Walk report: 04 October 2018 Lucy Hill

Sessile and English Oak leaves (RC)
Bracken Map (RC)

Nineteen members joined Angela at Lucy Hill. After a damp start the weather improved and we set out to work out the difference between Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, both of which grow on Lucy Hill. Quercus robur is the English Oak, with sessile (stalkless) leaves and acorns on long stalks, while Q. petraea has leaves with stalks and sessile acorns. Later our oak workshop included another oak, the Turkey Oak Q serris which has acorns in woolly cups and long leaves with wavy edges.

The long dry spell meant that there were not many fungi but a large
Green Elfcup (RC)
number of False Chanterelle Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca had appeared overnight. These look similar to the real Chanterelle but grow under pine and are not considered edible. Other fungi seen were several species of Russula, Lactarius deterrimus, and Amanita citrina. Stems of bracken revealed Bracken Map Rhapographus filicinus which appears as black marks on the stems. We were delighted to find Green Elfcup Chlorosplenium aeruginescens with fruiting bodies.

Porcelain Fungus (CR)
On Mill Lawn, near the brook, we found Pillwort, a tiny fern with blades like grass but these are actually fronds which unroll in spring like ferns. This is a speciality of the Forest which is able to grow in damp, heavily grazed areas because of lack of competition from other plants. In the stream we found Branched Bur- reed, Water Mint, Common Water Plantain and the native Fringed Water Lily. Birds seen included Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail and Sparrowhawk.
Pillwort (CR)

Photos: copyright Chris Robinson and Richard Coomber