Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn and Fungi!

Autumn has announced it's arrival this week with a bonanza of fungi on our reserves across the county. Warm weather with spells of rain were perfect to instigate a wealth of species, great timing for our fungi foray at Knettishall Heath on Sunday 6th October.

The morning was kicked off with our Junior Rangers hunting for different species on the reserve along with other signs of Autumn. We then had great fun making autumn decorations and Halloween creatures for the trail on the 31st.

The Junior Rangers Autumn boggarts!


From 2pm Jonathan Revett, an expert in fungi identification, lead a large group of enthusiastic visitors around the site. We covered various habitats including the acid heath, grassland and the yellow woodland trail. It has been the best year for fungi at Knettishall for many years, along with some species that haven't been recorded on the site before! The list below shows the full 68 species found:

Agaricus silvaticus Blushing Wood Mushroom
Amanita citrina var. citrina False Deathcap
Amanita muscaria var. muscaria Fly Agaric (pictured below left)
Amanita rubescens Blusher
Auricularia auricula-judae Jelly Ear
Baeospora myosura Conifer Conecap
Boletus badius Bay Boletus
Boletus edulis Cep
Boletus luridiformis Scarletina Bolete
Chroogomphus rutilus Pine Spike Cap
Clavulinopsis fusiformis Golden Spindles
Clitocybe candicans Funnel Cap
Clitocybe clavipes Club Foot
Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric
Clitocybe odora Aniseed Funnel Cap
Collybia dryophila Russet Toughshank
Collybia maculata Spotted Toughshank
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Inkcap
Cyathus striatus Fluted Bird's Nest
Cystoderma amianthinum Saffron Powder Cap
Daedaleopsis confragosa Blushing Bracket
Entoloma serrulatum Rose Gill
Ganoderma applanatum Artists Fungus
Gymnoplius penetrans Flame Cap
Hebeloma crustulinifome Poison Pie
Helvella lacunosa Black Saddle
Hygrocybe psittacina Parrot Waxcap
Hygrocybe reae Waxcap
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca False Chanterelle
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
Hypoxylon fragiforme Beech Woodwart
Hyrocybe ceracea Waxcap
Laccaria amethystina Amethyst Deceiver
Lactarius blennius Slimy Milkcap
Lactarius quietus Oakbug Milkcap
Lactarius rufus Rufous Milkcap
Lactarius turpis Ugly Milkcap
Leccinum scabrum Brown Birch Bolete
Leucocoprinus brebissonii Skullcap Dapperling
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball
Macrolepiota procera Parasol Mushroom
Macrolepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol
Meripilus giganteus Giant Polypore
Mycena galericulata Angels Bonnets
Mycena pelianthina
Mycena pura Radish Bonnet
Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Mushroom
Paxillus involutus Brown Rollrim
Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn
Pholiota aurivella Golden Scaly Cap
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore / Razorstrop Fungus
Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom
Pluteus cervinus Deer Shield
Rhytisma acerinum Sycamore Tarspot
Russula amoenolens
Russula fragilis
Russula heterophylla
Russula nobils Beechwood Sickener
Russula ochroleuca Yellow Brittlegill
Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball
Stropharia aeruginascens Blue Green Slimehead
Stropharia semiglobata Dung roundhead
Suillus granulatus Dotted Stalk Bolete
Suillus luteus Slippery Jack
Taphrinia betularum Witches Broom
Xerocomus chrysenteron Red Cracking Boletus
Xerocomus porosporus Yellow Cracking Boletus
Xerula radicata Rooting Shank

Fly Agaric

The photo above shows a Parasol serving as a basket for other species including the Amethyst Deceiver

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