A Fungi Walk

Monday, October 16th 2017

Wetherby U3A was taken on a guided walk, by Chris, looking for fungi.  Fly Agarics were showing off their beautiful red colour.  The moor edge is a mixture of moor and conifer as they abut onto each other, so we get a mixture of fungi favouring conifer wood conditions and moor edge conditions, which makes life interesting.

When the fruiting body of Fly Agaric first begins to develop it is a small, almost totally white ball.  When we first spotted these in abundance we were excited that it was a new species, but over the next few days were just as pleased to see them develop into one of our favourite fungi.

A developing Fly Agaric

The group were amazed at the number all growing in the same place.  Fly Agarics usually prefer the conifer woodland areas in which to grow.  However this bit of moor is influenced by the conifers.

Group from the U3A

 You can just see the edges of the yellow skirt.

Fly Agaric

Thanks to Chris who led the walk.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and they plan to return next year to look for flowers.


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