Despite the hot and dry summer, which delayed the start of the fungi season we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty on our October walk led by Malcolm Greaves. A total of 20 species were discovered, mostly thanks to our young participants who were very good at running ahead and scouring the undergrowth – occasionally they even followed the advice to leave the fungus where it was growing so that the surroundings can help with identification… Some fungi species only grow under certain trees or only on woodchip so it is good to see them in situ.
As you’ll see from the list below, three species elluded identification to the species level because some fungi are very difficult to distinguish from their relations. Sometimes microscopes, spore prints or even chemicals have to be employed to correctly identify one of the Mycena or other big fungi family members. This is just one of many reasons why fungi foragers really need to be 100% certain they know what they are picking. As Malcolm says “no mushroom is poisonous – until you put it in the mouth”.
It is also the reason why Malcolm only discovered that he’d found a rare fungus on his short reccy walk before the event. Apparently, Coltricia confluens has only been found about 10 times in the UK before and never in Yorkshire. We’ll probably never know how it got to St Nicks but we’ll definitely be looking out for it next year.
You’ll find more and better pictures of the fungi found at the event on Green Underwing Wildlife Education Facebook page.
Species list found on the Foray
Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda)