Tag Archives: Fungi

Stump-eating Fungi

I saw some interesting fungi on the stump of a dead street tree in Carrington the other day…..

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The stump – my guess is it was a Plane or Maple – is now an impressive fungal habitat, not so often seen by a main road.  Fruiting bodies of two different species of fungus were evident…..

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My best guess for this one is the Blueing Bracket, Postia subcaesia.

As to the other, less-abundant fruiting bodies….they look to me like Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), which are excellent eating.  Unfortunately I wasn’t sure enough to try them.

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It’s unusual to see such fungal abundance in such a setting.  Is anyone able to offer an opinion on the identity of these species?

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Collared Earthstar at Attenborough

The Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex) is a beautiful fungus…..

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It’s recently appeared at Attenborough Nature Reserve, as announced on their facebook page – exciting news.

Dead Chestnut at Bramcote Hills Park

I’ve applauded the managers of Bramcote Hills Park in the past for their positive attitude towards retaining deadwood as a habitat.  I spotted another example on a recent visit….

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This Sweet Chestnut trunk (identifiable as such by the distinctive spirals) has been retained as a feature, and will be add biodiversity value to the park – note the small white fungi colonising the spiral grooves, for instance.  Every park should have features like this!

Shaggy Ink Caps

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

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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).

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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.

Foraging for Fungi in Bestwood Country Park

Today I went foraging for fungi at Bestwood Country Park.  The recent wet and mild weather has been good for fruiting fungi, and we found a good variety of species.  Here are a few….

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The expedition was led by Jesper Launder, a medical herbalist and expert wild food forager, and ended with a feast of all the edible species that we found……

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The Foraged Book Project

The Foraged Book Project is an interesting collaboration which aims to produce a unique foraging guide, itself entirely made from foraged materials.

As part of this project, there will be a number of events held at the Primary studios, just off Alfreton Road, in October :

 

Saturday 12th October 10am-4pm:
Paper Making – £10

Tuesday 15th October 6-8pm:
Organic Ink Making – £5

Wednesday 16th October 6-8pm:
Organic Paint Making – £5

In addition, there will be a Fungi Walk in Bestwood Country Park on Sunday 20th October.

Dryad’s Saddle in Wollaton Park

In rainy Wollaton Park today, I found a fallen Beech with an impressive collection of the fungal fruitbodies known as Dryad’s Saddle :

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This is one of the largest of the polypore fungi, with some of these examples almost half a metre across.  It’s named after the Dryads (tree spirits) of Greek mythology, and is a characteristic fungi of late spring/early summer.  It’s also edible, although these were a bit too old and tough to be worth tasting….

Fungi in Bestwood Country Park

A walk in the woods at Bestwood Country Park felt more like March than the beginning of January, with unseasonably mild temperatures, birdsong, and a flush of deadwood fungi – unusually abundant for the time of year…..

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