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News from within and outside the area.
28th December 2014 - Heaton Park, G. Manchester - A wander to keep the body moving, of course a few fungi were noted on this frosty day, these were:- Xylaria hypoxylon; Pluerotus ostreatus; Calocera cornea; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolor; Stereum hirsutum; Neobulgaria pura var. foliocea; Tremella foliocea; Flammulina velutipes; Coprinellus micaceus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Daldinia concentrica; Piptoporus betulinus; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Exidia nucleata; Rhytisma acerinum and Heterobasidion annosum.
24th December 2014 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A Bluebell shoot was poking through the soil and lo and behold Uromyces muscari had already taken hold.
16th December 2014 - Heaton Moor NR, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 examples of Inocybe griseolilacina were seen growing beneath a hedge of Leylandii.
8th December 2014 - Heaton Moor NR, Stockport, Cheshire - A swift walk in the dinner break with a howling wind for company. 21 species were seen, these were:- Phlebia radiata; Pleurotus ostreatus; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Xylaria hypoxylon; Crepidotus mollis; Datronia mollis; Auricularia auricular-judae; Exidia glandulosa; Trametes versicolor; Exidia thuretiana; Flammulina velutipes; Stereum hirsutum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Rhytisma acerinum; Hypoxylon petriniae; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Coprinellus micaceus; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Chondrostereum purpureum and Nectria cinnabarina.
8th December 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A small group of Yellow Stainers (Agaricus xanthodermus) had come through in their usual spot.
8th December 2014 - River Mersey/Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking into town and after the recent frosts and hail it seems a full stop can be put on the Fungal season proper. I did note along the way several piles of myco-mush and the odd fungal specimen still in tact, these being:- Tricholoma scalpturatum; Lyophyllum decastes; Hygrocybe virginea; Exidia nucleata; Rhytisma acerinum; Hypoxylon petriniae; Uromyces viciae-fabae and Xylaria hypoxylon. Not much but it keeps my head intrigued and ticking.
30th November 2014 - Healey Dell, Rochdale, Lancashire - A quick shuftie at a site I hadn't visited for 15 years - phew. Time was against us in these short days but 25 species were clocked up:- Rhytisma acerinum; Sarcomyxa serotina; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Laccaria laccata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Albugo candida; Coprinellus micaceus; Polyporus leptocephalus; Melampsora hypericum; Crepidotus mollis; Tricholoma cingulatum; Piptoporus betulinus; Xylaria carpophila; Exidia recisa; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Dacrymyces stillatus; Postia subcaesia; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolor; Hypholoma fasciculare; Lactarius blennius; Bjerkandera adusta; Mycena galericulata and Exidia thuretiana.

30th November 2014 - Watergrove Reservoir, Wardle, Lancashire - The sun was glorious and another small group of Fungal Friends gathered and had a jaunt that was more than a little pleasant despite lacking in a good species count. The list of 52 species was made up of:- Hygrocybe ceracea; Hygrocybe chlorophana; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe virginea; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Hygrocybe laeta; Hygrocybe irrigata; Gliophorus psittacinus; Sarcomyxa serotina; Peniophora lycii; Peniophora incarnata; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Taphrina alni; Taphrina betulina; Vuilleminia comedens; Rhopographus filicinus; Neotiella rutilans; Tremella foliocea; Dacrymyces stillatus; Phlebia radiata; Scleroderma citrinum; Auricularia auricular-judae; Hypholoma fasciculare; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Mycena galericulata; Laccaria laccata; Bulgaria inquinans; Mycena galopus; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria hypoxylon; Chondrostereum purpureum; Stereum hirsutum; Macrotyphula fistulosa var. contorta; Peniophora quercina; Amanita rubescens; Postia subcaesia; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Stropharia pseudocyanea; Lepista sordida; Stropharia semiglobata; Cystoderma amianthinum; Phragmidium violaceum; Lycoperdon nigrescens; Crepidotus variabilis; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Mycena pura; Clavulinopsis umbrinella; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Deconica coprophila; Mycena heimalis and the myxo Mucilago crustacea.

A few species slipped by during microscopy due to not having enough relevant features - remember members - try to not handle stems and please collect the entire fruiting body.

Oh and here are a few more micro pictures. The spores of Deconica coprophila and the spores within the asci of Neotiella rutilans.


