Letter: Dangers to fungi

Sir: The over-picking of wild fungi (letter, 14 September) is not as dangerous as the over-picking of wild flowers, for the simple reason that fungi, unlike flowers, reproduce by means of spores (which are shed by the cap of the ripe plant) and mycelium (minute underground threads). Indeed, the mushroom-picker's basket and boots are more likely to increase the areas in which the fungi grow, rather than inhibit them.

Letter: Royal oaks as hosts

Sir: Last Friday, you reported plans by the Crown Estates to fell an 'untidy' avenue of old trees in Windsor Great Park ('Royal tree- felling plan divides conservationists', 11 September). Your article rightly stressed that mature trees in centuries-old parkland are host to a number of rare species of insects and fungi requiring the continuity provided by this environment and not found elsewhere.

Letter: Fungi forays raise free-for-all fears

Sir: Before I go out on a fungus foray, prompted by your report ('Bumper mushroom crop fails to whet appetite', 10 September), can someone reassure me that there is no danger of over-picking fungi? Wild flowers are better off unpicked; it seems curious that it is a free-for-all for fungi.

Bumper mushroom crop fails to whet appetites: Scientists have been speculating on the 'fungiphobia' among Britons. Steve Connor reports

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