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Expert gives courses all about fungus

Nev Kilkenny at last year's weekend workshop

Nev Kilkenny at last year's weekend workshop

Leading fungus expert Nev Kilkenny is returning to the island as tutor on a number of mushroom and toadstool identification courses next month.

Open to the public, the courses are organised by the Isle of Man Fungus Group.

Chairman Liz Charter said: ‘He proved so popular over the last two seasons that the committee decided to invite him back again.

‘Nev was trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, under Professor Roy Watling and is a professional field mycologist with a great sense of humour and a warm approachable manner.’

The public fungus identification weekend workshop will be held at the Department of the Enviroment, Food and Agriculture’s headquarters at Thie Slieau Whallian Training Room, St John’s (opposite the sawmill) on September 6 and 7 at 10am.

Mr KilKenny will also run a public course on using microscopes to identify fungi.

It will be also held at DEFA HQ on September 2, 3 and 4. All equipment for this three-day training course will be provided.

A revision microscope course for those who attended last year’s will be held at the same venue (DEFA HQ) on Friday, September 5.

The costs to cover Mr Kilkenny’s expenses are £35 for the weekend workshop, £40 for the one-day revision session and £120.00 for the three-day microscope course.

To book ring or email Liz Charter, 204949, liz@iom.com

 

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