How should we respond to foraging?

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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by Steve » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:48 pm

Mal,
You are absolutely right that as yet there's no soundly proven link between "reasonable" levels of collecting for the pot and a general decline in the larger fungi. Because of how fungi appear, that can likely only be firmly established over a very long period of time, and if it is the case it will then be far too late. The obvious analogy is smoking and lung cancer, which took how long to "definitely" prove? Sadly we are probably certain to see a noticeable decline of intact mushrooms in the landscape simply because of more and more busy hands, commercial or otherwise. We have maybe the fastest rising population in Europe and we are one of the least wooded countries. 20 million people within 2 hours drive of the Peak District. I really don't think we should justify picking fungi just because we don't do it quite as brutally as the restaurant-pickers do. Sadly, we end up just adding to the problem, without any intention to do so. As lovers of the fragile fungi kingdom the only right thing to do is go to the shop for your mushrooms. Of course it's brilliant to be able to go out into the wild and find real natural food which isn't part of the Tescopoly culture - all chemicals, over-watering and profits. I've done it. But it's not like that any more. People don't pick bluebells any more.
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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by roy betts » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:40 pm

Related article on the Fresh Produce journal website:
http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/166 ... -mushrooms

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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by Leif » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:00 pm

That will only work if enforced, and £200 is chicken feed to commercial collectors, perhaps one days work? I've been down to the New Forest countless times, and never seen a warden while out collecting fungi. I can say the same for Witley Common which gets denuded of fungi. Yesterday I saw evidence of Tricholoma equestre being collected, despite being poisonous, and rare.
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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by adampembs » Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:33 pm

roy betts wrote:Related article on the Fresh Produce journal website:
http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/166 ... -mushrooms
The last section is interesting.
People are only legally allowed to pick 1.5kg per person of mushrooms per day.
The New Forest Association (NFA) welcomed the measures outlined by Rothnie, but repeated its demand for all mushroom picking to be banned.
Spokesperson Brian Tarnoff called for a system similar to the one operating in Epping Forest, which is owned by the City of London Corporation.
He said: “Keepers there are empowered to seize harvests from fungi foragers and in 2013 brought 20 successful prosecutions.
“A similar regime here would make it easier to deter commercial foragers who would no longer have recourse to pretend they are picking for personal use.”
Epping are enforcing it. Another option would be to issue permits like for fishing, or like Roudsea Wood. Or to issue more SAC or SSSI statuses and fence off certain areas.
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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by adampembs » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:59 am

adampembs wrote:
Epping are enforcing it. Another option would be to issue permits like for fishing, or like Roudsea Wood. Or to issue more SAC or SSSI statuses and fence off certain areas.
On the news today, they have banned fungi foraging in certain areas of the New Forest. :D
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Re: How should we respond to foraging?

Post by Leif » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:17 am

adampembs wrote:
adampembs wrote:
Epping are enforcing it. Another option would be to issue permits like for fishing, or like Roudsea Wood. Or to issue more SAC or SSSI statuses and fence off certain areas.
On the news today, they have banned fungi foraging in certain areas of the New Forest. :D
They have for years temporarily banned picking in certain areas, apparently to let fungi recover.

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