July November
Clitocybe rivulosa Clitocybe Rivulosa Poisonous August November
Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Ink Cap Edible May October
Coprinopsis atramentaria Common Ink Cap Poisonous April November
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink Caps Edible August November
Coprinus picaceus Magpie Fungus Poisonous August November
Entoloma Rhodopolium Entoloma Rhodopolium Poisonous July November
Fistulina hepatica Beefsteak Fungus Edible August November
Hebeloma crustuliniforme Poison Pie Poisonous August November
Hydnum repandum Hedgehog Fungus Edible August November
Hygrocybe coccinea Scarlet Hood Edible August November
Hygrocybe pratensis Meadow Wax Cap Edible August November
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft Poisonous All year All year
Inocybe cookei Inocybe Cookei Poisonous August November
Inocybe fastigiata, Inocybe rimosa Inocybe Fastigiata Poisonous June November
Inocybe geophylla Inocybe Geophylla Poisonous June November
Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Poisonous June November
Inocybe napipes Inocybe Napipes Poisonous August November
Inocybe patouillardii Red Staining Inocybe Poisonous April November
Laccaria amethystina Amethyst Deciever Edible June December
Laccaria laccata The Deceiver Edible June November
Lactarius chrysorrheus Lactarius Chrysorrheus Poisonous July November
Lactarius deliciosus Saffron Milk Cap Edible July November
Lactarius pubescens Lactarius pubescens Poisonous August November
Lactarius torminosus Woolly Milk Cap Poisonous August October
Laetiporus sulphureus Chicken Of The Woods Edible May August
Langermannia/Calvatia/Lycoperdon gigantea Giant Puff Ball Edible July November
Leccinum scabrum Brown Birch Bolete Edible August October
Lepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol Edible July December
Leptonia incana, Entoloma incanum Leptonia Incana Poisonous August November
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball Edible July November
Lycoperdon pyroformis Stump Puffball Edible July November
Macro Lepiota procera Parasol Edible May November
Marasimus oreades Fairy Ring Champignons Edible April November
Oudermansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus Edible August November
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll Rim Poisonous August November
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore Edible All year All year
Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom Edible All year All year
Polyporus squamosus Dryads Saddle Edible February August
Pseudoboletus parasiticus Parasitic Bolete Poisonous August October
Russula atropurpurea Blackish Purple Russula Edible August November
Russula betularium Russula Betularum Poisonous July November
Russula cyanoxantha The Charcoal Burner Edible July December
Russula emetica The Sickener Poisonous July November
Russula luteotacta Russula Luteotacta Poisonous July November
Russula mairei, Russula nobilis Beechwood Sickener Poisonous August November
Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula Edible August November
Russula parazurea Powdery Brittlegill Edible July October
Russula virescens Green Cracking Russula Edible August November
Scleroderma citrinum, areolatum, verrucosum Common Earth Ball Poisonous July December
Stropharia aeruginosa Verdigris Agaric Poisonous April November
Tricholoma ustale Tricholoma Ustale Poisonous August November
Tuber aestivum Truffles Edible August November


All


Latin Name Common Name Type Season Start Season End
Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom Edible July November
Agaricus augustus The Prince Edible August November
Agaricus campestris Field Mushroom Edible July October
Agaricus macrosporus Agaricus macrosporus Edible July October
Agaricus moelleri, Agaricus placomyces Inky Mushroom Poisonous June October
Agaricus silvaticus The Blushing Wood Mushroom Edible September November
Agaricus silvicola Wood mushroom Edible September November
Agaricus xanthodermus Yellow Stainer Poisonous July November
Agricus pilatianus Agaricus Pilatianus Poisonous September November
Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette Edible June November
Amanita gemmata Amanita Gemmata Poisonous September November
Amanita muscaria Fly agaric Poisonous August December
Amanita pantherina Panther Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita Phalliodes Death Cap Poisonous July November
Amanita rubescens The Blusher Edible June November
Amanita verna Spring Amanita Poisonous July November
Amanita virosa Destroying angel Poisonous July November
Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus Edible June December
Auricularia auricula-judae Wood Ears Edible All year All year
Boletus albidus Rooting Bolete Edible August October
Boletus appendiculatus Oak Bolete Edible August October
Boletus badius Bay Boletus Edible September November
Boletus calopus Bitter Beech Bolete Edible August November
Boletus chrysenteron Red Cracked Bolete Edible July October
Boletus edulus Penny Bun Edible August November
Boletus purpureus, Boletus rhodopurpureus Boletus Purpureus Poisonous July November
