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Spring Delights:

Stands the church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?

Townhall Clock, Adoxa moschatellina

Rupert Brooke's church clock might have stopped due to lack of maintenance, but Townhall Clock, Adoxa moschatellina, was clearly in excellent working order this spring.

With well over 1000 colour photographs, Pat O'Reilly's new edition of Fascinated by Fungi covers so much that you won't find in any other fungi books. Fully deserving its rave reviews and five-star ratings. Available online here...

Drought has a serious impact on some wildflowers of well-drained verges.

Butterbur, Petasites hybridus

Butterbur, Petasites hybridus, loves disturbed damp soil. In many areas this roadside wildflower was slow to flower this April. Its relative Petasites fragrans blooms much earlier.

There are detailed maps, directions and advice on the best wild orchid walks in Portugal's famous Algarve region. Anyone interested in orchids will be delighted with this authoritative hardback book. Available online here...

Wild Orchids of Wales - plus a Free guide to mountain, moors and meadow wildflowers

Wild Orchids of Wales, by Sue Parker

From April to August, wild orchids bloom in Wales. Which ones are where and when? Sue Parker's 200-page hardback Wild Orchids of Wales - how, when and where to find them has all the answers. More details...

There are maps, directions and access information for 50 top orchid sites and walks. Anyone who loves wildflowers (especially wild orchids) would be thrilled to receive this acclaimed hardback. Available online here...

Algarve Wildlife, the natural year - the latest hardback edition of this bestselling gem

Wild Orchids of the Algarve, by Sue Parker

Birds, mammals, fungi, wildflowers, top sites, walks and more. This is a fully revised and enlarged hardback new edition, builds on the acclaimed bestselling first edition of Algarve Wildlife, the natural year. More details...

The 288-page full-colour guide to wildlife, flowers and fungi species found throughout the year is arranged in fortnightly sections, with a map and detailed descriptions of the Algarve's finest nature sites. Available online here...


Spore Prints - where Science and Art collide (and collude)

Spore print

When you want to know exactly which kind of mushoom, toadstool or other kind of fungus you have found, visual appearance (macroscopic characters, to use the technical term) are often not enough to provide species-level identification. Then you need to do some scientific detective work. Finding out the colour of the spores is the first crucial step in in the process, and for this you need to make a spore print. It's easy! Just follow our simple online guide to making spore prints...

Oh, and by the way: spore prints can be very attractive artwork, too.

If you enjoy looking for fungi and are keen to learn more, you will enjoy Pat O'Reilly's 450-page Fascinated by Fungi. This five-star rated hardback book, with more than 1000 colour photographs of fungi, is bang up to date and contains a wealth of information that you won't find in other books on the subject. Author-signed copies are available at a special discount price in our online bookshop...


Microscopy for Amateur Mycologists

Microscopy for beginners

It's amazing how much more you can learn about fungi if you have access to a microscope. Our no-jargon Online Guide to Mushroom Microscopy has all the essential information about choosing and using a compound microscope, selecting chemical stains, preparing slides etc to help you get started.

There are also examples of the microscopic 'characters' cited in identification keys. More details...

Focus on Ascomycetes

Asci of the Eyelash Fungus, Scutellaria scutellata

Ascomycetes are fascinating, especially when viewed with a microscope. Here the spores of the Eyelash Fungus Scutellaria scutellata can be seen packed in sets of eight into the asci tubes. The same image in higher magnification can be seen on our Eyelash Fungus page.

Pat O'Reilly's new edition of the bestselling book Fascinated by Fungi contains a very useful introduction to fungal microscopy.


This best-selling book means a great deal to flyfishers

Matching the Hatch, pocket edition 2017

A new, fully revised and updated edition of Matching the Hatch is now available. Since its publication in 1997, this bestselling book has helped tens of thousands of flyfishers to understand the flies and other aquatic creates that trout and grayling feed upon and to select the best artificial flies and use them correctly. Pat O'Reilly's 'Magnificent Seven' for beginners and his 'Deadly Dozen' for more experienced anglers have brought clarity to what in the past was a cause of confusion and frustration. Copies of the bang up to date Pocket Edition are available direct from the publisher...

The battiest of bats - a book for readers and writers

Frazzle, a novel by Pat O'ReillySide-splittingly funny with a plot and outrageously hillarious characters unlike anything you have read before... we promise! Pat O'Reilly's fantasy novel, Frazzle, is now available in paperback or as a Kindle e-book from Amazon (UK and worldwide).

Full details and a free sample of the opening chapters of the book are now on Amazon... Or...

Find out more here about the fantasy parallel worlds of Pat's hilariously unique novel here...


Clitocybe odora, a beautiful blue aniseed-scented mushroom

Blue is not a colour normally associated with mushrooms, but there are a few striking blue species. Pictured here is one that makes itself obvious in another way too: the Aniseed Funnel Clitocybe odora can be found by 'following your nose'! See our Sortable Fungi Index for pictures and identification details for more than 770 fascinating fungi species.


Common Blue butterflyAmanita muscaria - Fly AgaricEpipactis atrorubens - Dark-red Helleborine

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