St. Thomas' Christmas Tree Festival 02 - 06 December 2022

Lym Nats, along with other local organisations and businesses, have a Christmas tree in the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Thomas' Church, Lymington this December. Our regular monthly indoor meetings from Autumn to Spring are held in the Church hall. Thanks to the creative efforts of a team the Society's members it is an amazing tree ingeniously decorated with natural baubles.

Our tree #33 

The decorations close-up 

The trees are on display until 6th December.

Photos © Richard Coomber 

Walk report: 28 November 2022 Keyhaven Marshes with Chris Robinson

 It didn’t bode well! We sheltered in our cars as rain pelted down just before we were due to start off, but RS has a really clever App on his phone that makes the rain stop (actually a Radar tracker). The sun came out (sort of) and it then didn’t rain again for the whole walk.

From the car park, ten minutes late leaving, we had brief distant views of Marsh Harriers. From the sea wall we saw that there were a lot of Curlew, presumably they had just come in, but even so pairs were ‘pairing’ as though it was Spring. One pair neatly posed to show off that the female has a longer bill than the male (see below). A Raven was spotted sitting on a fence post and out to sea, on a small spit of land were some Eiders and a couple of Avocets.

Curlew - male and female © Chris Robinson

Raven © Richard Smith

On Keyhaven Lagoon there were all the usual winter ducks, and some behaviour I hadn’t seen before as Shovelers were diving to feed. I really didn’t know that they did that, I assumed at first that they were cleaning themselves but some were coming up with ‘food’ in their beaks. You live and learn!

Shoveler - drake © Richard Smith

Pintail © Chris Robinson

 On Fishtail, with very a high water level, there were Tufted Ducks as well as a solitary Snipe but only two Black-tailed Godwits amongst a flock of about 20 Oystercatchers. On the seaward side, with the tide coming in, there were plenty of Dunlin, Pintails and Brent geese.

There were quite a few LBJs, both Rock and Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, Linnets, Reed Buntings and we were serenaded by a Cetti’s warbler.

Rock Pipit © Chris Robinson

Reed Bunting © Chris Robinson

Walk report: 17 November 2022 Wilverley with Julia and Andrea

We parked in sunshine overlooking Wilverley Plain, and Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Starling and Magpie were seen on the lawn before we entered the enclosure at the north-western end of the car park by the “Wilverley Wander” signpost.

Pied Wagtail -  female © Chris Robinson

Proceeding ahead on the main path, we soon diverted right to examine fungi: Yellow Stagshorn, Hairy Curtain Crust andMyceana sp. were seen on fallen branches, Birch Polypore on a nearby tree and Small Stagshorn and Purple Jellydisc on a rotting stump. A Larch tree was distorted by a huge ball of vegetation high in the canopy, thought to be caused by a fungal infection. A log to the left of the main track nurtured further fungi including: Candlesnuff Fungus, Turkeytail and King Alfred’s Cakes.

Distorted Larch © Julia Race


We turned right by a green metal enclosure sign, then almost immediately left on a path heading into the woods past carpets of moss and Porcelain Fungi. Fallen twigs were rich in well-developed lichen including Usnea sp., Parmotrema sp. and Cladonia sp. Mycelium of a white rot fungus was examined on a fallen tree, while Song Thrush and Wren were seen in the trees.


Ferns seen included Male and Hard Ferns, then we studied Wood Sorrel and more Yellow Staghorn, before bearing left for a short distance on the main track, then taking the next right turn to leave the enclosure through a gate into the sunshine. Walking ahead, then bearing right onto a path we passed Cross-leaved Heath in flower before walking under the Burley Road bridge.

Male Fern © Julia Race

Wellingtons were advised for this section down to the Avon Water, as a stream was overflowing across the firm gravel path. Walking past a reed bed, Bog Myrtle, Water Mint, Marsh St. John’s Wort and Bog Bean were growing. We paused by the Avon Water to enjoy the peaceful, sunny scene, before retracing our steps back to the enclosure, stopping for refreshments in the sun on the way. A Coral Brittlegill was seen on the lawn just outside the enclosure.


  Avon Water - ford © Julia Race   

The refreshment stop just outside Wilverley © Julia Race

Re-tracing our steps through the gate, up the gravel track, and turning right at the first junction, we climbed steadily on a wide sunny gravel track, with Blackberries in fruit, where a Red Admiral, a Green Woodpecker and a Wren were seen. The route was lined with ferns including Hard Shield Fern. Hairy Curtain Crust and Honey Fungus clumps were seen on fallen trees.

