Matt Rooney is available as a consultant in the following:
Ecological surveys: Survey your land to find out about its botanical, fungi and insect species, their numbers, variety and soil health. For example: botanical surveying is useful to farmers who want to know about pasture grasses to recondition their soil and improve the health of meadows for animal fodder or for set-aside programs. Parkland managers looking to increase the biodiversity of grasslands for wildlife or leisure. Forestry owners wanting to generate traditional forests, improve commercial woodlands, or manage plantation forests in a more sustainable manner.
Mycoremediation: Consultation on a wide range of land types and waterways where owners want to reclaim and restore damaged environments using fungi-based techniques. For example: Fungi management in previous clear-cut, mono-species plantations helps to improve the soil health of woodlands and speeds up sapling growth. Mycoremediation of land degraded by mining, quarrying and other soil-disturbance practices will help to regenerate topsoil after industrial activities have ceased. Brownfield industrial sites polluted with contaminants can be regenerated through mycoremediation. Environmental accidents such as oil spillage can be mitigated through the use of fungi.
Mushroom farming: Teaching the practical skills and logistics of setting up and running a mushroom enterprise. New businesses benefit from personal knowledge of the pitfalls, as well as tips and markets, that come from real experience gained over 25 years.
Mushroom rewilding: Surveys of forests, woodland and pastures with advice on how to manage existing fungi and introduce new species that will benefit the environment or provide a useful cash crop of edible or medicinal mushrooms.
We are flexible according to client needs and consultation can range from simple species lists to detailed ecological surveys, reports, assessments and action plans.