28th November 2014 - Heaton Moor, Cheshire - The small lawn outside work had 20 species on it today, Hygrocybe irrigata is the 8th waxcap noted there and a new one for the patch. An all time new for us was the sweet smelling Omphalina rickenii - a real attractive species.

23rd November 2014 - Ainsdale Sands Lake, Lancashire - A quick walk around to stretch the legs and finish the day, Lactarius lilacinus and Vuilleminia alni were both good finds.
23rd November 2014 - Ainsdale NE, Lancashire - A meet up for the group, only 9 in attendance, a good bunch though and with Tony Carter taking all things microscopical it looked an easy wander for me (sorry Tony, as soon as the microscope is fixed I'll be back up to speed). The result seen was a decent 94 species, these being:- Chroogomphus rutilans; Phragmidium violaceum; Calvatia utriformis; Amanita rubescens; Suillus luteus; Paxillus involutus; Trametes versicolor; Bjerkandera adusta; Lycoperdon excipuliforme; Phlebia tremellosa; Melampsoridium betulinum; Stereum hirsutum; Russula sardonia; Russula sanguinea; Russula ochroleuca; Russula fragilis; Russula betularum; Laccaria laccata; Heterobasidion annosum; Ischnoderma benzoinium; Gymnopus androsaceus; Dacrymyces stillatus; Flammulina velutipes; Crucibulum laeve; Peniophora quercina; Tricholomposis rutilans; Piptoporus betulinus; Hypocrea pulvinata; Postia subcaesia; Melanotus horizontalis; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Lepista nuda; Lepista sordida; Hypholoma fasciculare; Trametes gibbosa; Chondrostereum purpureum; Nectria cinnabarina; Leratiomyces ceres; Auricularia auricular-judae; Coprinellus micaceus; Ganoderma australe; Clitocybe nebularis; Xylaria longipes; Hygrophoropsis aurantia; Psilocybe cyanescens; Mycena galopus var. nigra; Macrocystidia cucumis; Xylaria polymorpha; Cystoderma amianthinum; Geastrum triplex; Mycena pura; Bovista plumbea; Gymnopilus penetrans; Crepidotus mollis; Phlebia radiata; Lactarius deliciosus; Hygrocybe virginea; Clitocybe fragrans; Lycoperdon perlatum; Neotiella rutilans; Hygrocybe psittacina; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Rhytisma acerinum; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Calocera viscosa; Pluteus cervinus; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Armillaria mellea; Lactarius rufus; Lactarius aurantiacus; Lactarius controversus; Psathyrella prona; Melanoleuca excissa; Mycena filopes; Mycena luteoalba; Bisporella sulfurina; Hygrocybe conicoides; Hygrocybe ceracea; Mycena galericulata; Russula versicolor; Galerina vittiformis; Galerina autumnalis; Lactarius hepaticus; Lactarius aspideus; Stropharia aeruginosa; Crepidotus luteolus; Inocybe sindonia; Inocybe lacera; Hymenoscyphus calyculus; Techispora mollusca; Nemania serpens; Lepiota echinacea and the myxos Mucilago crustacea and Tubifera ferruginosa.
19th November 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - At work as per, I did note a few fungi going to and from and during the dinner break:- Pholiota gummosa; Agaricus xanthoderma; Hypholoma fasciculare; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe laeta; Hygrocybe vitellina; Hygrocybe psittacina; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Rhytisma acerinum; Cystoderma amianthinum; Geoglossum fallax; Puccinia lagenophorae; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Laccaria laccata; Dermoloma cunieform; Amanita rubescens; Lactarius blennius; Boletus luridiformis; Xylaria hypoxylon; Geastrum triplex and Lepista sordida.
16th November 2014 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A nice quiet stroll for me and the missus with the young un' in Tewkesbury doing her Karate. Along the way, as goes without saying, I noted a few fungi without dawdling and labouring the point - it was just nice to get out and stretch the legs in yet more warm weather. The list of 36 comprised of:- Parasola conopilus; Clitocybe nebularis; Nectria cinnabarina; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Hypholoma fasciculare; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Mycena galopus; Amanita rubescens; Piptoporus betulinus; Auricularia auricular-judae; Russula atropurpurea; Leccinum scabrum; Clavulina cristata; Phragmidium violaceum; Lyophyllum decastes; Tricholoma fulvum; Inocybe geophylla; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Erysiphe heraclei; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Auricularia mesenterica; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Exidia thuretiana; Exidia nucleata; Hygrocybe virginea; Pluteus cervinus; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Stereum hirsutum; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Lacrymaria lacrymabunda; Cortinarius trivialis; Stereum gausapatum; Cystolepiota moelleri and Leratiomyces ceres.

