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Last Saturday we had yet another great day out. This year the Annual Mushroom was held in Howth and we were able to find some different species compared to other years as a result.

Thanks to Paul Dowding for his expertise and boundless enthusiasm (there is no other description for it) and to all those hardy souls who made the trip over to the North side of Dublin. It wasn’t that bad now was it? Nice food and a few pints afterwards helped I am sure.

Paul Dowding shares his extensive experience with some of the society members.

Below are  some of the nearly 30 species of fungi we found on the day  in the woodland. Remember the saying “There are old mycologists and there are bold mycologists but there are no old bold mycologists”. Never eat a fungus unless you can positively identify it and always keep a specimen to bring to hospital with you if you decide to ignore the advice 🙂

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It is that time of year again, when we take to the woods for our annual fungal forage!

This year the TCD Botanical Society have organised their Annual Mushroom Hunt to take place in Howth on the 27th October at 11am.

Meet in the car park of Deerpark Hotel, Howth at 11am.

Dart: Turn right on exit of station and walk up the road before turning left into the hotel grounds, which are on the opposite side of the road. Walk up the hill to the car park.

Car: At Sutton Cross traffic lights turn left. Look out for the sign for the Deer Park Hotel. Pass Howth castle and follow signs towards Deer Park Hotel
You will find Deer Park Hotel at the right after 1.5 miles.

We will be meeting at the front gate of TCD at 10.15am, and getting the dart together at 10.38am, which should arrive in Howth at 11.07am.

We will have a look around the grounds of Deerpark, before enjoying our finds with some french baguettes and cheese, followed by some casual refreshments in The Bloody Stream, just by the DART station.

Hope to see you all there!
TCD Botanical Society

We are having a special 4th week event this Thursday 18th October at 1pm on campus. We have planned a walk around campus showcasing all the plant species the Trinity campus have to offer. The campus is looking particularly well at the moment with plenty of autumn colour on the trees. We may even throw in a bit of birdwatching also and let you see what birds are present on the campus for the autumn.

Meet at the front of the Botany Department at 1pm (we will wait for anyone, don’t worry!). The Botany department can be found beside the rugby pitch, right in front of the SNIAM Building.
We will relax in the pav afterwards with some light refreshments.
Hope to see you all there!