Fungi Walk

Sunday, October 24th 2021

In October many fungi started to appear on the reserve, after a very slow beginning to the fungi season, due to the weather conditions The species team recorded over 50 species on their walks around the reserve.

On Friday, Chris led some visitors on a walk to learn about and identify some of the fungi 'on show'.

Amanitas,  Puffballs, Roundheads, Brittle Gills, Fibre Caps, Bonnets, Boletes, Ink Caps, Maze Gills, and Brackets were all found.  

Individual species included Sulphur Tuft, which is often found in dense clusters on the stumps of coniferous and deciduous trees.

Blue Roundhead has a very viscid (sticky) blue/green mottled with yellow cap when fresh.  When it is older its colours fade to a pale yellow.

 Fly Agaric is a brightly coloured fungus that stands out in the undergrowth.  It is poisonous.  The white warts may be washed off by the rain and cap can then be smooth. 

Conifer Mazegill grows on dead conifer wood.

Thanks to Chris for leading the walk and to Andrew and Chris for providing the photographs.


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