Monthly Archives: November 2014

Another “development” opportunity

While cycling along Glaisdale Drive the other day, I noticed a demolished industrial site, now on sale for “development”.  The 2.2 Acre site is starting to green up, with pioneer species getting a foothold……



Similarly to my recent post about an empty site in Forest Fields, seeing this plot made me contemplate more imaginative futures for the land than “development”.  Although the site is nothing special at the moment, it could become a valuable local green space for people and nature, in an area dominated by industrial units and high-density housing…


Fall and rise again….

Here’s an interesting tree, photographed in the woodland at Bramcote Hills Park….


It’s a fallen Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) that is very much alive; enough roots have remained anchored into the soil so that a side branch from the original trunk has been able to grow vertically to form a new trunk.  There’s no reason why this downed tree should not continue to thrive for many years to come.

A woodland walk in Sherwood….

Here’s a report of recent activities from the Wildlife Trust’s Nottingham City group…..

Woodthorpe Meadow

Good to hear this urban nature reserve is getting some TLC!

Shaggy Ink Caps

I recently saw a fine crop of Shaggy Ink Cap mushrooms, growing underneath a street tree in Mapperley…..


The Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus) is a very common mushroom, found growing in a variety of habitats – often forcing their way through pavements, as here.  Its shaggy young fruitbodies soon dissolve into a black, inky substance, which contains spores (and can be used to make ink).


When young it makes excellent eating. I picked the young caps and briefly fried them whole in olive oil and garlic.  Delicious!  They are easy to identify and thus a favourite foraging mushroom.  However, don’t confuse them with the related Common Ink Cap (Coprinopsis atramentaria), which gives unpleasant effects if consumed with alcohol; it has a smooth cap with a different shape when young, so is easy to tell from the shaggy species.