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Fantastic Fungi

Saturday, October 18th 2014

Eighteen people joined us on the reserve this morning for our annual Fungi Foray with local naturalist Keith Thomas. A dry start to the week left us wondering how much fungi would be be seen; the rain at the end of the week, however, had flushed out many of the fruiting bodies we were hoping to see.

The walk took us across the heathland, along Risedale Beck, up into the woodland and finally across the moorland. The woodland was the most spectacular area we visited and was carpeted in thousands of tiny Mycena species.

Identification tips were learnt for some of the more common species, like this Plums and Custard found sheltered by a rotten trunk.

Thank you to Keith who has given up his time to lead this walk for us. It was enjoyed by all who came along and hopefully the tips will be put to good use as we are all out foraging in the future.


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