News from within and outside the area.
8th July 2020 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Melanoleuca verrucipes was seen growing on some woodchip with the rather more common Coprinopsis lagopus.
8th July 2020 - Didsbury, Stockport, G. Manchester - Oodles of Bird's Nest Fungi (Cyathus striatus) were freshly emerged and still had their unkempt caps on.

6th July 2020 - Wright's Wood, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungi whilst bug-hunting, these were:- Mycena acicula; Marasmius rotula (is there a relationship between these two species); Laetiporus sulphureus; Scutellinia trechispora; Psathyrella pseudogracilis; Parasola leiocephala and Kuehneromyces mutabilis.

5th July 2020 - Alkincoats Park, Colne, Lancashire - A walk in the wind, fungi were not playing today but we did pick out:- Crepidotus mollis; Ganoderma australe; Crepidotus cesatii; Melampsora hypericorum and the myxo Fuligo septica.
4th July 2020 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A walk in the miserable rain produced a few fungi:- Caloboletus radicans; Parasola conopilus; Coprinellus disseminatus; Parasola plicatilis; Crepidotus cesatii; Lachnum virgineum; Stereum rugosum; Erysiphe heraclei; Nectria cinnabarina; Byssomerulius corium; Trochila ilicina; Phacidium multivalve; Entomophthora muscae; Ganoderma australe; Stereum hirsutum; Calocera cornea; Bolbitius titubans; Claviceps purpurea; Marasmius rotula; Mycena acicula; Fomitopsis betulinus; Trametes gibbosa; Bkerkandera adusta; Crepidotus mollis; Pluteus cervinus; Stereum subtomentosum; Pleurotus ostreatus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pebdulae and the myxo Fuligo septica.
3rd July 2020 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - A long standing and dwindling woodchip pile gave rise to the rather common Coprinopsis lagopus.
1st July 2020 - Heaton Mersey Meadow, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bit of rain, a bit of microscopy and the head frazzled. I did work out Phloeomana speirea found on a twig and a swathe of Inocybe dulcmara underneath Salix.
28th June 2020 - Hartington Meadows, Derbyshire - A couple of rusts were all that was seen, these being:- Puccinia urticata and Phragmidium sanguisorbae.
21st June 2020 - Ainsdale Sands, Lancashire - Marasmius oreades was now up and looking good.
20th June 2020 - Lindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire - A bug hunt was had but we saw some fresh Hypholoma fasciculare; Xylaria hypoxylon and Kretzschmaria deusta - it is still a case of slowly does it!
19th June 2020 - Hob Hey Wood, Cheshire - Fungi seen today were:- Puccinia veronicae; Stereum gausapatum; Auricularia auricula-judae; ; Puccinia urticata; Stereum hirsutum; Nectria cinnabarina and Phallus impudicus.
14th June 2020 - Flint Castle to Greenfield Docks - A good walk looking at all sorts but only 3 fungi seen, these were:- Microsphaeria alphitoides; Puccinia poarum and Puccinia urticata.
8th June 2020 - Fletcher Moss, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst looking at bugs in a Nettle patch I saw Calyptella capula on the dead stems and Puccinia urticata on the living leaves.
7th June 2020 - Alkrington Woods, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk at a new place for us, whilst looking at all sorts of wildlife we noted a few fungi, these were:- Trametes gibbosa; Hypocrea pulvinata; Trametes versicolor; Fomitopsis betulina; Ganoderma australe; Puccinia pulverulenta; Polyporus squamosus and Bauhinus marginalis.
5th June 2020 - Brookfields Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pleurotus ostreatus; Puccinia poarum; Hypoxylon fragiforme and Stereum hirsutum were the only things seen whilst looking at plant life.
5th June 2020 - Cheadle, Stockport, G. Manchester - Laetiporus sulphureus was seen growing from a somewhat healthy looking Black Locust tree.
27th May 2020 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Agrocybe rivulosa was on woodchip and Puccinia pulverulenta on Willowherb.
