What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK

What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK

Most of the United Kingdom has a cool, and often cloudy climate. Hot temperatures are infrequent but frequent changes in temperature and pressure results to unsettled weather. Many types of weather can be experienced in a period of 24 hours. These weather conditions make the UK an ideal habitat for magic mushrooms.

Magic Mushrooms in the UK

A quarter of the UK is occupied by moors and heathlands. Magic mushrooms can be found on rotting grass roots. Some species are also scatters in pastures, grassy roadsides, and paths. Usually, these magic shrooms sprout after an unexpected shower.

Here are the magic shrooms growing in the UK:

Psilocybe cyanescens

Psilocybe cyanescens

Also called wavy caps, the Psilocybe cyanescens is one of the most potent psychedelic mushrooms. It’s also a relatively small mushroom with caps measuring 1.5cm to 5cm across. The color is chestnut brown or caramel when moist but when they dry, they become pale buff to slightly yellowish. They are distinctly wavy in maturity.

Psilocybe cyanescens can fruit in remarkable quantities. In one instance, 100,000 mushrooms are found growing in a single patch at an England racetrack. Looking for Psilocybe cyanescens in the UK is easy. This magic mushroom grows on wood chips, along mulched plant beds in urban areas, and other lignin-rich substrates. This magic mushroom doesn’t grow on mulch that is made from bark. Fruiting typically occurs from October to February.

Psilocybe fimetaria

Psilocybe fimetaria

Psilocybe fimetaria is a magic mushroom known to grow in Great Britain. Its cap is 1.5cm to 3.5cm in diameter and is usually broadly convex with translucent striations on the surface. When moist, the cap becomes sticky and reddish brown to honey. When dried, it becomes yellowish olive to ochre. Psilocybe fimetaria can grow as tall as 9cm.

In the UK, P. fimetaria grows solitarily to in small groups on horse or cow dung. It has a preference for grassy areas, and rich soils. It also fruits in large rings typically from September to November.

Psilocybe semilanceata

Psilocybe semilanceata

Known as liberty caps, the Psilocybe semilanceata is a magic mushroom that produces strong hallucinogenic effects. It’s also one of the most widely-distributed psilocybin mushroom in nature.

Psilocybe semilanceata has a distinct conical to bell-shaped cap which gave it its name. This distinguishing cap can reach 2.5cm in across and it has a small, nipple-like protrusion on the top. Moist specimens are yellow to brown when young but fade to a lighter color with age. When dry, it becomes much paler.

Like the P. mexicana, and the P. tampanensis, this shroom also forms sclerotia – also known as truffles. These are underground fruiting bodies which have the same chemical constitution as the above ground fruiting bodies.

This hallucinogenic mushroom fruits alone or in small clusters on rich, and acidic soil. It has a partiality to growing in grasslands such as pastures, meadows, and lawns which have been enriched with sheep or cow dung but it doesn’t directly grow on dung.

Gymnopilus junonius

semilanceata

This large orange mushroom also goes by the name Laughing Gym, Laughing Cap, Laughing Jim, or the Spectacular Rustgill. It contains the hallucinogen psilocybin too.

The Gymnopilus junonius can grow to tremendous sizes. Its cap can be anywhere between 7cm to 20cm across, is convex, and bright yellow orange in younger specimens. Older specimens are reddish brown with a dry, scaly surface. It also reaches 27cm in height.

This distinctive shroom is widely distributed and grows in thick clusters under large, old trees especially the silver maple. It’s found where decaying wood can be found especially in moist, lowland wooded areas near rivers.

Gymnopilus purpuratus

Gymnopilus purpuratus

Gymnopilus purpuratus has a rusty orange and reddish brown cap which becomes cracked with age. The cap is 1.5cm to 6cm in diameter with a brown red stem. This hallucinogenic shroom grows in clusters on dead wood, pig dung, and wood chip mulch across the UK.

