News from within and outside the area.
11th April 2021 - Cromford Canal, Cromford, Derbyshire - Uromyces dactylidis was seen and added to the annual fungi tally.
9th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Melampsora allii-populina is back on Ramsons leaves - it may be ready to rum wild,

8th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk home, Puccinia aegopodii and Cumminsiella mirabilissima were 2 new fungi for the annual list.

31st March 2021 - The Heatons Centre, Stockport, G. Manchester - Puccinia lapsanae; Puccinia distincta and Seifertia azalea were 3 fungi seen in the works garden.
30th March 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Reticularia lycoperdon was seen on an old tree stump.
29th March 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - Coprinellus micaceus and Coprinellus disseminatus were both seen growing from buried wood.

28th March 2021 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A 2 hour walk, taking in the scenery and stretching the legs. A few fungi were recorded, these being:- Lachnum virgineum; Botryobasidium aureum; Hypomyces rosellus; Xanthoriicola physciae; Lachnella alboviolascens; Pleurotus ostreatus; Kretzschmaria deusta; Peziza micropus; Coprinellus disseminatus; Dacrymyces stillatus and Seifertia azalea.

We also saw the myxomycete Reticularia lycoperdon and after a week of looking at a twing Helminthosporium velutinum was nailed.

23rd March 2021 - Nob End, Bolton, G. Manchester - Red and orange examples of Sarcoscypha austriaca were noted along with Flammulina velutipes; Uromyces muscari and Pleurotus ostreatus.

Metatrichia floriformis was confirmed after much debate and being fooled by a photo of the spore mass.

23rd March 2021 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - Puccinia lapsanae was seen for the first time this year.

22nd March 2021 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - A morn spent tidying nup and building brash piles. Fungi noted were:- Coprinopsis atramentaria; Coprinellus micaceus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stereum hirsutum; Xylaria carpophila; Puccinia distincta; Hypoxylon petriniae; Entyloma ficaria; Uromyces muscari; Cylindrobasidum laeve; Nectria cinnabarina; Calloria neglecta and Exidia nucleata.

Trichia contorta was confirmed after microscopy and on-line help.

21st March 2021 - Poynton Pool area, Stockport, Cheshire - A birding wander but we did see Peniophora incarnata and an old Bovista nigrescens.
17th March 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Polyporus brumalis was represented by several examples on a Silver Birch log. 
15th March 2021 - Etherow CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few regular fungi were recorded on a pleasant early morning stroll, these were:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Lachnum apalum; Phragmidium violaceum; Crepidotus cesatii; Oxyporus populinus; Exidia glandulosa; Vuilleminia comedens; Peniophora quercina; Diatrype stigma; Rhopographus filicinus; Xylaria carpophila; Stereum gausapatum; Trametes gibbosa; Calloria neglecta; Flammulina velutipes; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stereum hirsutum; Botryobasidium aureum; Kretzschmaria deusta; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trametes versicolor; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Fomes fomentarius; Chondrostereum purpureum; Tubaria furfuracea and Cylindrobasidium laeve.

14th March 2021 - Haughton Dale NR, G. Manchester - A good wander with the missus before the rain fell. Cylindrobasidium laeve; Tremella mesenterica; Ganoderma applanatum; Vuilleminia coryli; Stereum sanguinolentum; Exidia glandulosa; Exidia plana and Lachnum apala were named and shamed with help needed via kind and helpful asco-man Peter Roberts to name Appendiculella calostroma and Dictyosporium toruloides.

After a week waiting for spores to develop I added Colpoma quercinum as well. Even longer was the spore production by Lachnellula occidentalis - I got there in the end.