20th May 2020 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - Bauhinus marginalis was picked out whilst looking for flies.
17th May 2020 - Carrington Moss, G. Manchester - Only a few fungi were seen whilst looking at bugs, these were:- Seifertia azaleae; Puccinia pulverulenta; Fomitopsis betulina and Annulohypoxylon multiforme.
13th May 2020 - Mirrlees Fields, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early wander looking at bugs, birds and blooms. I did note Vuilleminia comedens; Peniophora quercina and Polyporus squamosus.
9th May 2020 - Stanley Green, Stockport, G. Manchester - Puccinia pulverulenta and Vuilleminia comedens were 2 new fungus for a new site to get on thne fungal map.
8th May 2020 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - Melampsorella symphyti was seen on the leaves of Comfrey.
8th May 2020 - Timperley Storage Basin, G. Manchester - Melampsora epitea was found on the leaves of Spindle - it was a new one for me.
3rd May 2020 - The Carrs, Wilmslow, Cheshire - Urocystis anemones was not to be seen on the leaves on Wood Anemone.
2nd May 2020 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Calocybe gambosa was now in fruit and accompanied by Lyophyllum decastes, Polyporus squamosus and some fresh Auricularia auricula-judae.
29th April 2020 - Ladybrook Cycle Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - A new area to start recording from. Just 3 species were seen to start the list off, these were:- Puccinia punctiformis; Trametes versicolor and Bjerkandera adusta.
28th April 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Monolinia johnsonii was seen on the leaves of Hawthorn.
26th April 2020 - Ladybrook Valley, Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - Microbotryum violaceum was frequent on an early morning pootle.
22nd April 2020 - Poynton Pool, Stockport, Cheshire - 3 rusts were noted whilst birding, these were:- Puccinia tumida; Puccinia aegopodii and Melampsora hypericorum.
17th April 2020 - Chorlton Ees NR, G. Manchester - A few fungi noted were:- Hypoxylon fuscum; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Ganoderma australe; Melampsorella symphyti; Entyloma ficariae; Trametes versicolor and the myxo Enteridium lycoperdon.
15th April 2020 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - Several specimens of Peziza micropus were seen on what was presumed to be an old Willow log.
12th April 2020 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - Some fresh Flammulina velutipes was on show and the Onion Rust (Puccinia allii) was found at the side of the river.
9th April 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Puccinia urticata is now starting to appear on Nettle leaves.

3rd April 2020 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few regular fungi were seen but the best was 2 fine examples of the Velvet Shield (Pluteus umbrosus) it is a real fave of mine.

2nd April 2020 - Heaton Moor Common, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick pootle after work for exercise and sanity. Fungi seen were:- Calloria neglecta; Uromyces hyacinthi; Enteridium lycoperdon; Kretzscmaria deusta; Stereum hirsutum and Melampsora allii-populina.
1st April 2020 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst on the 2-wheeled contraption I hopped off and checked for a few fungi, the outcome was:- Ganoderma australe; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Entyloma ficariae; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trametes gibbosa and Gloeophyllum sepiarium.
30th March 2020 - Ladybrook Valley, Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bike ride, a quick pootle and home - fungi seen were:- Daedaleopsis confragosa; Mensularia radiata; Melampsora allii-populina; Entyloma ficariae; Stereum hirsutum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Kretzchmaria deusta; Exidia nucleata and Trametes versicolor.
20th March 2020 - Lee Valley Country Park (Southern half), Essex - Looking at the birds but fungi noted were:- Puccinia malvacearum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Ganoderma australe; Datronia mollis; Polyporus squamosus plus the ubiquitous myxo Enteridium lycoperdon.
