Fungi are fantastic growths that seem to magically appear on the ground, in bushland and on trees throughout autumn. But did you know that without fungi, life on earth as we know it would not exist? There are some 3million species of fungi and they are essential in all ecosystems.

Pam Catcheside, an Honorary Research Assistant at the State Herbarium, will be discussing the variety of fungi, their ecology and explain why they are so important, with a presentation at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. Pam will also summarise how to identify the larger fungi and show some examples of species found in the Adelaide Hills.

Fungi are beautiful and mysterious, some are poisonous while others are delicious! Yet most of us know very little about these amazing species, some so tiny that you need a microscope to see them.

If you want to find out more about fungi, you need to book with the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive Norton Summit, by phone 8390 1891 or email to valhunt@ahnrc.org. Pam’s presentation “Fungi – their variety, ecology, importance and identification” will be held on Thursday May 30th, starting at 7pm. The cost is $5 per person and includes a light supper.