Inocybe corydalina

Inocybe corydalina

The greenflush fibrecap, scientifically called Inocybe corudalina, is an Inocybe mushroom that contains the hallucinogen psilocybin. It is widespread across the British Isles and Europe where the fruiting bodies emerge in fall under deciduous trees and under conifers.

It can be distinguished by its 5cm buff to brown cap with greenish tones. It’s also conic in shape but eventually turns plane with age. The center of the cap is darker brown to greenish with a small elevation towards the center.

Panaeolus cinctulus

Panaeolus cinctulus

Commonly called the banded mottlegil, weed Panaeolus or subs, this is a common, widely distributed hallucinogenic mushroom. They grow from spring to fall in small clusters on compost piles well-fertilized lawns, gardens, and on rare occasions, dung.

It can be identified by its 5cm cap which is convex when young but flattens with age with a cinnamon brown color when moist. It’s usually 8cm long with a 7mm thick stem.

Panaeolus fimicola

Panaeolus fimicola

Panaeolus fimicola contains small amounts of the hallucinogen psilocybin. It has a cap with 3.5cm across which is dingy gray to blackish with reddish tones. When dried, it becomes yellowish and smooth. It can be seen growing alone or scattered in soil or dung, fertilized lawns, and other grassy places. This shroom is commonly seen from late spring to mid-fall.

Panaeolus olivaceous

Panaeolus olivaceous

This shroom is widely distributed and is seen in rich, grassy areas from late summer through December across North and South America. It is distinguished by its black spore print and dark gills which mature alongside a thick stem which is 6cm long and approximately 4mm thick.

Panaeolus olivaceous’ cap is 4cm across with a distinct bell shape which becomes conic as it ages. This dark cinnamon cap also has an inward margin.

Pluteus salicinus

Pluteus salicinus

The European Pluteus salicinus grows on dead hardwoods in damp forests and flood plains from summer to fall. It can be identified by its 8cm cap which is silver-gray to brownish gray with a bluish or greenish tinge and tiny scales towards the center. It can grow to 5cm tall with a stem that is 0.6cm thick.

When to Collect Magic Mushrooms in the UK

In the UK, the best time to go hunting for magic mushroom is during autumn because most species enjoy the conditions. If you’re not looking for a specific time of magic mushroom, the months of September to November are the best times to find a large variety of wild hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Long, light showers also increase your chances of spotting these fungi in the wild because most psilocybin-containing mushrooms grow in the next few days that follow. The moist conditions trigger the fruiting process and some even pop up overnight.

No matter what the season, dry weather which persist for days are not ideal. If your neighborhood is in a heatwave, it’s better to stay indoors as your magic mushroom hunting ventures are doomed to fail.

Where to Find Magic Mushrooms in UK

Magic mushrooms can be quite resilient and are capable of growing wherever conditions allow them to flourish. Once you develop your eye for hunting mushrooms, you’ll start recognizing places that allow them to grow.

You don’t have to go far when searching for psilocybin mushrooms. Check out local woods, fields, meadows and pasture, and the sides of nature trails. Most magic shrooms require decaying wood. If you’re looking for specific types of magic mushrooms in the UK, simply refer to their locations listed above.

When going on a magic mushroom hunt, make sure you’re wearing boots with god grip, a jacket with plenty of pockets for your accessories, and comfortable trousers. A wicker basket is essential for collecting magic shrooms. A knife may also be used for harvesting.

Now that you know all the necessary information about magic mushrooms in the UK, you can start hunting for magic shrooms on your own.

However, if you want to go ahead and enjoy a hassle-free psilocybin experience, you can order magic mushrooms online from Truffle Magic!

Truffle Magic offers different magic truffle strains and magic truffle grow kits to fit your mood and needs. Enjoy magic truffles discreetly delivered to your doorstep.

39 Responses to “What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK”

  1. Ross 30th October 2018 at 19:38 #

    HI all anyone in kent up for a hunt?

    • matt 18th November 2018 at 22:39 #

      hi ross. yeah i am, will be there from tomorrow. tried a few spots but not much luck so far, how are you getting on with it?

