September 2018


The Wonder of Waxcaps: An introduction to the conservation importance, ecological interest and beauty of waxcap fungi - Anita Diamond

Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden

Lecture Theatre G23, Thoday Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor LL57 2UW
Monday 24 September 2018, 18:00
Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden


Waxcap fungi are associated with unimproved grassland. 83% of farmland landscape in Wales is permanent pasture or rough grazing. This means Wales’ is important on a global scale for waxcap conservation. Due to the threats to waxcap habitats, Plantlife Cymru is working to involve more people in waxcap monitoring and conservation. Anita Diamond, who worked for Plantlife to develop their waxcap project, will guide us through the wonders and delights of these colourful mushrooms and explain how you can get involved in their conservation.

Anita Daimond worked for Plantlife Cymru developing the Welsh waxcap fungi project during 2016-2017. Anita has a background in environmental and fieldwork education, people engagement and project management. Anita became interested in waxcap fungi whilst working as Education Officer at Moelyci, Tregarth. The discovery of the diversity and importance of the Moelyci land for waxcap fungi was made whilst she was in post.

Photo: Pink waxcap (aka Ballerina Waxcap or Pink Ballerina), taken at Chirk Castle 2016. Porpolomopsis calyptriformis (Formerly Hygrocybe calyptriformis)