Warning about lethal mushrooms

A GOOD crop of mushrooms is predicted throughout the Dispatch district and Nottinghamshire. But experts warn that you need to know your onions before going out foraging.

Scores of species are sprouting after the recent damp weather. But there is no simple way of telling the tasty, edible mushrooms from those that are deadly and poisonous.

Dr Patrick Harding has studied the subject for 30 years and is running workshops on mushrooms in October. He said: “Some gourmet species look very similar to species like the Death Cap.”