The Sickener Russula emetica © Julia Race

We turned left on the gravel track, observing resin seeping from the bark of several trees, leaving white stains down the trunks. A Splitgill was studied on a fallen tree. At the green metal enclosure sign, we turned right to re-trace our steps back to the car park past figwort plants: On route we studied a large group of Common Inkcaps at different stages of growth and decay. Goldcrest, Blue and Coal Tits and Robin were spotted and a Nuthatch heard. J & A 


Common Inkcap © Chris Robinson

We turned left on the gravel track, observing resin seeping from the bark of several trees, leaving white stains down the trunks. A Splitgill was studied on a fallen tree. At the green metal enclosure sign, we turned right to re-trace our steps back to the car park past figwort plant


Our route

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This week's talk is by Zoom: 22 November 2022: Wild Woodbury with Rob Farrington

Tuesday 22 November 2022 at 7.15pm, via Zoom (Members only by invitation)

Speaker: Rob Farrington


Title: Wild Woodbury


On the topic of re-wilding, Rob will explain why it can be an incredibly useful tool in tackling climate and ecological catastrophe and also look at the plans and observations on the Wild Woodbury project in Dorset.


The talk will last for approximately 60 minutes, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.


Please try your Zoom connection prior to the evening and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need some support.


From 7 pm there is a 15 minute slideshow with a commentary by Richard Coomber on a selection from our Facebook pages.

With probably more photographs being take than ever before our Facebook group gives members the chance to share their observations and images with other members and perhaps to get photos of unknown species identified by others. We would more like members to join and participate for it is only seen by those in the group and not by the rest of the World!


This wee'ks walk: 17th November 2022 Wilverley with Julia Race & Andrea Janssens

This week's General Interest will set off at 10.00 from the main car par at Wilverley. Following their recce, Julia and Andrea recommend Wellington Boots recent heavy rains. They said:

"We found that one part of the walk has a drainage ditch alongside it, and today water had strayed onto the firm gravel path in a few places. We recommend people wear wellington boots if they want to enjoy this section of the walk. If people don’t have wellington boots then they can pause at the start of the path and wait for us to return (this section of the walk is a short there and back route)."

Grid ref:          SU254009

What3Words:  swelling.foggy.palms

Walk report: 03 November 2022 Fungus foray at Busketts Lawn with Robert and Glynis Payne

Green Elfcup© Glynis Payne

Following a night and morning of heavy rain, our group of intrepid fungi foragers were rewarded with a great range of fungi in the woods from the Hedgehog with tooth like spines where you would expect to see gills to the turquoise cups of Green Elfcup, the fascinating maze-like pattern of pores in the Oak Mazegill and the little purple jewel of Amethyst Deceiver. Full list below. The final reward was to be greeted with sunshine as we emerged from the wood. R&GP


Agaricus langei 

Scaly Wood Mushroom

Amanita citrina 

False Deathcap

Amanita muscaria 

Fly Agaric

Amanita rubescens 


Armillaria mellea

Honey Fungus

Ascocoryne sarcoides 

Purple Jellydisc

Cantharellus cibarius 


Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Green Elfcup

Clavulina coralloides 

Crested Coral

Clavulinopsis fusiformis 

Golden Spindles

Collybia butyracea

Butter Cap

Coprinellus micaceus 

Glistening Inkcap

Daedalea quercina 

Oak Mazegill

Datronia mollis 

Common Mazegill

Exidea nucleata 

Crystal Brain

Exidia glandulosa

Witches Butter

Fomes fomentarius 

Hoof Fungus

Ganoderma australe 

Southern Bracket

Gymnopilus penetrans 

Common Rustgill

Helvella crispa 

White Saddle

Helvella lacunosa 

Elfin Saddle

Hydnum repandum

Wood Hedgehog

Hypholoma fasciculare 

Sulphur Tuft

Hypoxilon fragiforme 

Beech Woodwart

Laccaria amethystina 

Amethyst Deceiver

Lactarius quietus 

Oakbug Milkcap

Lactarius subdulcis 

Mild Milkcap

Leccinum aurantiacum

Orange Oak Bolete

Leccinum scabrum

Brown Birch Bolete

Lycoperdon utriforme

Common Puffball

Mycena pura 

Lilac Bonnet

Neobulgaria pura 

Beech Jellydisc

Oudemansiella mucida 

Porcelain Fungus

Piptoporus betulinus 

Birch Polypore

Ramaria abietina

Ramaria abietina

Ramaria stricta 

Upright Coral

Russula fragilis 

Fragile Brittlegill

Russula nobilis 

Beechwood Sickener

Russula velenovskyi 

Coral Brittlegill

Stereum hirsutum 

Hairy Curtain Crust

Trametes versicolor 


Xylaria hypoxylon 

Candlesnuff Fungus

Xylaria longipes 

Dead Moll’s Fingers

The Blusher © Richard Coomber

Crystal Brain © Glynis Payne

Upright Coral © Richard Smith

Crested Coral © Richard Coomber

Oak Mazegill © Richard Smith