Fungi Study Group

Fungi Books and Resources

Please check out our Fungi Books and Resources page, especially if you are looking for the Perth Fungi Field Book (revised 2017)

In 2001 the first Australia-wide Fungimap Conference was held in Denmark in southwest WA. The Fungi Study Group of the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club was formed at the conference. Since then, the Study Group has organised a number of Fungal Forays, most notably over the Western Australian Foundation Day long weekends in early June. These Forays were held at Donnelly River, Dwellingup, Busselton and Wongan Hills. The Group is still actively involved in Fungimap and members play an important role in the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project, commonly referred to as PUBF.

Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project

Perth Urban Bushland Fungi (PUBF) began in 2004 as a collaborative project between the Urban Bushland Council and the WA Naturalists’ Club in conjunction with the WA Herbarium, with financial support from Lotterywest. Over the previous 10 years, many well attended fungi forays and workshops have been held in urban bushlands of Perth. These events have highlighted growing requests by community and professional land managers to address the generally low level of awareness and knowledge about fungi and their importance and role in bushland management. PUBF addresses this gap and is working to improve improve awareness and knowledge so that fungi become an integral part of long term urban bushland management.

Perth’s urban bushlands lie within one of the world’s 34 terrestrial biodiversity hotspots for conservation priority. Our region is the only hotspot in Australia. The fungi in bushland are part of our rich biodiversity and yet we still know very little about their identities, their distribution and their role in ecosystem functioning. Fungi underpin the long-term health and resilience of bushland. Building knowledge of the fungi and other organisms that help keep the region’s plants healthy is essential for effective conservation management of this hotspot region.

Project activities

  • Working with community groups to collect data on fungi and build inventories of fungi for Perth bushlands, in many cases for the first time.
  • Increasing community skills and knowledge of fungi in bushland via surveys, workshops, walks, production of fungi kits and posters and presentations to bush care groups.
  • Teaching community group members to identify fungi and conduct fungi surveys.
  • Building an accurately identified reference collection of fungi at the WA Herbarium accompanied by high quality data.
  • Fostering a volunteer and salaried fungi workforce in the field, laboratory and herbarium.
  • Encouraging Federal, State, and Local Governments to integrate fungi into natural resource management strategies for the Perth Region.

Major priorities for future phases of the project are continuing development of an on-line fungi information base for the Perth region and continued community participation and education.

Want to participate?

Each year the PUBF team will continue to organise Fungi events to satisfy the various needs of community groups and the requirements of the project. On the Perth Urban Bushland Fungi Project website there was a Fungi field book for you to download and create individually to fit your requirements, information about this year’s events, fungi reports for different bushlands, news items, information to assist with learning about fungi, Fungus of the Month and more. We invite you to join us to survey and collect fungi from different vegetation and soil types. We are building inventories of fungi for Perth bushlands, in many cases for the first time. In Perth we are conducting fungi walks which are usually a 2½ hour stroll in an urban bushland to point out the existence of a diverse range of fungi and how to find them, as well as raise awareness about the importance of fungi to the environment. These walks will cater for everyone from beginners to enthusiasts. A report with a list of fungi recorded and collected in each bushland and a dossier of fungi photos is produced as a permanent record of our visit. Fungi specimens are lodged for permanent curation at the WA Herbarium as a basis for key scientific studies from these events.