The weather cleared up this morning, leaving the reserve warm and humid around lunchtime, with plenty of fungi showing – unlike four days before. These Autumn walks are making me much more fungus aware, and I guess how they respond to the weather is just part of what I have to learn. Thanks to the site iSpot, I’ve also learned that to identify fungi, you need to include the underside, showing gills, which requires picking them. Otherwise some experts get a bit irritated. Hence the additional photos recently.
Species (tentatively) identified so far include:
- Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)
- Crystal Brain (Exidia nucleata)
- Clustered Bonnet (Mycena inclinata)
- Common Ink-Cap (Coprinopsis atramentaria)
- Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)
But this last is not from the Oyster mushrooms with which we impregnated a sycamore earlier this year – rather the raised beds being looked after by another volunteer, where they were growing on the timbers used to construct it.