I saw some interesting fungi on the stump of a dead street tree in Carrington the other day…..
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…..
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.
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?
The Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex) is a beautiful fungus…..
It’s recently appeared at Attenborough Nature Reserve, as announced on their facebook page – exciting news.
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….
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!
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.
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….
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……
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.
In rainy Wollaton Park today, I found a fallen Beech with an impressive collection of the fungal fruitbodies known as Dryad’s Saddle :
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….
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…..