Fungi are not plants but in a Kingdom of their own. Indeed they are more closely related to animals than plants. The familiar mushroom is just the fruiting body of the fungus, equivalent to the flower on a plant. The main body of the fungus is a network of threads, either underground or within the plant or animal hosting it. There is a tremendous diversity from the large brackets and colourful mushrooms, to more subtle rusts and mildews.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

The Leicestershire Fungi Study Group is a great place to start if you want to learn about fungi.

Useful Websites and Publications




Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools - an excellent first book.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know:

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).