Saturday, 14 November 2015

Meeting in Midger Wood, 7th November 2015

Wood Stereum subtomentosum 

A very wet and windy morning gave way to a drier, calmer afternoon just in time for the start of our meeting in this beautiful ancient woodland, but perhaps not in time to encourage any Bath Nats members to join me and Marion as we started out from the Quarry car park at around 1.40 pm. Instead we were joined by an enthusiastic family of five yet-to-be members and a local bryologist friend as we ventured into an enchanting world of freshly fallen leaves, luxuriant bryophytes, intriguing fungi and an active hornet’s nest that we stood not too close to as we watched arriving and departing flights of these magnificent insects. Amongst the bryophytes we appreciated was a particularly fine growth of Greater Featherwort (Plagiochila asplenioides) on a bank quite close to the entrance to the wood. Amongst the more notable fungi were White Saddle (Helvella crispa),
Collared Earth Star (Geastrum triplex)

Collared Earth Star (Geastrum triplex), Crested Coral (Clavulina coralloides), Inky Mushroom (Agaricus moelleri), Oak Bracket (Inonotus dryadeus), Poplar Bracket (Oxyporus populinus), Yellowing Curtain Crust (Stereum subtomentosum), Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) and Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens).

Thanks to Marion for the photos.

Inky Mushroom

Green Elf Cup    

Thanks to Alan Rayner

Friday, 13 November 2015

Next Trip Sunday 15th November: BATH SKYLINE, Claverton Down


Meet: 10.00 am, The Avenue, outside Bath Cats & Dogs Home. GR ST 776642 Landranger 172/Explorer 155. No. 18 (University) Bus.
Finish: 13.00
Focus: Winter birds and other wildlife.
Description: Slow walk of about 2 miles around part of Bath Skyline. Fairly level, but ground rough and potentially muddy, so please wear walking boots or wellies.

Friday, 6 November 2015


Bees An illustrated talk by Anna Aragon

 7.30pm Monday 16th November

Conygre Hall, Timsbury

Visitors welcome £3.00

Refreshments and raffle

For further information please ring Martin Hunt [Secretary] on 01761 433234