15th November 2014 - Turton and Entwistle Reservoirs, Lancashire - A group meet-up, only 7 of us made it but what a fine gathering it was with everyone on the ball, chewing the fungal cud and contributing to a fine end list of 118 species. These were:- Lactarius uvidus; Lactarius tabidus; Lactarius subdulcis; Lactarius blennius; Lactarius deliciosus; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Dacrymyces stillatus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Coprinellus micaceus; Exidia recisa; Taphrina betulina; Parasola conopilus; Phlebia tremellosa; Phragmidium violaceum; Aleuria aurantia; Arrhenia retirugum; Puccinia aegopodii; Armillaria mellea; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Lycoperdon perlatum; Auricularia auricular-judae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Stereum gausapatum; Russula ochroleuca; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Piptoporus betulinus; Scleroderma citrinum; Mycena galopus; Paxillus involutus; Laccaria laccata; Sarcomyxa serotina; Rhopographus filicinus; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Polyporus leptocephalus; Tremella foliocea; Macrotyphula fistulosa var. contorta; Exidia thuretiana; Postia subcaesia; Chondrostereum purpureum; Melanotus horizontalis; Amanita muscaria; Suillus grevellei; Stereum hirsutum; Mycena galericulata; Byssomerulius corium; Hypholoma fasciculare; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Mycena pura; Rickenella fibula; Trochila ilicina; Amanita vaginata; Pholiota gummosa; Ganoderma australe; Flammulina velutipes; Trichaptum abietinum; Claviceps purpureum; Hypholoma capnoides; Crepidotus mollis; Heterobasidion annosum; Helvella crispa; Tricholoma scalpturatum; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Phaeolus schweinitzii; Laccaria amethystea; Exidia glandulosa; Hygrophorus hypothejus; Armillaria gallica; Mycena galopus var. candida; Phlebia radiata; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe laeta; Hygrocybe psittacina; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Hygrocybe virginea; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Psilocybe semilanceata; Lycoperdon nigrescens; Cystoderma amianthinum; Rickenella swartzii; Cordyceps militaris; Stropharia semiglobata; Clavulina cristata; Schizophyllum commune; Pleurotus ostreatus; Suillus luteus; Mycena sanguinolentum; Amanita rubescens; Boletus edulis; Entoloma rhodopolium; Trametes versicolor; Boletus badius; Erysiphe heraclei; Scutellinia scutellata; Crepidotus cesatii; Crepidotus epibryus; Crepidotus carpaticus; Crepidotus variabilis; Bisporella citrina; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Clavulinopsis luteoalba; Clavulinopsis helvola; Geoglossum fallax; Cortinarius trivialis; Mycena aetites; Mycena filopes; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Inonotus radiatus; Phellinus ferruginosus; Tremella mesenterica; Diatrype disciformis; Lophodermium pinastri plus the myxos Lycogala epidendrum; Mucilago crustacea.

And finally some microscopic shots from the foray - an example of setae from Inonotus radiatus, the asci, spores and paraphyses of Scutellinia scutellata and the excipular hairs from the same species.


12th November 2014 - Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire - A jog around Chadkirk Chapel a couple of times after a look at the Hericium erinaceus and then a call into a garden centre. Upon parking a 20ft stretch of grass was noted to have a fungal specimen - mmm curiosity aroused. With closer inspection there was more than what we thought and a list was put together, this comprised of:- Hygrocybe psittacina; Hygrocybe virginea; Hygrocybe inspida; Hypholoma fasciculare; Pholiota squarrosa; Clitocybe fragrans; Lactarius blennius; Lactarius glyciosmus; Lactarius turpis; Otidea bufonia; Clavulina rugosa; Rickenella swartzii; Hypomyces chrysospermus; Laccaria laccata; Lacrymaria lacrymabunda; Clavulinopsis luteoalba; Geoglossum fallax; Xerocomellus chrysenteron; and Marasmius oreades.

All spotted in 5 minutes and highlighting even the smallest patch of ground can produce much given the right conditions.

