Mushrooms and Microscopes in Margate: A Workshop and Urban Foray With Mycologist Rich Wright

Image credit: Rich Wright, Forever Fungi.

In this workshop with mycologist Rich Wright, you will learn about the kingdom of fungi, find what species are living in the local area, and how to identify them in the field and under the microscope. Rich is a mycologist and educator currently doing taxonomic research at Kew Gardens.

Rich Wright has been working as an educator and mycologist since 2009, from the grass roots of community and sustainable agriculture projects through to ecological surveys and taxonomic research at Kew Gardens. 

He is the founder of Forever Fungi, a social enterprise that focuses on raising awareness of fungi through an accessible education programme, outreach events, conservation work and research. He teaches identification, cultivation, biology, ecology and other applications involving fungi.

He has been running UK Fungus day events for 6 years and is the founder of Bristol Fungus Day, an exciting community event that merges the arts and sciences. Rich is also the founder and chairperson of Bristol City Mycology and works closely with the Justin Smith Foundation, engaging with the public to raise awareness of the fascinating Kingdom of Fungi.

12-1pm: talk
1-2pm: lunch
2-2.30pm: field id intro at OSE and walk to Tivoli Park
2.30-3.30pm: park foray
3.30-5pm microscope id in classroom

Practical Information
As parts of this session will be taking place outside, please dress for the weather. You don’t need to be an artist to take part and you don’t need to attend the entire day.

Accessibility info
Due to factors beyond our control, the parts of this event taking place at OSE are inaccessible to those with limited mobility. We can record parts of the session if there is a demand. Please send an email to if you are interested.