  2. Baz from Bradford 22nd October 2018 at 23:11 #

    Hi all, newbie here. From Bradford.
    Has anyone ever tried these truffle kits being sold on this site? The frosts are due to come around here this coming weekend so I’m looking at possible alternative ways to get hold of good material for enlightenment, but I have a hard time trusting the Internet for such purposes…

  3. Amy 16th October 2018 at 09:32 #

    Hi Harry,
    I live along the Wirral and had a little wander yday. Found quite a few argarics but no libs.
    How did you get on the other day?
    Let me know when you next want to go and we can meet up.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Amy

    • Cain 22nd October 2018 at 05:16 #

      Does anyone know if Lyme park in Manchester is any good for shrooms

    • Baz from Bradford 22nd October 2018 at 23:06 #

      Hi guys, newbie here. I’ve never taken mushies, and certainly never hunted for them, but believe it or not a GP friend of mine damn near insisted I try them as I’m overcoming a long standing addiction to another drug and he used to work in the States where mushroom are routinely used to treat addictions, and so here I am.

      I’ve researched as much as I can but cannot seem to find the libs anywhere.
      Is there any kind of terrain which is highly likely to be successful or is that just wishful thinking?
      Also, has anyone ever tried these truffles you can buy from this site we’re on now? I’ve always been sceptical of buying such things over the Internet but with the imminent drop in temperatures (minus zero this coming weekend) I’m led to believe that the lib picking season will be well and truly over.
      I haven’t read of any hallucinogenic mushrooms which survive the first frost so I’m looking for alternative routes to acquire the necessary ingredient for spiritual enlightenment 😋

      Any advice, help, guidance etc would be greatly appreciated as I look for my proverbial mushroom virginity to be taken…

      Happy hunting guys.

    • Gabriel 28th October 2018 at 15:18 #

      Hi Amy, well I went out for a few hours this morning and found only a couple, have you found any recently. Am in Liverpool myself…

    • Gabriel Brocklesby 28th October 2018 at 15:23 #

      Yeah just hope we haven’t missed this years season already, although am hearing all the time that it’s late this year so fingers crossed eh

    • dan 2nd November 2018 at 13:55 #

      hi amy im in ellesmere port, theres place here thats well known to have magic mushrooms, ive been loads and always find them, but im not sure if there aare defo magic or not, found some of the red toadstools last time , but didnt have balls to eat em. going back today. its on a41 just past hooton.

      • Rich 18th November 2018 at 19:17 #

        Hey man I live in ellesmere port too, had any luck? Did you stock up by ant chance?

  4. Harry 8th October 2018 at 04:40 #

    I’m going on a hunt tomorrow just outside of Chester.
    I will let you know how I get on.
    Would definitely be up for a meet up and a search if anyone is down?

    • Amy 15th October 2018 at 18:26 #

      Hi Harry,
      Would def be interested in going on a hunt in Chester.
      Did you manage to find any the other day?
      There are a couple of places that I have my eye on. Look forward to hearing from you.
      Amy

    • Amy 15th October 2018 at 19:29 #

      Hi Harry,
      I’m along the Wirral if you fancy getting together to go for a hunt.
      I had a little wander near me today and found a few different varieties, non of them magic unfortunately. However, it is a good sign that the season is upon us!
      Let me know when you next fancy going.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Amy

    • Tommy 16th October 2018 at 00:29 #

      Have you had any luck? I’ve been searching just over the boarder but no luck so far.

    • a.khasriya 16th October 2018 at 10:37 #

      Hi Harry,
      I live along the Wirral and went out for a wander yesterday, I didn’t come across any Libs but I did see a few Argaric on my travels.
      How did your hunt go the other day?
      Let me know next time you want to head out and we can go together.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Amy

  5. Rob 6th October 2018 at 21:54 #

    Anyone in the Huddersfield/leeds area want to come on a hunt with me? I do know where to go, but could do with a companion who is willing to walk a mile or two in the fields. Thanks,
    R S

    • Dale 18th October 2018 at 15:27 #

      Hey

      I live in huddersfield, i went today but would meet up to hunt together

      Dale

      • Barry 23rd October 2018 at 00:27 #

        Me too. I’m from Bradford but a total newbie to mushroom hunting

    • Scott 19th October 2018 at 14:57 #

      Hi Rob, I’m in Huddersfield too, do you know any good places as me and some friends aren’t having any luck.
      Cheers.

