|Giant Funnel © Glynis Payne|
A group of 20 members set off from Furzey garden car park on a sunny morning after torrential rain overnight. The woodland walk was full of fungi, which were a challenge to identify without our usual fungi experts. However Trooping Funnel, puffballs and King Alfred’s Cakes were easily identifiable. Walking on members heard a number of Jays and saw Wood Pigeons, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard and a Goldcrest. Butchers Broom was also noted.
|Minstead Church © Glynis Payne|
Leaving the woodland paths we walked along the lanes and saw Chaffinches, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blackbird and numerous House Sparrows. There was a very active wasps’ nest in the eaves of a thatched house. As the day heated up a couple of Red Admiral butterflies were evident, perhaps finding nectar on Ivy now in flower, and we found Herb Robert in bloom.
|King Alfred's Cakes © Mary Mawdsley|
We had our biscuit break in the churchyard at Minstead, noting a 800 year old Yew tree, Conan Doyle’s grave - with pipe, and some other interesting features.
|Candle Snuff © Mary Mawdsley|
We meandered our way back to the car park, seeing Candle Snuff Fungus en route.
Several members went into the gardens to see the fairy letterbox, small post office, and plants. MM