Identifying Edible and Poisonous Wild Mushrooms

There are roughly 15,000 types of wild fungi in the UK. Our guide aims to help you identify the best to eat and the most important ones not to pick.

Never rely on one source for mushroom identification, and never eat anything unless you are 100% sure it is edible. We will not be held responsible for the use of the information in this guide.

Use our seasonal filters to see what you might be able to pick right now. Better yet, why not try one of our foraging courses?

 

 

Choose a type of mushroom:
Choose a season of interest:

This guide is here to help keep you safe, however, please ensure that you use multiple sources for identifying mushrooms. Only eat a wild food if you yourself are 100% sure what it is. We will not be held responsible for any misidentification, or any other use of the information on this website.

Photo Sort by common name : Common Name Sort by scientific name : Scientific Name Type Start End
White False Death Cap White False Death Cap Amanita citrina var alba Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
False Deathcap False Deathcap Amanita citrina var citrina Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : May Season End : Nov
Bitter Beech Bolete Bitter Beech Bolete Boletus / Caloboletus calopus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Rooting Bolete Rooting Bolete Boletus / Caloboletus radicans Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Bitter Bolete Bitter Bolete Boletus / Tylopilus felleus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Oct
Shaggy Parasol Shaggy Parasol Chlorophyllum rhacodes Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
The Bruising Webcap The Bruising Webcap Cortinarius purpurascens Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Slimy Waxcap Slimy Waxcap Gliophorus irrigatas Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Jul Season End : Dec
Parrot Waxcap Parrot Waxcap Gliophorus psittacinus Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Jul Season End : Dec
Jubilee Waxcap Jubilee Waxcap Gliophorus reginae Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Weeping Widow Weeping Widow Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jun Season End : Nov
Dyers Mazegill Dyers Mazegill Phaeolus schweinitzii Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Golden Scalycap Golden Scalycap Pholiota adiposa Inedible Autumn Spring Season Start : Apr Season End : Dec