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Do you like being outside? Plantlife needs your help!


Cass Crocker

Cassie Crocker, Project Officer from nature charity, 'Plantlife Cymru', shares details of a new mobile app for tracking fungi.

Do you like being outside? Could you spare an hour or two? We need your help!

Download the WaxcApp to your phone and use it on ambles around Insole Court and other local green spaces over the coming weeks and you will be helping to survey the health of UGS (urban green space) ecosystems. Waxcaps are particular to grasslands – but Insole Court had lots of other exciting of fungi cropping up too. Why not use lockdown as an opportunity to have a fungi expedition and share photos of your encounters online using the hashtag #plantlifecymru.

Waxcap app has been developed as part of Magnificent Meadows Wales project (Plantlife) and aims to let everyone know about beautiful fungi called waxcaps, coral fungi and earthtongues that grow in our ‘grassy-lands’ including pastures, parks or cemeteries. Summer wildflowers in meadows are replaced by fungi in the autumn. The app encourages people to get out and record colours of fungi, not species names, therefore no fungus knowledge is necessary. It can be used and in encouraged to be used multiple times at the same site.

This is where you can find all the information about the app, how to download it and where to go search for fungi:

https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/habitats/grassland/waxcaps-fungi/waxcapp-survey

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