11th March 2021 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - An early morning bike ride, fungi seen were:- Peniophora lycii; Peniophora quercina; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Phragmocephala atra; Leptosphaeria acuta; Stictis stellata; Pleurotus ostreatus; Exidia plana; Ganoderma applanatum; Dialonectria episphaeria and Lachnella alboviolascens.
8th March 2021 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Peniophora lycii and Kretzschmaria deusta were just 2 fungi seen as I cycled homeward.
8th March 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungi seen on a brief trip out. Echinosphaeria canescens; Calloria neglecta; Trametes versicolor; Leptosphaeria acuta; Hypoxylon petriniae; Mycena tenerrima; Rosellinia mammiformis and Nectria galligena were the species seen,.
22nd February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pootling in the garden and Auricularia auricula-judae; Coleroa robertiani and Leptosphaeria acuta were seen whilst removing plant debris.
19th February 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungo on dead wood, these were:- Nectria cinnabarina; Lachnum virgineum; Botryobasidium aureum; Merismodes anomala and Echinosphaeria canescens.
15th February 2021 - Haughton Dale NR/Hulme Wood, G. Manchester - A very early morning walk, a couple of old Inonotus hispidus were seen as well as some Hypoxylon fuscum - it keeps the eye in.

13th February 2021 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short walk with the wind biting at the privates. Botryobasidium aureum; Lachnum virgineum; Ruzenia spermoides and Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma were the few fungi seen.

11th February 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Several upright boards used as a fence were sporting numerous examples of Melanotus horizontalis.
4th February 2021 - Ladybrook Cycleway, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick pootle on the bike, it was nice to find a new patch of Terana caerulea - a lovely encrusting growth. Also listed after microscopy were:- Calloria neglecta; Crepidotus cesatii; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Leptosphaeria doliolum and Arthrinium phaeospermum. Ocellaria ocellata was added with Peter Thompson coming to the rescue - nice one mate.
31st January 2021 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungus recorded today were:- Trametes gibbosa; Flammulina velutipes; Xylaria longipes; Exidia glandulosa; Xylaria carpophila; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Marchandiomyces aurantiacus and Daldinia fissa.
29th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Merismodes anomala and Mycena tenerrima were seen under a Salix log and Tubaria furfuracea was doing well on a nearby woodchip pile. Parorbiliopsis minuta was added after discussions with the ever knowledgeable asco-man Peter Thompson.
24th January 2021 - Northenden, G. Manchester - Whilst continuing our long walk we also added a new rust fungus to the annual tally, Melampsora hypericorum.

24th January 2021 - Didsbury Gold Course, G. Manchester - A handful of fungi were seen as we indulged in a lengthy walk, these being:- Athelia arachnoidea; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Leptosphaeria acuta; Calloria neglecta and Arrhenia retiruga. Truncatella angustata was a lovely extra that completely threw me, thank goodness Mr Thompson of the Ascomycetes book is kind enough to help - great stuff.

22nd January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Puccinia veronicae was still showing well on the leaves of Wood Speedwell.
17th January 2021 - Cheadle Hulme Golf Club, Stockport, G. Manchester - It was nice to see Trametes versicolor and Trametes hirusta and see the difference in the field and then confirm with microscopy later on. Plagiostoma inclinatum was also later identified on the scope.
17th January 2021 - Brookfields Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Only 1 new fungus for the year, Sphaeropsis sapinea.
16th January 2021 - Cringle Park, Levenshulme, G. Manchester - After dropping the Mother-in-Laws' shopping off me and the missus had a quick walk around this local park. Mycena galericulata; Sarcomyxa serotina; Flammulina velutipes; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Crepidotus mollis and Stereum rugosum were a few fungi seen on a very chilly pootle. Marchandiomyces aurantiacus was seen on a lichen still to be identified.
15th January 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Arrhenia rickenii and Geoglossum fallax were 2 new fungi for the year.
15th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Leptosphaeria purpurea was seen today on Willowherb stems.

14th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungi seen were Stictis stellata; Daldinia fissa; Clavulina rugosa and Lachnum apala. After consultation with Asco-Man Peter Thompson Valsa cypri and Propolis farinosa were added to the small tally as well as the 5th British record of Didymella macrospora.

