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Expert’s Lichfield lecture puts fungi in focus



Fungi will be the unusual topic of the first lecture from the Lichfield Science & Engineering Society‘s 2009/10 programme.

The chair of Staffordshire Fungus Group (SFG), Camilla Lovett, will deliver her lecture The Weird and the Wonderful at the Lichfield Garrick Studio Theatre on September 17.

And then, to back-up the new-found knowledge, on September 27 at 10am, Camilla and Neville Walters, Secretary of the SFG, will lead people a Fungus Foray at Pipe Green, Lichfield, to find, observe and identify fungi in their natural habitat.

Camilla explained her love of all things fungi:

“I was passionate about wild flowers whilst at primary school and during my university and college days took up botanical drawing in my spare time, choosing fungi as a special study. I couldn’t afford a camera and kept sketch books instead, which was more enlightening. My professional career was in education for some 30 years, initially teaching Rural Studies at secondary level. I taught almost every subject to every age-group in between bringing up a family and finding some spare time to concentrate on detailed paintings of fungi. But they lacked accurate naming and thus I started on the long and endless road to knowing more.

“In those days there were no local fungus groups in the area so I restarted a previously failed Staffordshire Fungus Group in 1994, holding office as Chairperson or Secretary for 15 years.”

Admission to the lecture is £4 for visitors, free for students and members of the Lichfield Science & Engineering Society,
the Burton-upon-Trent and District Engineering Society and the Stoke-on-Trent Association of Engineers. Tickets are not available in advance and visitors will need to pay on the door.

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