Monday, 28 October 2013

Fungus Foray in Friary Woods, 26th October 2013

The arrival, on a cloudy and breezy but mostly dry Saturday afternoon of 30 people and 18 cars at the entrance off the busy A46 was a pleasing but rather daunting prospect for me to coordinate! Once I and we had sorted ourselves out, however, we were pleased to find that Friary Woods lived up to my previous experience of it as a local haven for fungal biodiversity. Especially productive were the deep leaf litter accumulations underneath mature beech trees. Amongst the wide variety of different species found were Panther Cap (Amanita pantherina),  Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacunosa), Collared Earth Star (Geastrum triplex), Magpie Ink-cap (Coprinopsis picacea), Crested Coral (Clavulina coralloides), several Brittlegills (Russula spp.) and  Milkcaps (Lactarius spp.), two species of Yellow Stainer mushrooms (Agaricus xanthodermus and A. placomyces) and the Tawny Dapperling (Lepiota ventriosospora).
Alan Rayner

Earth Star Fungi                                                                 Black Helvella

Candle Snuff Fungi                                                              Lycoperdon spp.

Stigmella tityrella - Leaf mining micro moth larva on Beech

Thanks to Paul Wilkins for the top quality photos.

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