Picking policy

Below follows the translated text of the mushroom picking policy of the Dutch Mycological Society (NMV), as it was published in Coolia 44(2), 130-131 (2001). No rights or consequences can be derived from the version published here (on the web).


The Dutch Mycological Society aims at improving the study and conservation of fungi. Picking mushrooms for consumption, on whatever scale, does not fit in this goal. Therefore, during society activities (forays) no mushrooms will be picked for consumption. Limited picking for study and educative purposes is, however, acceptable and not harmful to the species. In general this should be performed as inconspicuously as possible, without visible damage to the surroundings. This also implies that picked but discarded mushrooms are not simply left on the footpaths, and logs that have been turned around are restored in their original position after examination.