How to make a spore print

Autumn is the time for fungi forays, so here’s a simple way to create a spore print. Do take care though: some species are poisonous.

Illustrations by Alan Batley

All illustrations by Alan Batley

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Pick a mushroom that is mature but not yet in decay. Mushrooms with large, flat caps are ideal.

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Next, cover the cap with a bowl and wait at least 12 hours for the spores to be released.

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Lift up the fungus – it should have dropped its spores, leaving a lovely imprint on the paper. You could frame it, make it into a card or keep it in a plastic wallet for reference.

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