      • Lily 30th October 2018 at 14:39 #

        Bit late to the club here but I’m in the hudds area, anyone know any good spots?

  6. Shane Crowther 5th October 2018 at 01:59 #

    I’m in West Yorkshire area (Leeds) and not yet seen any libs,
    Missed the season last year, was too late when went looking. Not sure if they’ve been and gone yet here – if anyone can give any info please.?
    May be looking in the wrong places :/
    Would appreciate some spots or to join up with some of y’all on some picks ..

    Cheers..

  7. Mitch 27th September 2018 at 23:11 #

    I can’t find any

  8. Mitch 27th September 2018 at 23:08 #

    In North Wales area. I have been out searching for liberty caps at different locations but can’t find any only finding other types mushroom. Does anyone know if there fruiting already I’ve been on cow/sheep grassy fields etc. (Seems a bit dry) I go alone as I don’t know anyone willing to go hunting with. Spent hours upon hours looking with no results, any advise would be appreciated thanks

    • Karl 30th September 2018 at 20:32 #

      Hi mitch.
      I live in Cumbria and as far as I can tell they don’t appear to be growing yet. I find this unusual because normally I find them from as early as mid august. I’m sure the unusually hot summer we’ve had as something to do with this but for the last 6 weeks or so have been very autumnal. Although past experience has taught me that when a season starts late it is normally very rewarding as they tend to grow in huge numbers. Be patient, there’ll be plenty soon.
      Karl.

  9. Jools 24th September 2018 at 11:46 #

    Hi everyone, does anyone know of anywhere in the west midlands area to go and pick? Had a bad year last year and would like to try some other known places, thanks Jools

  10. Niall 21st September 2018 at 00:10 #

    Me and a pal are travelling to south Wales early October so anyone who wants to join us on the hunt your more than welcome.

    • Matt Jarvis 27th September 2018 at 19:58 #

      Hi Niall,

      Would be interested in joining you if the offer still stands.

      Let me know and we’ll exchange details.

      Thanks

      Matt

    • Matt 27th September 2018 at 21:58 #

      Nial,

      I’d be very interested in joining.
      If the offer still stands, let me know and we’ll exchange details.

      Thanks

  11. Mick 17th September 2018 at 07:05 #

    I used liberty caps for many years, great and bad experiences so be careful, if possible have a straight friend with you so they can assist if nessesary. I once or twice made mushroom beer, simply boil up the shrooms and use it to mix the beer kit, it’s great at party’s

  12. James c 12th September 2018 at 07:07 #

    i’m in brighton in the south of england recently became very interested in finding my own i hope i can after seeing this guide, i will not take anything i’m not sure of but am now determined to find some i know a good place lots of farmers fields and golf courses could use some experienced help but looks like i’ll be searching on my own lol if anyone nearby could help please contact me [email protected]

    • Gordy 23rd October 2018 at 20:46 #

      Hey I’m in the area. Free for a foray.

  13. Debbie 7th August 2018 at 18:18 #

    We had a lot of sun this year in the uk, a lot! But up here in the far North the rain has began and this is the best time of year to start looking… at least a few liberty caps are popping up right now. My partner is a gardener and he came home with 4 today. He said there were a whole load of tiny ones coming up but hes left them to mature and he will get them in the next day or two. We have just had a few days of rain and the last couple of days there have been all manner of fungi popping up. You will find them on golf courses, hills and fields, even garden lawns and grassy verges. Once you know what you are looking for you should have no problem finding them, from now until late November, weather permitting. Frost kills them. Good luck!

