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Winter Fungi

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

Autumn is the season that you associate with fungi.  However as you walk around the reserve at the minute, you can see many different species, all shapes, sizes and colours growing in a variety of habitats.

This fungus below was photographed on a very old, moss covered log pile.  If you look closely you can see the capsules of the moss which will release spores when the conditions are right.

Fungus and moss

Fungi are one of Nature's recyclers.  They are either parasitic, living off another living organism or saprophytic, living on dead organic material.  The nutrients they release are then available for other organisms to use.  This beautiful fungus fruiting body, was one of several different species growing on a dead tree.

Fungi on dead tree

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