19th March 2020 - Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire - A new place and on a birding wander but of course, a few fungi were seen and recorded, these were:- Rhopographus filicinus; Peniophora quercina; Auricularia auricula-judae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Trichaptum abietinum; Stereum hirsutum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Daldinia concentrica; Trametes versicolor; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Puccinia lapsanae; Fomitopsis betulinus; Heterobasidion annosum; Bjerkandera adusta; Xylaria hypoxylon; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Taphrina betulina plus the myxo Enteridium lycoperdon.
16th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Uromyces ficariae was seen for the first time this year - it keeps the old noggin ticking.
14th March 2020 - Aqualate Mere, Staffordshire - A few fungi were seen whilst watching the birdies. The list was:- Phellinus pomaceus; Schizopora paradoxa; Puccinia lagenophorae; Stereum gausapatum; Kretzschmaria deusta; Uromyces hyacinthi; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trametes versicolor; Exidia glandulosa; Fomes fomentarius and the myxo Enteridium lycoperdon.
14th March 2020 - Doxey Marshes, Staffordshire - The white rotting fungus Phellinus igniarius was doing its bit with a few Willows highly weakened. The only other fungi seen were Stereum hirsutum and Bjerkandera adusta but we were sidetracked by the birds.
2nd March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Uromyces dactylidis is now out as is Melampsora allii-populina - rust-tastic! Gloeophyllum sepiarium was noted on an old fence.
2nd March 2020 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - More work on the nature area, by heck doing it all on my todd is taking ages. Fungi seen were:- Kretzchmaria deusta; Leptosphaeria acuta; Phragmidium bulbosum and Entyloma ficariae.
1st March 2020 - Carrington Moss, G. Manchester - A few fungi were recorded whilst looking for birds, there being:- Taphrina betulina; Fomitopsis betulinus; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Coprinellus micaceus; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Auricularia auricula-judae; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Exidia nucleata; Seifertia azaleae; Nectria cinnabarina; Rhytisma acerinum; Lycoperdon perlatum and Rhopographus filicinus.
23rd February 2020 - Ball Grove NR to Wycoller CP, Colne, Lancashire - Fungi now start to go on the back-burner as I indulge in other areas of natural history - the few species seen today on a birding walk were:- Tubaria furfuracea; Coprinellus micaceus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Hypoxylon petriniae; Daldinia concentrica; Xylaria hypoxylon and Trametes gibbosa.
22nd February 2020 - Goodwood Field, Sale, G. Manchester - A walk arouind a field prior to some Non-League Action - Albugo candida; Exidia plana; Rhytisma acerinum; Sphaeopsis sapinea and Torula herbarum were a few fungi seen.
16th February 2020 - Wythenshawe Park, G. Manchester - A walk to clear the head, the few fungi seen were:- Calvatia gigantea; Stereum hirsutum; Byssomerulius corium; Heterobasidion annosum; Sphaeropsis sapinea; Schizopora paradoxa; Vuilleminia comedens; Exidia glandulosa; Peniophora quercina; Tremella foliacea; Aurucularia auricula-judae; Coprinellus micaceus; Flammulina velutipes; Puccinia lapsanae; Geastrum triplex; Xylaria hypoxylon; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolor; Exidia nucleata; Exidia plana; Dacrymyces stillatus; Chondrostereum purpureum; Ganoderma australe; Melampsora euphorbiae; Xanthoriicola physciae; Anthrinium phaeospermum and Daedaleopsis confragosa.
11th February 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - On a windy day I cycled home and spent a short while beneath some whispering Willows. There was little to see except a tucked away example of Mycena tenerrima and some Ganoderma australe. Nearby was a small Silver Birch stump bore some Trametes versicolor and a cluster of Coprinellus micaceus on the buried roots.
10th February 2020 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bit of work at the local footy ground, a few fungi seen:- Tubaria furfuracea; Xylaria carpophila; Auricularia auricula-judae; Trametes versicolor; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Byssomerulius corium; Coleroa robertiana and Nectria cinnabrina.
