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Foreword

In June 2000 the British Mycological Society Recording Network (BMSRN), as it is now known, held its Annual Group Leaders’ Meeting at Littledean, Gloucestershire. One of the outcomes of the meeting was a decision to revise and bring up to date the Guide to Recording Fungi written by Jack Marriott in the series Guides for the Amateur Mycologist. Lengthy consultation followed and there was much debate about what should be included in the guide. A glance at the index will indicate the wide coverage attempted – from tips on collecting and recording fungi to advice on complex databases. Some readers will find sections of the text to be statements of the obvious, whereas others may find the same text too advanced, or containing references to computer technology that may be difficult to understand. Others may be frustrated that topics that could have been included have been left out. Hopefully, however, all will find something to interest them in this revision.

Computer technology moves forward very quickly. The BMS Fungal Records Database (BMSFRD) can be expected to change over the next few years. It is thought that any re-print of the guide in booklet form would have a very limited shelf-life. A decision was therefore taken to enter the text onto the BMS web pages as a guidance note on collecting and recording fungi. A limited number of copies will be printed and circulated to Local Recording Groups and copies can also be made available to others at the cost of printing plus postage. The version on the BMS web pages will be brought up to date at intervals as necessary.

This guidance note has been collated and edited by Richard Iliffe, with help from a number of contributors. Some of Jack Marriott’s earlier text has been retained. Alan Braddock prepared a preliminary draft of the sections on computing. John Wheeley provided much of the chapter on BMSFRD, and Malcolm Storey advised on computer databases. Tom Hering helped to bring the section on plant taxonomy into line with current thinking, and Paul Kirk did the same for

fungal taxonomy.

Derek Schafer contributed

Helpful Marriott

suggestions were received throughout and the draft was checked and approved

the wording on intellectual property rights. from Ted Blackwell, Bert Brand and Jack by Paul Kirk and Shelley Evans. Final editing

may have led for any minor

to changes to the text of earlier contributors and errors that may have been introduced. The initial

the Editor accepts responsibility request for a review of the guide

came from Shelley final document is Holden

Evans in her former role as BMS Recording circulated with the approval of the current

Network co-ordinator, and co-ordinator of BMSRN,

the Liz

Richard Iliffe

April 2004

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