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?

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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
Inky Mushroom Inky Mushroom Agaricus moelleri Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jun Season End : Oct
Yellow Stainer Yellow Stainer Agaricus xanthodermus Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Gemmed Amanita Gemmed Amanita Amanita gemmata Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : May Season End : Nov
Fly agaric Fly agaric Amanita muscaria Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec
Panther Cap Panther Cap Amanita pantherina Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Death Cap Death Cap Amanita Phalliodes Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Destroying Angel Destroying Angel Amanita virosa Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
The Ivory Funnel The Ivory Funnel Clitocybe dealbata Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Clouded Agaric Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis Poisonous Autumn Winter Season Start : Sep Season End : Dec
Common Inkcap Common Inkcap Coprinopsis atramentaria Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Apr Season End : Nov
Magpie Fungus Magpie Fungus Coprinus picaceus Poisonous Autumn Winter Season Start : Sep Season End : Dec
False Chanterelle False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Sulphur Tuft Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : All Year Season End : All Year
White Fibrecap White Fibrecap Inocybe geophylla Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Lilac Fibrecap Lilac Fibrecap Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Oct
Bearded Milkcap Bearded Milkcap Lactarius pubescens Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Woolly Milkcap Woolly Milkcap Lactarius torminosus Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Oct
Lilac Bonnet Lilac Bonnet Mycena pura Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Rosy Bonnet Mushroom Rosy Bonnet Mushroom Mycena rosea Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Brown Roll Rim Brown Roll Rim Paxillus involutus Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
The Sickener The Sickener Russula emetica Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Oct
Geranium Scented Russula Geranium Scented Russula Russula fellea Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Beechwood Sickener Beechwood Sickener Russula nobilis Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Aug Season End : Nov
Common Earthball Common Earthball Scleroderma citrinum, areolatum, verrucosum Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Jul Season End : Nov
Blue Roundhead Blue Roundhead Stropharia caerulea Poisonous Autumn Winter Season Start : Aug Season End : Dec