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Hanging out with the 'fungi'!

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Enter another world … fascinating fungi … multi-coloured leaves ... cobwebs beaded with dew … a rustle and crunch in the undergrowth.

Your challenge this week is to ask your parent/carer to take you exploring in the woods. Can you identify five different trees? Find a decaying log on the ground – how many different fungi can you spot? Please DON’T TOUCH FUNGI – as some of them can be poisonous. See how many different seed types you can find– conkers, beech nuts, acorns, sycamore helicopters? Can you find the biggest, brightest orange leaf? Look up to the canopy - how tall are the trees? What do the different tree barks feel like? Can you stretch your arms around a tree trunk? Maybe take some arty autumnal photos, send them to us, and we can share them with the rest of your virtual Young Climate Warriors team!

It’s time for the FOREST OF PROMISES!!The big Climate Change conference is nearly here! It’s called COP26 and is being held in November in Glasgow, Scotland. Representatives from over 197 countries – almost every country in the world – are coming to help us all make global decisions and commitments to tackling climate change. The FOREST OF PROMISESis for young people from all round the world – it’s a way of letting the global leaders hear your voice. Whilst out exploring in the woods maybe find a leaf from your favourite tree, or get creative and draw your own leaf. On one side write your own promise to the planet, and on the other side ask write a promise that you’d like world leaders to make. Here’s are links to a Forest of Promises video,a WWF leaf template, and the Upload form to share your leaf(Please cite Young Climate Warriors as well as your ‘school / group’.) Please ask your parent / carer to share @youngclimatewarriors, #promisetotheplanet, #cop26.

You are one of a thousand Young Climate Warriors – let your voice be heard – join the FOREST OF PROMISES and tell us when you have completed this challenge by HITTING THE RED BUTTON!

Do you know what scientists who study fungi are called?… Mycologists. Fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants and mycologists estimate that there are somewhere between 2 to 4 million different species of fungi on Earth – that’s up to six times the number of plant species. Fungi help soils store carbon dioxide, and they break down organic matter – like leaves and dead trees – enabling it to be recycled and used by other plants. Can you think of examples when fungi provides direct benefits to humans?Edible mushrooms, yeast – used in making bread and drinks, and penicillin used in antibiotics. Some fungi however can cause devastating plant and animal diseases. For all these reasons, it’s really important that scientists learn more about how climate change is affecting fungi.

Once you’ve done some exploring, why not make some warming mushroom soup with some locally grown bought mushrooms; get crafty with your collection of autumn leaves(Woodland Trust) test your knowledge of British trees with the Woodland Trust’s online quiz: or plant a tree and get involved in the Woodland Trust's Big Climate Fightbackwhich aims to plant FIFTY MILLION trees in the UK in the next five years. Have fun exploring in the woods and don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON and tell us when you have completed this challenge.


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