16 November 2017 Exbury Fungus Walk

Lym Nats at Exbury © Juliet Bloss 

Scarlet Caterpillarclub
Developing Piggyback Rosegill

On a fine late autumnal morning 23 members turned up at Exbury for a fungi walk in the grounds of the estate. Linda Runnacles, a staff member, and Juliet Bloss, the volunteer naturalist, were our escorts leading us around wooded areas, herbaceous borders, lawns and shrubberies. Although the fungi season was perhaps a little early this autumn, we still found and were shown a great variety of species, some of which are listed below. Linda and Duncan with their books along with Angela, Carol and Maureen  were keen to identify as many species as they could for the benefit of those of us who were less knowledgeable. Whilst fungi live off hosts, two species stood out as being of special interest. Scarlet Caterpillarclub lives on the buried pupa of butterflies and moths, whist Piggyback Rosegill is found on decaying toadstools such as Clouded Funnel.

Stump Puffball
We were looking downwards for much of the time so all credit goes to Chris who spotted a couple of Hawfinches when they paused briefly in a leafless tree before flying out of sight.

Our thanks to Linda and Juliet for making the walk such a successful insight into the world of fungi – thank you ladies!

Parrot Waxcap
Amongst the species noted were: Calvatia gigantea Giant Puffball, Clavaria fragilis White Spindles, Clavaria fumosa Smoky Spindles, Clavulinopsis corniculata  Meadow Coral, Clavulinopsis helvola Yellow Club, Clitocybe geotropa Trooping Funnel, Coprinopsis atramentaria Common Inkcap, Cordyceps militaris Scarlet Caterpillarclub, Helvella crispa White Saddle, Helvella lacunosa Elfin Saddle, Hygrocybe coccinea Scarlet Waxcap, Hygrocybe psittacina Parrot Waxcap, Hygrocybe punicea Crimson Waxcap, Hygrocybe russocoriacea Cedarwood Waxcap, Hygrocybe virginea Snowy Waxcap, Lepista nuda Wood Blewit, Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball, Peziza badia Bay Cup, Scleroderma citrinum Collared Earthstar, Tricholoma sulphureum Sulphur Knight, Volvariella surrecta Piggyback Rosegill and possibly Trichoglossum hirsutum Hairy Earthtongue. RC

Juliet points out another interesting species
  Other photos © Richard Coomber