The Lost & Found Fungi Project

We know that there are many species of fungi in the UK (around 15000 at the last count), but for many we have little idea about where they are or even whether they have become extinct. This project will focus on fungi that have been rarely recorded from our region, carrying out targeted surveys to establish whether they are still there, and if so whether they are genuinely rare or merely under-reported. These abandoned species are currently lost, and hopefully many will be found as a result of project actions. Their conservation will then be promoted in partnership with local specialists and stakeholder groups. The project will run for five years from 1 July 2014 and will be managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, funded by a very generous donation from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

For more information on the project, its background, partners and approach, follow this link or those in the icons below. If you want to get involved, or have any queries about the project, the target species, or how to look for them, please email Brian Douglas at You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Non-lichenized Ascomycota

Rusts, smuts, and allies


Larger Basidiomycota

Lichens and lichenicolous 


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Entoloma bloxamii sensu lato in GB&I

Fungi associated with old or ancient trees

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Summary information by Vice County

Species by broad habitat categories
Grassland and meadows
Upland to montane
Parkland to woodland
Wet heath to wetlands

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith