The Warwickshire Fungus Survey has finished its work. It has been formally dissolved but a few of the remaining members are planning to keep in touch so they can talk about their finds and sometimes take walks together to look for fungi. We include notes on the Warwickshire Fungus Survey below. The new informal group, the Friends of Warwickshire Fungi looks at fungi in the old Vice County of Warwickshire, which is Warwickshire as it was understood in 1852. Vice Counties
We welcome anyone in the Midlands area, with similar interests who would like to meet us. See index.
The Warwickshire Fungus Survey
The survey was started in 1965, at the suggestion of Dr. Nancy Montgomery, and with the close co-operation of Dr Gill Brand, ne้ Butler, then both of Birmingham University.
An enthusiastic group of amateur and professional mycologists, worked during the following fifteen years to produce the Fungus Flora of Warwickshire. This group was the first of its kind anywhere, devoting itself to the identification of fungi, lichens and myxomycetes. The group was the mycological section of Birmingham Natural History Society. The society employed its resources to aid the production of the Flora.
The Fungus Flora was published in 1980 by the British Mycological Society and edited by the late Malcolm Clark. It contains detailed records of the fungi found in the area, at least one specimen with detailed notes was dried and kept in the herbarium.
It was obvious, even with the publication of the Flora that new species were still turning up, and that the Survey was well worth carrying on. Since 1980, supplements have been published in the Proceedings of the Birmingham Natural History Society. New members continue to join us.
For anyone who would like to refer to the archived 'Warwickshire Fungus Survey' website. Warwickshire Fungus Survey
The Watsonian Vice Counties were devised by Hewett C. Watson and published first in 1852 in his 'Cybele Britannica'. Essentially they are based on the county divisions at the time, but a number of the larger counties were split up so that each vice-county would represent a more or less equal recording area. The vice-county system presents a standard recording pattern, to which all county floras follow. No matter how many boundary alterations are carried out by Government, the recording areas remain the same, so that exact comparisons can be made between present records and those published in the past. Details of the vice county boundaries, with both text and maps, were published by the Ray Society, (Dandy 1969).
Dandy, J.E. 1969 'Watsonian Vice Counties of Great Britain', the Ray Society, London.
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