Published in October 2017 by Monmouthshire Meadows Group and compiled by Elsa Wood and Jon Dunkelman, this field guide is the result of 2½ years surveying grassland sites in the Lower Wye Valley. Elsa and Jon were accompanied by photographers Malcolm Schuyl and Keith Moseley and assisted by production editor Marilyn Dunkelman. Cover design is by Gemma Wood, and the book was printed in Bristol by Whitehall Printing Company.
It contains descriptions of 177 species of fungi, with over 800 photographs, selected to illustrate the key identification points. There is an overview of the process of identifying fungi in the field, and while technical terms are kept to a minimum, those used are explained in the glossary. The format is A5, 336 pages.
The book can be purchased from the distributors NHBS using this link www.nhbs.com for a retail price of £19.99. It will be available for sale to members at a special price at MMG events.
MMG would like to thank the funders who have made the publication possible: New Grove Trust; Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust; the Sustainable Development Fund, a Welsh Government initiative in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and members of the meadows groups in the Lower Wye Valley who have made personal donations. We are also grateful to all the landowners who gave us access to their land for the survey.