Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Mendip Fungi Foray- 25/10/14
Our walk started at Burrington Coombe and took us up the steep Link Lane to the bottom level of the heights of Blackdown. A few more fungi species are appearing now in the woodland edges of Link Lane, must be due to all the recent rain and mild weather!
Blackdown looks amazing with its copper tones of leaves and Bracken but our path was leading us on towards the grassland of Dolebury Warren.
The total walk was only 5 miles across upland and through woods. A walk of great Autumn colours and views and a fantastic amount of different fungi species of all shapes, sizes and colours.
The surprise of the day was the discovery of a great 'gathering' of Fly Agaric, the sight was pure magic and believe it or not made me a bit emotional because of the beauty, colour and perfection of what we saw. This has to be one of the best walks for fungi and we will return!
Mycena? With pin mould. One fungus attacking another ( thanks to Steve Balcome for info)
Deep in the woods
Tiny fungi in the grass on the warren
Parasol - banquet for some!
So delicate - a work of art
Looks good enough to eat!!!
Tiny 'hats' within the grass
Parasol - there were plenty across the warren, a massive size as well quite spectacular
Macrolepiota excoriata- a smoother cousin of the Parasol
Meadow Puffball - plenty of these in the grassland
Unknown fungi - almost sculpted growing into the grass
Tiny puffball? In the moss
Puffball type this time in the woods
Tiny and delicate in the grass
Fallen Parasol - bit of a breeze this morning!
Crimson Waxcap - only a few found in the grassland, but what colours!
Crimson Waxcap and friend
Life in the woods
Pushing through the leaves
Autumn woodland scene - golden leaves and huge Bracket fungus on a large old Beech
Colour in the moss
Deep in the conifers!
Fly Agaric - a young one