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Snowy Inkcap - Coprinopsis nivea
Shaggy Inkcap - Coprinus comatus
Shaggy Inkcaps are also sometimes referred to as Lawyer’s Wig. Although the gills are white to start with they mature black and deliquesce: they turn to a black liquid that can be used as ink. All inkcaps have this ability, but Shaggy inkcaps are the best source of ink if you are considering some art work!
Pleated Inkcap - Coprinus plicatilis
This is now known as Parasola plicatilis, but was recorded as Coprinis plicatilis in 2001.
Scarlet Caterpillar Club - Cordyceps militaris
Pelargonium Webcap - Cortinarius Flexipes
Birch Webcap - Cortinarius triumphans
Flat Oysterling - Crepidotus applanatus
Peeling Oysterling - Crepidotus mollis
Variable Oysterling - Crepidotus variabilis
This tiny white kidney-shaped fungus often grows on the twigs of woven dead-hedging around the reserve . Young variable oysterlings have white gills but they very quickly change to a pink-beige colour.
Common Bird's Nest Fungus - Crucibulum laeve
This minute fungus only grows to 1cm tall. At first the cup is covered in a buff/yellow membrane, but when this disappears you can see the peridioles, which look like eggs in a nest. Raindrops are enough to shoot the ripe fruits out of the ‘nest.’
A common resupinate pinkish/beige fungus found on a decorticate stump not far from the Lake Hide. Decorticate means that the bark had come off the stump.
Common Jelly Spot - Dacrymyces stillatus
This jelly fungus can be found all year after wet weather on wet timber of buildings or posts as well as on decaying timber of both coniferous and deciduous trees.
Blushing Bracket - Daedaleopsis confragosa
This common bracket fungus grows either singly or in tiers of dead wood of deciduous trees, especially willows. Its white pores might bruise or ‘blush’ if pressed.
King Alfred’s Cakes or Cramp Balls - Daldinia concentrica
This is found on the dead wood of Ash trees. The black, rounded balls are leathery when young and brittle when old.
If you use your imagination these fungi look like burnt cakes or buns, and thus reminded people of the folk tale of King Alfred burning some buns of a peasant woman who was sheltering him, as he was trying to escape the Vikings.