11th November 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Mycena flavoalba and Tricholoma cingulatum were the only things of note after a jog down river.
9th November 2014 - Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport, Cheshire - A wander for the Fungal Friends group, a small turn out and a chance for me to wander and just help out now and again as the group tackled the name and shame game. I brought them to this area as I haven't done it for ages and rumour had it there was something special the group may not have seen. Oooh errr! The list ended up at a decent 76 species, these being:- Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolor; Taphrina betulina; Rhytisma acerinum; Phragmidium violaceum; Mycena galericulata; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria hypoxylon; Bulgaria inquinans; Auricularia auricular-judae; Chondrostereum purpureum; Schizopora paradoxa; Exidia thuretiana; Meripilus giganteus; Kretzschmaria deusta; Dacrymyces stillatus; Pleurotus ostreatus; Calocera cornea; Hericium erinaceus; Armillaria gallica; Armillaria mellea; Russula ochroleuca; Clitocybe nebularis; Peniophora quercina; Ganoderma australe; Diatrypella quercina; Crepidotus mollis; Hypholoma fasciculare; Trametes gibbosa; Melanotus horizontalis; Exidia glandulosa; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Bjerkandera adusta; Tubaria furfuracea; Schizophyllum commune; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Trichoderma viride; Coprinellus micaceus; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Stereum rugosum; Erysiphe heraclei; Microsphaera alphitoides; Scleroderma citrinum; Clitocybe geotropa; Vuilleminia comedens; Laccaria laccata; Laccaria amethystea; Hyphodontia sambuci; Amanita vaginata; Daldinia concentrica; Piptoporus betulinus; Xylaria longipes; Stereum rameale; Melampsora hypericorum; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Hymenochaete corrugata; Albugo candida; Mycena galopus; Bjerkandera fumosa; Trochila ilicina; Pholiota gummosa; Claviceps purpureum; Exidia nucleata; Parasola conopilus; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Puccinia behenis; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Ganoderma applanatum; Bisporella sulfurina; Xerocomellus chrysenteron; Parasola leiocephala; Rutstroemia firma; Pluteus chrysophaeus and Nectria inventa.

8th November 2014 - Crompton Moor, G. Manchester - The final public walk of the year, a meet up for a grand bunch of folk doing their bit for the local area. The weather was forecast abysmal and, after 1 hour of leniency, the clouds let us have it and the wind came in for extra spitefulness. We cracked on, did 3 hours in the field and came up with a small list of 46 species (we deserved more). The final list was:- Lepista nuda; Boletus badius; Gymnopus androsaceus; Stereum sanguinolentum; Hypholoma capnoides; Russula ochroleuca; Stropharia pseudocyanea; Cystoderma amianthinum; Suillus luteus; Mycena galopus var. nigra; Microsphaera alphitoides; Leccinum versipelle; Rickenella fibula; Neotiella rutilans; Calocera viscosa; Russula betularum; Trametes versicolor; Rhytisma acerinum; Dacrymyces stillatus; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Lactarius rufus; Rhopographus filicinus; Mycena rosea; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Mycena pura; Amanita muscaria; Laccaria laccata; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Piptoporus betulinus; Mycena galericulata; Paxillus involutus; Hygrophorus hypothejus; Puccinia lagenophorae; Phragmidium violaceum; Hygrocybe pratensis; Lycoperdon nigrescens; Lycoperdon excipuliforme; Crepidotus variabilis; Clavaria straminea; Clavaria argillacea; Hygrocybe laeta; Hygrocybe ceracea; Hygrocybe reidii; Collybia cirrhata and Hygrocybe virginea.

For some reason today the microscopic work afterwards was extremely testing with only 4 species identified in 4 hours - sometimes it goes like that. A lot of specimens were washed out, lacking features and just plain old past it - mmm - I can relate to that latter point somedays - oh bugger!

