This site about mushrooms (fungi) started in 1999 as sub-site of the Diemer Platform Spoorzicht Groen.

From 1999 till 2007 and from 2008 till now the action group members preserving this little nature park observed the fungi (Naturepark Spoorzicht). Each year there were two or three guided mushroom tours in the park.

During guided tours in all seasons with different focus like edible nature, birds, insects, amfibians, snakes, plants, and forest development, mushrooms were part of the tour.

Since 1999 I have tried to make web-pictures and web-pages to show the field attributes (field-marks) of the species.


It is not so easy to decide which field-marks are sufficient and efficient enough. There are books full of field marks of species with really a lot of details. Specialists do not look at them. Often, they know already from a distance what kind it is. How is that possible?
First of all, they already know the details. But more important, often they look at the combination the habitat, the usage and one or two marks. All the rest in fact is ballast (filling up details).

But is it ballast? On its own, it would be beautiful if all details of all species were brought together, including a shift or elimination of what is, and what is not, important. Anyway that does not exist. Even is not that far.

Information seldom is equivalent. There is no world-wide description-protocol, there is no fixed description-format. So, there is still a need for checking three or four different sources in literature, to get all the information about the species.
On the one hand, it is logical. Field-marks sometimes are becoming important due to different habitats, in another habitat they are senseless. And by broadening the area of the website, more habitats are involved.
On the other hand, it is a strange experience to see that the same species in different habitats can have outer forms so different from each other, that the prototype you have in mind writing about some species, differs from the prototype elsewhere. And what I am tasting now in the books of others, is exactly that same problem: what was their prototype in mind ? And what was sufficient and efficient enough from their point-of-view ? And is it for me the same ? Was it really redundant, the detail they skipped ? Or only for the habitat of their prototype ?

In the winter from 2011-2012 the chapter Stomach fungi is dramatically changed and expanded. Other chapters will follow. From now on the fungi part of this website is focussing on the Amsterdam Area including the pleistocene neighbourhood (Het Gooi) and parts of the Northsea dunal coast.

This website's concern is the macroscopic approach, learning to see the field-marks of species. This website stops, where scientists go on. Scientists (mycologists) use field-marks, too. After that they go further with microscopy and rna-detection to find out more.


Field-marks (macroscopic keys) are depending upon sensations; all the sense-organs are needed. And as soon you try to explain a sensation, for example a certain smell or taste, culture and knowledge of the world is involved. Once, someone learned me the "smell of sprat" of a Russula, and described that smell as "the cucumberish odor which is hanging above the water where a school of sprat is swimming."

Learning about fungi is language learning. And more. I am not surprised that online language translators were not able to translate my Dutch pages into English in January 2012. My exercise in making a translation is more an excursion in idleness than a real chance to serve a greater public.

The new chapter Stomach fungi has a stomach fungi thanksgiving.

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