12th January 2021 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 more fungi for the year list, Cordyceps militaris and some stonking Otidea onotica.
11th January 2021 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking through this area and pushing the bike so as to avoid a full on mud-splattering. I noted a few micro fungi and duly examined along with a couple of Oysterlings, the result was:- Crepidotus versutus; Crepidotus cesatii; Stictis stellata; Trichopezizella nidulus and Lachnella alboviolascens. I also ID'd Mensularia radiata and Clavulinopsis corniculata.
11th January 2021 - Cheadle Heath - Parrs Wood, Stockport, G. Manchester - Continuing my cycle jourmney and a gathering of Cyathus striatus were now looking old but a few were still holding their eggs.
11th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling along and Hypocrea pulvinata was in good condition on an old Birch Polypore I discarded last year.
10th January 2021 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk with with missus from the front door to this Nature Reserve and back again. A few fungi noted were:- Macroconia leptosphaeriae; Leptosphaera doliolum; Crepidotus cesatii; Dendryphion comosum; Phragmocephala atra; Calycina herbarum; Crocicreas cyathoideum; Datronia mollis; Phloeomana speirea; Hymenochaete rubiginosa; Geastrum triplex and Stereum subtomentosum.
10th January 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pleurotus ostreatus was seen for the first time this year as well as Puccinia lagenophorae.

9th January 2021 - Gorton Reservoirs, Reddish, G. Manchester - A birding walk but a handful of fungi seen, these being:- Peniophora quercina; Tremella mesenterica; Exidia glandulosa; Stereum subtomentosum; Phlebia radiata; Daldinia concentrica; Leptosphaera acuta; Crepidotus cesatii; Phragmocephala atra;and Auricularia mesenterica.

8th January 2021 - Alexander Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short walk with the missus, a few new fungi for the year were:- Coleroa robertiani; Trochila ilicina; Phacidium multivalve; Uromyces muscari and Albugo candida.
7th January 2021 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morning cycle and mucky again. Only a few fungi were spied as I had my eye on my feathered friends. What I did see though was:- Tremella foliacea; Stereum subtomentosum; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Hypholoma fasciculare; Xylaria longipes; Fomitopsis betulina and Hypoxylon fragiforme.
6th January 2021 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A look at the local birds, it was frozen and fungi were not playing ball. New for the year though were the common Vulleminia comedens; Seifertia azalea and Cylindrobasidium laeve.
5th January 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Another bike ride and another mud covered outcome. The few fungi noted were:- Macroconia leptosphaeriae; Leptosphaeria doliolum; Trichaptum abietinum; Heterobasidion annosum; Xylaria carpophila; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Mycena tenerrima; Ganoderma australe; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samararum; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma and Hypoxylon petriniae.
4th January 2021 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A few new fungi for the year and the odd fave were:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Rosellinia mammiformis; Phellinus ingniarius; Datronmia mollis; Trametes gibbosa; Coprinellus micaceus; Crepidotus mollis; Sarcomyxa serotina; Calloria neglecta; Polyporus leptocephalus; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Phloeomana speirea; Mycena meliigena; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Pluteus romellii; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Crepidotus cesatii; Bisporella sulfurina; Mycena arcangeliana and Scutellinia crinita.

3rd January 2021 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - A few fungi were seen on a birding wander, these were:- Flammulina velutipes; Hypholoma fasciculare; Bovista nigrescens; Mycena galericulata; Milesina murariae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Phragmidium violaceum; Mycena filopes; Galerina vittiformis; Dacrymyces stillatus; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Crepidotus cesatii and Xanthoriicola physciae.

2nd January 2021 - Cheadle Heath - River Mersey - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A circular walk to stretch the legs, we saw a few new fungi for the year:- Psathyrella multipedata; Cuphophyllus virgineus; Laccaria laccata; Daldinia concentrica; Ganoderma australe; Coprinellus micaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Chondrostereum purpureum and Hypholoma fasciculare.
1st January 2021 - Astley and Chat Mosses, Irlam, G. Manchester - A birding walk but the chance was taken to jot down the first few fungal sightings of the year. The small list was made up of:- Polyporus leptocephalus; Agaricus sylvaticus; Crepidotus cesatii; Trametes versicolor; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria carpophila; Scleroderma citrinum; Flammulina velutipes; Tremella foliacea; Phlebia radiata; Nectria cinnabarina; Exidia nucleata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Clitocybe fragrans; Auricularia auricula-judae; Taphrina betulina; Claviceps purpurea; Rhopographus filicinus; Fomitopsis betulina and Daedaleopsis confragosa.