Secret Sunday Mushroom Club
As featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine UK Top 10 Foraging Courses!

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(See bottom of page for dates of meetings)

Welcome to the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club Home Page. The Secret Sunday Mushroom Club is much more than just a course. If you want to learn to forage safely for all kinds of wild mushrooms then look no further. Click here to see what Wiltshire Life Magazine had to say about the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club back in 2011!

 cooking mushrooms

Led by Fred the Forager in Wiltshire, a year's membership of the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club brings you 12 months support and 18 hours of field tuition, taking you through the entire mushroom season and a wide variety of habitats and species:

  • 4 exclusive club meetings where you will receive expert field tuition from Fred the Forager, with more than 30 years experience of identifying mushrooms and other fungi. You will receive 18 hours of hands on tuition in both mushroom identification and fungal ecology.

  • 12 months membership of our exclusive mailing list where all members can share pictures of their mushroom finds. After everyone has attempted to identify them you will receive an expert opinion.
  • Members discount (40%) on a special spring mushroom foraging day (to be taken during the membership period).
  • You'll gain a deeper understanding of fungi, fungal habitats, their role in ecology and where to search for different species of fungi.

  • Our exclusive guide "Demystifying Mushroom Identification" which de-mystifies the information in the mushroom ID books - teaching you what to look for and how to break mushroom identification down into simple steps, as well as decoding the scientific language that is often used.
  • You will learn to identify with confidence a wide variety of common species, gaining an understanding of how to avoid poisoning yourself and how to protect fungi populations for future generations to enjoy in the process. 
  • There'll be a fabulous mushroom picnic in the woods to celebrate our last field meeting at the tail end of the autumn mushroom season.

  • You can bring a special guest with you on one of the club day meetings.

ceps porcini

So what is the secret?

Locations of club meetings will be given out to members only and exact coordinates and location maps will be released to members the day before each foray takes place.  Reconnaissance will be carried out beforehand in the woods to ensure a high chance of interesting finds, and also because some of the sites are best kept secret due to their environmental sensitivity.

Your foraging experience will be led by myself, Fred Gillam (known as Fred the Forager) and you will be able to benefit from my local knowledge. I regularly provide myself with meals prepared from nearly 150 species of wild fungi... mushrooms are almost always on the menu!

wood blewit

Wood blewit
Clitocybe nuda

There can be no guarantees when it comes to looking for wild mushrooms, but joining the club will certainly increase both your confidence and your chances of making excellent finds.

  • Membership is limited to 16 places on a first come first served basis.
We are taking bookings for the 2017 Secret Sunday Mushroom Club which opens in the autumn season. Please note that early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Contact to become a member for 2017-18 (runs from September to September) or alternatively to book a place on one of our spring foraging courses.



17th September... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

1st October... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

22nd October... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

5th November (feast)... 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition) £145.00


24th September... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

15th October... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

29th October... 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM

12th November (feast)... 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition) £145.00

TO JOIN starting in 2017 send an email to (please put 'MUSHROOM CLUB' in the subject line)... your place will be secure once we have received full payment by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal. If you have received a gift voucher for this course from a friend then your place has already been paid for and you will need to get in touch to reserve your place.

Please note a gift vouchers for 2017 are available for this course - click the Gift Vouchers link on the left of this page for more information, or the Shop link to purchase. 

a good sized common parasol

 Common parasol mushroom Macrolepiota procera

See you in the woods!