  14. SC 20th January 2018 at 19:02 #

    Wow, I knew we had magic mushrooms here in the U.K, but what I didn’t realise was just how many varieties there were! I would love to have the knowledge and expertise to actually get out there to pick my own magic mushrooms… To have that confidence to harvest the correct mushrooms would be mind blowing. I wonder if there is anyone in N.Wales who would be willing to pass on that knowledge? Thanks for the article.

    • Mush guru 15th June 2018 at 16:10 #

      as you’ve had no reply and mushroom season is fast approaching us I thought I’d give you some info to help you out. Get the Collins gem books on mushrooms and trees. The mushroom book will help you to recognise similar looking ones that potetentially could be dangerous and the tree book will help you to recognise certain decying trees as some species love a paticular tree and have a deadly lookalike that grows on different decaying trees. There both cheap and may be able to find in a local charity shop.

      Now N.wales I can’t really help you there as I’m from the south of England how ever I have had some luck (with diffuculty) camping for a week in the Brecon Beacons foragin for all types of edible mushrooms and food and of course psychedelic ones (specifacly aminita muscaria and wavvy caps) I have had much more success with wider varietys all over. Lake District is amazing, savanake forest, new forest, Sherwood Forest, any farmers fields that have had cows in recently or for libs the last few years, I go to horse stables aswell. Once you understand the environment that each mushroom likes you will find it much easier to find them.

      NEVER take any if you aren’t 100% sure!! If your 90% sure take it home, document colour, cap and stem size, take pictures of it and most importantly take a spore print. There are various websites used by experienced mushroom pickers you can upload that info too and hopefully somebody can help you out, or do your own reasearch and figure it out. Spore prints are the best way to make sure you know what you’ve got. Also if it has got psilocybin in it should quite quickly bruise blue.

      Hope this info has helped, have fun picking from August to October/November. Apart from poisonous look alikes your biggest problem will be people with load mouths and police, stay discreet and stay safe!!

      • p 29th October 2018 at 23:26 #

        Did you find wavy caps in a forest in Brecon Beacons? Ive only ever found them once recently in a public gardens – woodchips next to lawn. Would love to find more! Especially in the ‘wild’

    • Ian 25th June 2018 at 03:29 #

      Once you know exactly what you’re looking for – they’re all over the place.

      I’ve always found mushies to be quite unique and to have a powerful depth of experience that can take people very much by surprise.
      Suddenly your friend has checked out of reality and turned into a crazy person – because they are being totally irrational and they can’t listen to reason – they may not even recognise you for who you are, but think you are an angel or the devil… or a hallucination. They can’t get a context on what is REALLY going on and respond accordingly with whatever delusion they think is occurring. That can be seriously dangerous.
      Sometimes it winds up being simply hilarious, (like my friend who started collecting “friendly eyes” – and woke up with a pocket full of dog shit) Sometimes it is so serious they end up in jail or a nut house.
      I’ve seen experienced ‘heads’ just lose the plot altogether and wind up turning a nice trip into a train wreck.
      Or like one friend who telephoned his Mother to ask her if he was dead. (perhaps that will give you some measure of how detached from reality people can get)
      To be perfectly honest with you – I went kind of wacky for a very long time myself. I blew myself through the roof of the universe and didn’t come back for several months. I had to go see a shrink to try and get a handle on it.
      It was kind of like that movie “Altered States” (which you should watch – and take a moral from)

      You fog the mind, you stir the soul… I can’t find… no control.

      You don’t need drugs to learn, or to see God or to teach you anything… the entire human brain is designed to filter reality to a level you can deal with – these things don’t turn the mind ‘on’ – they simply turn off the filters… and that’s not always a good thing.

    • bid 29th July 2018 at 22:36 #

      oi you i got tha knowledge

    • Juliano 20th August 2018 at 17:42 #

      I would love to go to North Wales in the season and get loads of shrooms. Reply if you are up for it and maybe we could possibly plan some thing?

    • Ade 14th September 2018 at 15:54 #

      Where in N. Wales are you?
      Plenty of liberty caps showing at the moment

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