Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Dyrham Park Autumn Nature Day, Sunday 25th October, 2015

Following a wet, cloudy, Saturday, the weather for our 2015 Autumn Nature Day at Dyrham Park, simply could not have been better: brilliant sunshine and light breeze after a chilly start. So it was with some optimism that Marion and I arrived amidst wonderful autumn colours to set out our display of fungi, bryophytes, lichens, galls, ferns and fossils – plus a collection of skulls provided by the National Trust – at the Old Lodge. And, as perhaps hundreds of visitors, from very young to quite a lot older, gathered around the display tables, we were made increasingly aware that we had indeed created ‘quite a buzz’ of interest and excitement, especially amongst children. The two circular walks I led out into the parkland and back along the newly opened terrace path, with its avenue of hornbeam trees, also provided plenty of interest of a fungal kind, even though actual specimens were a bit few Pluteus cervinus) I have ever seen around a much decayed tree stump, two pretty  groups of ‘Pleated Ink Caps’ (Parasola leiocephala) at different stages of development, and a ghostly outburst of ‘Veiled Oyster’ (Pleurotus dryinus) from a beech tree trunk.  Our only mild disappointment was that only five current Bath Nats members were present to enjoy the day with us.
Deer Shield
and far between after the dry autumn. Amongst the most notable finds this year were a group of some of the largest ‘Deer Shields’ (

Pleated Inkcap

Oyster Fungus

Alan Rayner

Thank for Photographs of displays of specimens by Marion Rayner

Photographs of Deer Shields, Pleated Ink Caps and Veiled Oyster by John Garrett. 

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