Fungal Finds

Friday, September 29th 2017

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan. Today it was the weather – with heavy rain this morning, for the first part of our guided walk with the Richmond Walking and Book Festival – unfortunately this doesn’t make for good blog photos. It was an international group this year, with people visiting from as far away as Spain and Australia!

However, the weather was much better last Saturday when we were visited by the North Eastern Fungus Study Group. They came to enjoy the reserve and record the fungi around at the moment. These are just a few of their finds:

They recorded things easily recognisable as fungi…

…as well as those less obvious, like this willow tar spot fungus:

Willow tar spot fungus occurs on sallow/willow leaves in rural areas and seems less tolerant of atmospheric pollution than its more well-known relative, sycamore tar spot fungus.

There was also an extra a bonus for us, with one of the members, Jill, also identifying some of the galls we have on the reserve. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for when we check our records, as last time Jill did this a few of her findings were species new to the reserve…

Thank you to the NEFSG for helping us find out more about the species we have here at Foxglove!


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