5th November 2014 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A jog down the River Mersey, a rest and then back through this small parkland that in one part is being destroyed by careless builders and in another is being helped by a 'Friends Of' group. I know the care home is needed but it is just the peripheral destruction of good healthy fungal land that rankles me - ignorance dictates. The small list of species I observed whilst passing through was:- Mycena rorida; Amanita muscaria; Hypholoma fasciculare; Bjerkandera adusta; Crepidotus mollis; Hypomyces aurantius; and Calocera cornea as well as other super common species.
4th November 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A wander for some shopping and note made of Lactarius torminosus; Hygrocybe virginea; Laccaria laccata; Paxillus involutus; Lactarius quietus and Leccinum quercinum.
2nd November 2014 - Ladderedge CP, Staffordshire - A small group for the penultimate foray of the year and a fair list drawn up in the 2 and a half hours of tootling about. The 78 species seen were:- Exidia thuretiana; Entoloma rhodopolium; Clitocybe fragrans; Psilocybe semilanceata; Mycena polygramma; Mycena pura; Macrotyphula fistulosa var. contorta; Stereum gausapatum; Amanita vaginata; Chalciporus piperatus; Leccinum scabrum; Bulgaria inquinans; Xerocomus cisalpinus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Boletus badius; Paxillus involutus; Hypoxylon fuscum; Laccaria amethystea; Peniophora quercina; Porphyrellus porphyrosporus; Auricularia auricular-judae; Stereum hirsutum; Scleroderma citrinum; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Rhopographus filicinus; Bolbitius titubans; Cystoderma amianthinum; Trametes versicolor; Entoloma serrulatum; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Nectria cinnabarina; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Clitocybe nebularis; Piptoporus betulinus; Amanita muscaria; Rhytisma acerinum; Taphrina betulina; Microsphaera alphitoides; Dacrymyces stillatus; Laccaria laccata; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Erysiphe heraclei; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Hyphodontia sambuci; Tricholoma fulvum; Phragmidium violaceum; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Hypholoma fasciculare; Leptosphaeria acuta; Vuilleminia comedens; Lactarius torminosus; Lepista nuda; Xylaria hypoxylon; Paxillus involutus; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Hygrocybe psittacina; Hygrocybe quieta; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe laeta var. laeta; Hygrocybe ceracea; Hygrocybe virginea; Pilobolus crystallinus var. crystallinus; Crepidotus cesatii; Crepidotus luteolus; Bisporella sulfurina; Clavulinopsis helvola; Clavulinopsis luteoalba; Clavaria fragilis; Puccinia arenariae; Stropharia caerulea; Oxyporus populinus; Panaeolus papilionaceus var. papilionaceus; Rutstroemia firma; Cortinarius purpurascens; Mycena galericulata and Mycena flavoalba.
1st November 2014 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A walk leading some members of CAN (Cheshire Active Naturalists) and done in decent weather. The group were fantastic company and keen to know what was what and how fungi did their thang ma'an. I did my humble bit and hopefully enthused about these wondrous structures that keep me so enthralled. The list of 108 species comprised of:- Lycoperdon perlatum; Schizophyllum commune; Chondrostereum purpureum; Oudemansiella mucida; Bulgaria inquinans; Helvella crispa; Mycena rosea; Schizopora paradoxa; Armillaria ostoyae; Xylaria hypoxylon; Lactarius quietus; Mycena galericulata; Peniophora quercina; Amanita rubescens; Stereum hirsutum; Melampsoridium betulinum; Mycena haematopus; Psathyrella hydrophila; Bjerkandera adusta; Laccaria amethystea; Ganoderma australe; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Phlebia tremellosa; Mycena arcangeliana; Microsphaera alphitoides; Mycena inclinata; Hypholoma fasciculare; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Lepista sordida; Clitocybe nebularis; Rhytisma acerinum; Lepista flaccida; Nectria cinnabarina; Phragmidium violaceum; Lactarius blennius; Laccaria laccata; Russula nobilis; Tubaria furfuracea; Scleroderma citrinum; Gymnopus confluens; Vuilleminia comedens; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Leccinum versipelle; Boletus edulis; Boletus luridiformis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Trametes gibbosa; Lepista nuda; Bolbitius titubans; Armillaria mellea; Trametes versicolor; Clitopilus prunulus; Auricularia auricular-judae; Exidia glandulosa; Mycena pura; Trichoderma viride; Coprinellus micaceus; Meripilus giganteus; Diatrype disciformis; Libertella faginea; Pholiota squarrosa; Armillaria gallica; Russula ochroleuca; Postia stiptica; Lactarius subdulcis; Macrolepiota procera; Tricholoma ustale; Piptoporus betulinus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Boletus badius; Hygrocybe pratensis; Gymnopilus penetrans; Dacrymyces stillatus; Chroogomphus rutilus; Mycena galopus; Calyptella capula; Stropharia pseudocyanea; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Stropharia semiglobata; Leptosphaeria acuta; Pholiota aurivella; Phlebia radiata; Dermoloma cuneifolium; Trichaptum abietinum; Psilocybe semilanceata; Stropharia melanosperma; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Cystoderma amianthinum; Calocera cornea; Hypholoma capnoides; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Crepidotus cesatii; Suillus granulatus; Pluteus chrysophaeus; Hymenoscyphus herbarum; Pluteus podospileus; Belonidium sulphureum; Hygrocybe chlorophana; Hygrocybe laeta var. flava; Parasola leiocephala; Phyllactinia guttata; Clavaria fragilis; Tremella mesenterica; Mollisia cinerea; Orbilia xanthostigma and the myxo Lycogala epidendrum.
31st October 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk during the dinner break and fungi seen were:- Cystoderma amianthinum; Hygrocybe vitellina; Rickenella fibula; Hygrocybe pratensis; Amanita muscaria; Coprinus comatus; Puccinia lagenophorae; Meripilus giganteus; Geastrum triplex; Rhytisma acerinum; Lepiota cristata and Laccaria laccata. Not bad for a swift wander.
30th October 2014 - River Mersey/Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking to and from work with some pristeen examples of Lacrymaria lacrymabunda and Coprinus comatus down besides the river and on the lawn at work some Hygrocybe virginea; Hygrocybe nigrescens and Hygrocybe reidii in fruit. A Silver Birch tree supported 13 Fly Agarics - ooh just the right number for tomorrows Halloween festivities - don't kick em' over ye young witches and warlocks.

