Identifying Edible and Poisonous Wild Mushrooms

Mushroom Foraging GuideThere 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?

 

 

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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
Blushing Rosette Blushing Rosette Abortiporus biennis Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
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
Giant Funnel Giant Funnel Aspropaxillus giganteus Edible Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Tripe Fungus Tripe Fungus Auricularia mesenterica Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Smoky Bracket Smoky Bracket Bjerkandera adusta Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
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
Oak Polypore Oak Polypore Buglossoporus quercinus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Black Bulgar Black Bulgar Bulgaria inquinans Inedible Autumn Spring Winter Season Start : Sep Season End : Mar
Yellow Stagshorn Yellow Stagshorn Calocera viscosa Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Silverleaf Fungus Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Devil's Fingers Devil's Fingers Clathrus archeri Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jun Season End : Sep
Fragrant Funnel Fragrant Funnel Clitocybe fragrans Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Woodland Inkcap Woodland Inkcap Coprinellus silvaticus Inedible Autumn Season Start : Sep Season End : Nov
Bruising Webcap Bruising Webcap Cortinarius / Thaxterogaster purpurascens Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Oak Mazegill Oak Mazegill Daedalea quercina Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Blushing Bracket Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
King Alfred's Cakes King Alfred's Cakes Daldinia concentrica Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Hoof Fungus Hoof Fungus Fomes fomentarius Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Red-Belted Bracket Red-Belted Bracket Fomitopsis pinicola Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Spectacular Rustgill Spectacular Rustgill Gymnopilus junonius Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : May Season End : Dec
Common Rustgill Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Spindle Toughshank Spindle Toughshank Gymnopus fusipes Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Oct
Root Rot Root Rot Heterobasidion annosum Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Cedarwood Waxcap Cedarwood Waxcap Hygrocybe / Cuphophyllus russocoriaceus Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Nov Season End : Feb
Slimy Waxcap Slimy Waxcap Hygrocybe / Gliophorus irrigatus Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Jul Season End : Dec
Parrot Waxcap Parrot Waxcap Hygrocybe / Gliophorus psittacinus Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Jul Season End : Dec
Jubilee Waxcap Jubilee Waxcap Hygrocybe / Gliophorus reginae Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Blackening Waxcap Blackening Waxcap Hygrocybe conica Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Beech Woodwart Beech Woodwart Hypoxylon fragiforme Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Shaggy Bracket Shaggy Bracket Inonotus hispidus Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Birch Woodwart Birch Woodwart Jackrogersella multiformis Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Weeping Widow Weeping Widow Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jun Season End : Nov
Fleecy Milkcap Fleecy Milkcap Lactifluus vellereus Inedible Autumn Summer Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Dusky Puffball Dusky Puffball Lycoperdon nigrescens Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Sep
Cucumber Cap Cucumber Cap Macrocystidia cucumis Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Jul Season End : Dec
Whitelaced Shank Whitelaced Shank Megacollybia platyphylla Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jun Season End : Nov
Dog Stinkhorn Dog Stinkhorn Mutinus caninus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Oct
Brown Mottlegill Brown Mottlegill Panaeolina foenisecii Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : Apr Season End : Dec
Egghead Mottlegill Egghead Mottlegill Panaeolus semiovatus Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Lilac Oysterling Lilac Oysterling Panus conchatus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Dyer's Mazegill Dyer's Mazegill Phaeolus schweinitzii Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Golden Scalycap Golden Scalycap Pholiota aurivella Inedible Autumn Spring Season Start : Apr Season End : Dec
Shaggy Scalycap Shaggy Scalycap Pholiota squarrosa Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Crimped Gill Crimped Gill Plicaturopsis crispa Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Jelly Tooth Jelly Tooth Pseudohydnum gelatinosum Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Sep Season End : Dec
Liberty Cap Liberty Cap Psilocybe semilanceata Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Sep Season End : Dec
Yellow False Truffle Yellow False Truffle Rhizopogon luteolus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Spotted Toughshank Spotted Toughshank Rhodocollybia maculata Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Wrinkled Peach Wrinkled Peach Rhodotus palmatus Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Least Stinking Brittlegill Least Stinking Brittlegill Russula subfoetens Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Poplar Bell Poplar Bell Schizophyllum amplum Inedible Autumn Season Start : Sep Season End : Nov
Splitgill Splitgill Schizophyllum commune Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Hairy Curtain Crust Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Blue Roundhead Blue Roundhead Stropharia caerulea Inedible Autumn Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Turkey Tail Turkey Tail Trametes versicolor Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Plums and Custard Plums and Custard Tricholomopsis rutilans Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Alder Bracket Alder Bracket Xanthoporia radiata Inedible Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Candlesnuff Fungus Candlesnuff Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
Dead Man's Fingers Dead Man's Fingers Xylaria polymorpha Inedible Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year