It’s June and we are nearly half way through 2020. Here is the round dozen of species that have been identified in the park for the first time this year.Continue reading “Half time score”
Wood ear (Auricular auricula-judae) found growing on a branch brought down in one of the copses by Storm Ciara.
This is either yellow brain fungus (Tremella mesenterica) or witches’ butter (Tremella aurantia); even Wikipedia seems confused about it.Continue reading
Our quest to identify some of the many lichens that grow in the park continues with common orange lichen, Xanthoria parietina, also known as yellow scale or maritime sunburst lichen.Continue reading “Common orange lichen”
King Alfred’s cakes
Daldinia concentrica: known as King Alfred’s cakes or coal fungus grows on the park’s trees, in this case on a dead ash tree.Read more
We have been more successful in 2019 at identifying some of the enormous number of fungi that grow in the park. We were able to add five new species to our rather sparse fungi list.
1.Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
2. Xylaria hypoxylon Candle snuff
3.Trametes hirsuta Hairy bracket fungus
4. Fuligo septica Dog’s vomit slime mould
5. Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric
Header picture – one of the many species we have been unable to identify.
Hairy bracket fungus. . .
. . . trametes hirsuta growing on dead oak in the wood between Kestrel Field and Lambrok Meadow.Continue reading
Read on for pictures of a tiny candlesnuff fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon, growing in the rotting wood and moss of the old willow tree (number 5477 ) by the footpath alongside the Lambrok Tributary.Continue reading “Candlesnuff fungus”
. . . . also known, for obvious reasons, as dog vomit slime mould; found in the long grass in Brunts Field.
Good news about ash dieback
In the park, we have lost many of our ash saplings to ash dieback and the disease is spreading rapidly.Continue reading
Slime moulds are extraordinary things; here is a fascinating video of time-lapse photography:
Click here for more of the park’s extraordinary organisms
Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) growing on dead wood in the copse between Sleepers and Sheep Field.Continue reading
We were wrong and we apologise; it isn’t Jack o’ Lantern.Continue reading “Apologies”
Mail from Ian Bushell:Continue reading “Jack o’ Lantern?”
It’s a good year for fungi.
Here are some from last year:
These are densely packed crustose lichens, on the bark of a young birch tree in Sheepfield Copse. Groups of lichen species are often consistently associated together, forming recognisable communities. It is probable this is a community, containing several species of Arthonia, that grows on smooth barked trees.
Auricularia auricula-judae is one of the few fungi that produces fruiting bodies all year round. Winter hardly seems to trouble it and we found these specimens in the strip of wood between Lambrok Meadow and Kestrel Field, in the second week of January with the early sunshine just beginning to melt the frost that had covered them overnight.Continue reading “Wood ear”
The Wildlife Wheel has been there, in the corner of Sheepfield, for almost twenty years. It has aged in those years, changed colour, split and grown a fascinating crop of lichens.
This is fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) found, rather unusually, under a goat willow in the park; birch and pine are its preferred partners.
Simon and Sarah Handley have sent in pictures of some of the many beautiful fungi in the park this month.
This is a picture of a bracket fungus on an oak tree in the park. The mycelium, which is the main part of the fungus, is growing invisibly inside the tree. This beautiful outgrowth is the fruiting body, part of the fungus’s reproductive system.
Inkcaps are a group of fungi with gills that liquefy as they mature and drip an inky black liquid that, in the past, was frequently used to make ink.