A couple of weekends ago I went on a fungi foray in St Ives Estate at Bingley. It’s good to have an expert, in this case Bob Taylor, to guide and explain. I took a walk around my workshop in Strid Wood and found quite a range of fungi.
For identification it’s good to split between fungi with gills (like mushrooms from the store), fungi without gills (mostly with tubes or pores but also where the spores are in slime). Those that grow on trees, and those that grow on the ground (but the actual plant may be living in association with trees roots, or buried rotting wood). It is also helpful to note what trees are nearby.
Above there’s the purple gill fungus I’ve seen before in Strid and I reckon it must be the amethyst deceiver. The darker bracket is the many zoned polypore. I think the red capped one may be a russula, but there are many!
What I like is the wide variety of colours and forms, look at this beauty:
The blusher, I believe.
The next one is smelt. more frequently than seen as it smells of rotting flesh!
This is the stink horn. On the foray a stink horn ‘egg’ was found which does look like an egg but contains the above wrinkled up and ready to pop and distribute its spores via flies in a dark smelly jelly.
There are masses of these (I think they’re armillaria cepistipes, a member of the honey fungus family) bursting out of the felled beech tree that forms one leg of my lathe, I hope they are not too efficient in disposing of it, or I’ll need a new leg.
Beetles eat away unseen under the bark, apart from the mounds of sawdust they produce.
Well it’s that time of year, and soon it will be time for getting the long johns out of their Summer recess!