2nd February 2020 - Talacre, Flintshire - Whilst doing a spot of birding we noted a few fungi, these were:- Mycena tenerrima; Tulostoma brumale; Puccinia arenariae; Claviceps purpurea; Puccinia smyrnii; Oidium euonymi-japonici; Flammulina velutipes; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Coleosporium tussilaginis and Puccina malvacaerum.
31st January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Polyporus leptocephalus was the last fungus of the month seen and recorded.
30th January 2020 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk, Fomitopsis betulina; Galerina clavata; Arthinium phaeospermum; Polyporus brumalis; Trametes versicolor; Byssomerulius corium; Melampsora euphorbiae; Chondrostereum purpureum and Uromyces hyacinthi were the few fungi seen.
29th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Puccinia veronicae was on the leaves of Wood Speedwell - it is a new one for the year - they all count.
27th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Terana caerula was doing well on a few dead Gorse branches - always a joy to see.
27th January 2020 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A walk with one eye on the fungi, species seen were:- Daldinia concentrica; Exidia glandulosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Albugo candida; Trametes versicolor; Heterobasidion annosum; Calyptella capula; Calloria neglecta; Fomitopsis betulina; Stereum hirsutum; Dacrymyces stillatus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Phloeomana speirea; Datronia mollis; Sarcomyxa serotina; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Hyphodontia sambuci; Vuilleminia comedens; Phoma samararum; Phomopsis pterophila; Lyophyllum decastes; Xylaria hypoxylon; Chondrostereum purpureum; Mycena tenerrima; Trametes gibbosa; Phellinus igniarius; Ganoderma australe; Coprinellus micaceus; Peniophora quercina; Schizopora paradoxa; Nectria cinnabarina; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Stereum subtomentosum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Hypoxylon petriniae; Cudoniella clavus; Postia subcaesia; Leptosphaeria acuta; Torula herbarum; Flammulina velutipes; Mycena amicta; Crepidotus cesatii; Stereum rugosum; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Mollisia ligni; and Crepidotus mollis.
25th January 2020 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A birding wander with only a few fungi noted, the best was Polyporus brumalis, a veritable favourite of mine and a new addition to the annual tally.
19th January 2020 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A walk in the fog, a few fungi seen and recorded:- Trametes gibbosa; Stereum hirsutum; Calloria neglecta; Pleurotus ostreatus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Xylaria hypoxylon; Byssomerulius corium; Exidea nucleata; Stictis stellata; Trametes versicolor; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Fomitopsis betulina; Coprinellus micaceus; Datronia mollis; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Ganoderma australe; Chondrostereum purpureum; Tubaria furfuracea; Nectria cinnabarina; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Bjerkandera adusta; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Cudoniella clavus; Hyphodontia sambuci; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Crepidotus cesatii; Crepidotus luteolus; Phoma samararum; Phomopsis pterophila; Mycena filopes; Crepidotus cesatii; Mycena tenerrima and Crepidotus mollis.
18th January 2020 - Bingley St Ives, W. Yorkshire - It is always nice to visit somewhere new and even though we got a good trot on we managed to ID a few fungi, these being:- Stereum hirsutum; Stereum rameale; Stereum gausapatum; Stereum rugosum; Stereum sanguinolentum; Auricularia-auricula-judae; Exidia nucleata; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trametes versicolor; Rhopographus filicinus; Hypoxylon howeanum; Trichaptum abietinum; Exidia glandulosa; Taphrina betulina; Fomitopsis betulinus; Sphaeropsis sapinea; Fomes fomentarius; Seifertia azaleae; Xylaria carpophila; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Pleurotus ostreatus; Mycema tenerrima; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Trametes gibbosa; Hyphodontia sambuci; Phragmidium violaceum; Ganoderma australe; Leptosphaeria acuta; Lophodermium pinastri; Calcarisporium arbuscula and Dacrymyces stillatus.
