The Sorby Natural History Society, Sheffield

Covering a full range of natural history interests in Sheffield and the surrounding area, providing for both interested beginners and specialists.

Sorby Fungus Group

Secretary: Chris Kelly
Recorder: Ziggy Senkans, 183 Granville Road, Sheffield S2 2RN
Records Email:
Earthy Powdercap © Chris Kelly

Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum) at Burton Lane Cemetery, near Worrall.

Sorby Fungus Group provides a forum for people with an interest in fungi to meet and share knowledge and information. We aim to cater for all levels of expertise and encourage members to improve their skills.

We run a number of field meetings throughout the year, where members get together to observe and record fungi in the Sorby area. Increasingly, we run joint meetings with other local Environment groups, such as “Friends of…” groups and with other groups within Sorby, such as the Botanical Group. We occasionally run or support workshops on Fungi Identification. Other annual events include Fungi Night – an informal evening of talks and socialising, and the Winter Wander, where we look at what is around, then plan next year’s programme over lunch.

The group has recently become affiliated with the British Mycological Society, the national body for the research into, and recording of fungi.

Secretary Chris Kelly maintains an email list of members interested in Fungi and sends out an occasional Group Newsletter as well as reminders about meetings and events. If you would like to be included on this list or have any other enquires about the group, please contact her at the above secretary’s email address. Copies of past newsletters can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Our recorder is Michael (Ziggy) Senkans. Please send your records to him at the above recorder’s email address. Ziggy is Biodiversity Monitoring Officer at Sheffield City Ecology Unit, so Sheffield records sent to him count double.

If you are interested in fungi and live in or visit the Sorby region please contact us. We are always pleased to see new faces.


We encourage members to post their best or unusual photographs of fungi in  “Sorbyshire”  in the Sorby Natural History Society’s Flickr Group.

Lost and Found Fungi

Many fungi are under-recorded or overlooked sometimes because of the difficulty of identifying them. We have put together some Fact Sheets on four of the fungi from the Lost and Found Fungi Project. We’ve selected them on the basis that they seem to fall within the parameters that might make them “findable” in our area.
Click here to download copies of our Lost and Found Fungi Fact Sheets