Do not touch or eat any wild mushrooms

The recent weather has caused many wild mushrooms to grow in our region. If you have found a mushroom growing in Canberra – do not touch or eat it.

The recent weather has caused many wild mushrooms to grow in our region. If you have found a mushroom growing in Canberra – do not touch or eat it.

One of the varieties that grow in the Canberra region is the death cap mushroom. These mushrooms might look like an edible species, but they are highly toxic. They can grow anywhere in our region, at any time.

All parts of a death cap mushroom are poisonous, and cooking does not make them safe. If you think that someone may have eaten a death cap mushroom, go straight to a hospital emergency department or call 000.

If you think you have seen a death cap mushroom in a public area, you can report it to Access Canberra by phone 13 22 81, or on the Fix My Street tool.

There are also other harmful mushrooms that grow in our city. It’s important to never eat wild mushrooms.

At home, you can dispose of wild mushrooms in your household rubbish – always wear gloves and do not put them in your compost. Visit our website for how best to do this, along with more information on death cap mushrooms.

Page last updated on: 19 Jan 2024