Boletus rhodoxanthus Boletus Rhodoxanthus Poisonous September November
Boletus satanas Satans Bolete Poisonous June September
Boletus satanoides, Boletus legaliae Boletus Satanoids Poisonous June September
Boletus versipellis Orange Birch Bolete Edible July November
Cantherellus cibarius Chanterelle Edible June November
Cantherellus infundibbuliformis/tubaeformis Winter Chanterelle Edible August December
Clitocybe dealbata Clitocybe Dealbata Poisonous July November
Clitocybe geotropa Trooping funnel Edible September December
Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric Poisonous September December
Clitocybe rivulosa Clitocybe Rivulosa Poisonous August November
Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Ink Cap Edible May October
Coprinopsis atramentaria Common Ink Cap Poisonous April November
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink Caps Edible August November
Coprinus picaceus Magpie Fungus Poisonous August November
Craterellus/Cantharellus cornucopoides Horn Of Plenty Edible September November
Entoloma Rhodopolium Entoloma Rhodopolium Poisonous July November
Fistulina hepatica Beefsteak Fungus Edible August November
Flammulina velutipes Velvet Shank Edible January March
Hebeloma crustuliniforme Poison Pie Poisonous August November
Hydnum repandum Hedgehog Fungus Edible August November
Hygrocybe coccinea Scarlet Hood Edible August November
Hygrocybe pratensis Meadow Wax Cap Edible August November
Hygrophoropis aurantiaca False Chanterelle Poisonous September November
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft Poisonous All year All year
Inocybe cookei Inocybe Cookei Poisonous August November
Inocybe fastigiata, Inocybe rimosa Inocybe Fastigiata Poisonous June November
Inocybe flocculosa Inocybe Flocculosa Poisonous September November
Inocybe geophylla Inocybe Geophylla Poisonous June November
Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Poisonous June November
Inocybe godeyi Inocybe Godeyi Poisonous September November
Inocybe hystrix Inocybe Hystrix Poisonous September November
Inocybe maculata Inocybe Maculata Poisonous September November
Inocybe napipes Inocybe Napipes Poisonous August November
Inocybe patouillardii Red Staining Inocybe Poisonous April November
Laccaria amethystina Amethyst Deciever Edible June December
Laccaria laccata The Deceiver Edible June November
Lactarius chrysorrheus Lactarius Chrysorrheus Poisonous July November
Lactarius deliciosus Saffron Milk Cap Edible July November
Lactarius pubescens Lactarius pubescens Poisonous August November
Lactarius torminosus Woolly Milk Cap Poisonous August October
Laetiporus sulphureus Chicken Of The Woods Edible May August
Langermannia/Calvatia/Lycoperdon gigantea Giant Puff Ball Edible July November
Leccinum scabrum Brown Birch Bolete Edible August October
Lepiota brunneo-incarnata Lepiota Brunneo-incarnata Poisonous September November
Lepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol Edible July December
Lepista nuda/clitocybe nuda Wood Blewit Edible September December
Lepista saeva, Clitocybe saeva Field Blewit Edible N/A N/A
Leptonia incana, Entoloma incanum Leptonia Incana Poisonous August November
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball Edible July November
Lycoperdon pyroformis Stump Puffball Edible July November
Macro Lepiota procera Parasol Edible May November
Marasimus oreades Fairy Ring Champignons Edible April November
Morchella esculenta Common Morel Edible April May
Omphalotus olearius Jack O'Lantern Poisonous September November
Oudermansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus Edible August November
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll Rim Poisonous August November
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore Edible All year All year
Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom Edible All year All year
Polyporus squamosus Dryads Saddle Edible February August
Pseudoboletus parasiticus Parasitic Bolete Poisonous August October
Russula atropurpurea Blackish Purple Russula Edible August November
Russula betularium Russula Betularum Poisonous July November
Russula claroflava Yellow Swamp Russula Edible September November
Russula cyanoxantha The Charcoal Burner Edible July December
Russula emetica The Sickener Poisonous July November
Russula luteotacta Russula Luteotacta Poisonous July November
Russula mairei, Russula nobilis Beechwood Sickener Poisonous August November
Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula Edible August November
Russula parazurea Powdery Brittlegill Edible July October
Russula virescens Green Cracking Russula Edible August November
Sarcoscypha coccinea Scarlet Elf Cup Edible January April
Scleroderma citrinum, areolatum, verrucosum Common Earth Ball Poisonous July December
Sparassis crispa Cauliflower Fungus Edible September November
Stropharia aeruginosa Verdigris Agaric Poisonous April November
Suillus luteus Slippery Jack Edible September November
Tricholoma ustale Tricholoma Ustale Poisonous August November
Tricholoma/Calocybe gambosum St Georges Mushroom Edible April May
Tuber aestivum Truffles Edible August November