Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland

(managed by the British Mycological Society and hosted by CABI)

Jerry Cooper & Paul Kirk

This site uses an underlying database to contain information on names, synonyms, publications, descriptions, field observations, distribution maps, pictures and keys of British fungi. The database holds the links between all these data-elements making it easier to manage the large amount of data. It also facilitates the cross-indexed access provided by the links below. You must have 'cookies' enabled on your browser to use this site correctly.

What's New (and not so new) - January 2007

  • A new Red List for Fungi is being prepared by the British Mycological Society (BMS), working with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Although some more work is required before it becomes an official Red List, a summary of the preliminary assessment together with threat categories and brief accompanying notes is now available for download here. The new list is compiled by Shelley Evans, Alick Henrici and Bruce Ing on behalf of the BMS and replaces the 1992 provisional RDL from Bruce Ing [Chris Cheffings (JNCC); Shelley Evans (BMS), 29/12/2006]
  • The Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland (FRDBI) has reached a significant milestone: 1 million records. With a certain amount of stage management ;-) record number 1000000 turns out to be Hydnellum caeruleum. We now have a couple of photograph of this spectacular fungus from Mark Gurney taken in the RSPB reserve, Abernethy Forest, Easterness, Scotland: ©Mark Gurney-1Mark Gurney-2
  • The web site and database has moved servers again after new investment by the BMS. The most significant change is that updating of the database is now automatic
  • English Names for British Fungi
  • A page of links to Local Recording Groups has been established - check if yours is present. If it is, a reciprocal link would be appreciated
  • If you are interested in submitting records to the FRDBI please contact Paul Kirk
  • A dataset of some 83,500 records from Yorkshire has now been incorporated - look at the VC stats to see how your county is fairing. Thanks are due to Chris Yeates and Jerry Cooper for making this possible
  • The 9th Edition of Ainsworth & Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi has been published by CABI and the Checklist of British Fungi (GBCHKLST) now incorporates the up-to-date classification adopted therein and is available here for downloading. Additional updated classification information has been added from the Assembling the Fungal Tree of Life project.
  • Up-to-date information on the rust fungi from the recently published Revised Checklist is here included in the checklist with kind permission from Douglas Henderson. The printed version, ideal to take out in the field, is available from the BMS Office (see the official BMS web site for contact details). If you have any new records which add to the distribution given here (not the maps as these are based on records from the FRDBI) I am sure Douglas would appreciate this information which can be forwarded through the FRDBI manager, Paul Kirk
  • Over 2,500 distribution maps of British fungi derived from the FRDBI. Most of the larger fungi described in the popular guides should be included
  • The checklist of British Fungi, which includes synonymy (most synonyms cited in British literature), places of publication, habitat and distribution, continues to be updated. The major contribution to this electronic checklist is from the Checklist of British Basidiomycota, published by RBG Kew. The new synonymy is included in the full British Fungi checklist but the distributional data, literature references and notes on the taxonomy of the species recognized is currently only available through the checklist web site at the link above. The checklist now contains synonymy from the most recent Lichen checklist together with some notes on habitat and distribution; it also contains most data included in the British Ascomycotina Checklist (Cannon et al., 1985)
  • A growing number of photographs (over 300)
  • You can search the Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland (FRDBI) for VC records and for associated organisms to produce a list of names linked to summary collection data
  • Grid references for published (literature based) records are now externally linked to a detailed map of the collection site
  • Simple keys with species-data hot-links, e.g. Phellodon, Peziza

The Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland (FRDBI)

The FRDBI is the new name for the BMSFRD. It is currently available here although some records are not yet fully accessible. However, you may see what species have been recorded and how many records there are for each species. There are also over 2500 distribution maps and some statistical data on the FRDBI.

The Checklist of British Fungi

This database contains information on the status of names of fungi used in the British Isles. An increasing number of names have associated information on place of publication and synonymy and other data. The pages also provide an alternative route for getting to FRDBI, map and picture data.

Pictures and Illustrations

We would like to continue building a comprehensive database of photographs/illustrations of fungi from the British Isles.


We would like to start adding keys to British fungi. Please let Paul Kirk know if you have a key to add.

Index Fungorum and other fungal names databases

The global database of fungal names (indexfungorum), the taxonomic hierarchy from The Dictionary of Fungi, 10th edition (2008), and the Bibliography of Systematic Mycology.


MycoRec is a simple database package designed specifically for recording fungi. It can generate a variety of reports and labels and is capable of importing and exporting data from/to the FRDBI.

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