12th January 2020 - Philips Park, Bury, G. Manchester - A second walk ofthe day, primarily for the exercise but, as always, we recorded a few fungi, these being:- Panellus stipticus; Merismodes anomola; Psathyrella piluliformis; Dacrymyces stillatus; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Seifertia azaleae; Xylaria carpophila; Trametes versicolor; Tubaria furfuracea; Coprinellus micaceus; Trametes gibbosa; Auricularia auricula-judae; Flammulina velutipes; Exidia nucleata; Stereum gausapatum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Kretzschmaria deusta; Exidia recisa; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Puccina caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Crepidotus variabilis; Stereum rugosum; Cylindrobasidion laeve and Hyphodontia sambucii.
12th January 2020 - Redisher Woods, Bury, G. Manchester - A walk under dishwater skies, the few fungi seen were:- Diplodia ilicicola; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Stropharia semiglobata; Byssomerulius corium; Exidia thuretiana; Dacrymyces stillatus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Peniophora quercina; Claviceps purpurea; Trametes versicolor; Sarcomyxa serotina; Hypholoma fasciculare; Piptoporus betulinus; Exidia glandulosa; Tubaria furfuracea; Exidia nucleata; Stereum hirsutum; Phacidium multivalve; Phragmidium violaceum; Mycena tenerrima and Rhopographus filicinus.
10th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Calyptella capula was seen on an old Nettle stem along with Leptosphaeria acuta and the ubiquitous Bracken Map (Rhopographus filicinus) on, of course, Bracken.
10th January 2020 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Otidea onitica was seen tucked away besides a leaf covered path.
8th January 2020 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Clavulinopsis luteoalba was noted to be still fruiting on a lawn outside work.
7th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Peziza micropus was seen for the first time this year.

7th January 2020 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the dinner break, Geoglossum fallax; Hygrocybe reidii; Coprinellus micaceus; Coniophora puteana; Xylaria carpophila; Chondrostereum purpureum and Melampsora euphorbiae were all noted to be still producing spore-producing bodies.

4th January 2020 - Astbury Mere, Cheshire - A pre-footy walk, we had our main peepers on the birds but recorded a few fungi along the way:- Stereum hirsutum; Mycena tenerrima; Datronia mollis; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trametes gibbosa; Flammulina velutipes; Tubaria furfuracea; Hyphodontia sambuci; Auriscalpium vulgare; Dacrymyces stillatus; Rhytisma acerinum; Sphaeropsis sapinea; Exidia nucleata; Auricularia auricula-judae; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Xylaria hypoxylon; Diatrype stigma; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Trametes versicolor; Crepidotus luteolus; Phragmidium violaceum; Crepidotus cesatii; Diatrype bullata; Hypoxylon fragiforme and Byssomerulius corium.
3rd January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Only a few fungi seen due to being on the bike, these were:- Bjerkandera adusta; Tubaria furfuracea; Crepidotus mollis; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Geastrum triplex; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Phragmocephala atra; Crepidotus cesatii; Crocicreas cyathoideum; Leptosphaeria purpurea and Torula herbarum.
2nd January 2020 - Knott End, Lancashire - A spot of birding and a quick mooch for a few fungal examples. The few species uncovered were:- Xylaria hypoxylon; Clitocybe fragrans; Mycena pura; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Sphaeropsis sapinea; Peniophora incarnata; Byssomerulius corium; Auricularia auricula-judae; Nectria flavoviridis; Gnomonia cerastris; Resupinatus applicatus; Periconia byssoides; Mycena filopes; Dendryphion comosum; Belonidium sulphureum; Tremella mesenterica; Mycena galericulata and Stereum hirsutum.
1st January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungi were seen as I headed to some Non-League Football. Species noted were:- Trametes versicolor; Xylaria hypoxylon; Puccinia caricina-ribesii; Tubaria furfuracea; Flammulina velutipes; Rhytisma acerinum; Daldinia concentrica; Puccinia hieracii; Galerina clavata; Cumminsiella mirabilissima and Stereum hirsutum were the few common species seen to get the new recording year under way.