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Rust Fungus - What is that? You can learn all about it at a special workshop in June

Rust identification workshop for beginners

Hello naturalists/fungi enthusiasts/botanists.

We are running a rust fungi identification workshop for beginners and its aim is to demonstrate how easily many rust fungi can be identified without a microscope.  It will take place on Saturday 10 June 2017. More information is provided below, so please read through. Places are limited so if you are interested please contact us to book a place.

Cameron & Chris

Rust identification workshop for beginners

This workshop will provide you with the material & knowledge to identify rust fungi that do not require a microscope.


Rust fungi are an often overlooked group.  For some people, they are unsure of how to identify them or they are perceived as difficult.  As a result, these are lost records, leading to a partial species list for a surveyed site.

A good number of rusts are easy to identify without a microscope with the appropriate literature. It is these rusts we will focus on and you’ll be given a rust guide that will support you.

 How will the workshop run?

Three main parts:

  1. 1.       Start off indoors on various practical exercises on how to identify rust fungi.
  2. 2.       Followed by a foray to find and collect rusts.
  3. 3.       Back to the workshop to identify the collected rusts.


The workshop with be at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre:

 Date & Time

Saturday 10 June 2017

Arrive from 10 am for a 10.30 am start. We’ll finish at no later than 4 pm.

 Getting there

Lothian bus service 34 & 44 stop right outside.

Slateford Railway station is a short walk away.

What is the cost?

£2 payable on the day.  (You’ll be provided with a weather resistant guide and a workbook. Free tea and biscuits will also be available).

What should I bring?

  • ·         Hand lens
  • ·         Pen
  • ·         Outdoor clothing for the afternoon
  • ·         Packed lunch or there is a small café at the centre

Can anyone come along?

This course is aimed at those who have no or very little understanding of rust fungi. If you are currently able to identify rusts then you may find much/all of the course already familiar to you.

 How to book?

Please email Cameron at to reserve a place. You will receive a confirmation once you’re booked on.

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