29th October 2014 - Lyme Park, Cheshire - A walk again with the Young Carers, this time with 14 of them, screaming and shouting, rolling about and playing - from 8.50 til 2.50 with no time to rest - great stuff. During this time I did manage to note a few fungi, namely the peppery smelling Stropharia pseudocyanea; Bulgaria inquinans on an Oak log; Trametes gibbosa tiered on a few stumps; a lone Hygrocybe laeta in the grass and one young example of Russula nobilis beneath a Beech tree.

The downside of the day was that I managed to break another hand lens - that's 3 in 3 months and also one that I have lost makinga total of 4 - I am on a bad roll with these things at the mo. Add to this a burst bottle of cordial in my bag which damaged a good old shroom book and the day ended on a dud but who cares, shit happens and we can either dwell on it or throw it to one side and move on...forward! ON a chipper note - the kids had a great time - yeah!

28th October 2014 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A wander with the Young Carers at work, boy it is still warm. We pottered here and there with one eye kept alert for a few fungi. We saw:- Trametes versicolor; Collybia cookei; Lepista nuda; Xylaria longipes; Trametes gibbosa; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Paxillus involutus; Coprinellus micaceus; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Inocybe geophylla and Lycogala epidendron amongst other things, not a bad day out though.
26th October 2014 - Coombes Valley RSPB, Staffordshire - The annual walk at this fine reserve with another good turn out. More stubborn mooching produced a list of 81 species, these were:- Phragmidium violaceum; Melampsoridium betulinum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Peniophora quercina; Psilocybe semilanceata; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Hyphodontia sambuci; Dacrymyces stillatus; Xylaria hypoxylon; Vuilleminia comedens; Mycena galopus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Amanita muscaria; Stropharia caerulea; Paxillus involutus; Rhopographus filicinus; Bolbitius titubans; Erysiphe heraclei; Tubaria furfuracea; Stereum hirsutum; Stereum rameale; Melanotus horizontalis; Russula atropurpurea; Clitocybe fragrans; Trametes versicolor; Bjerkandera adusta; Chondrostereum purpureum; Microsphaera alphitoides; Mycena rosea; Pholiota alnicola; Mycena pura; Stereum gausapatum; Piptoporus betulinus; Coprinellus micaceus; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Lactarius tabidus; Xerocomus pruinatus; Mycena polygramma; Mycena epipterygia; Phlebia tremellosa; Coprinellus disseminatus; Helvella lacunosa; Xylaria longipes; Scleroderma citrinum; Russula ochroleuca; Hymenochaete rubiginosa; Trochila ilicina; Laetiporus sulphureus; Lepista nuda; Exidia glandulosa; Cudoniella acicularis; Bulgaria inquinans; Vuilleminia coryli; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Schizopora paradoxa; Datronia mollis; Daldinia concentrica; Coprinus comatus; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe virginea; Synchytrium taraxaci; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Lactarius glyciosmus; Leptosphaeria acuta; Claviceps purpurea; Taphrina betulina; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Bisporella sulfurina; Crepidotus cesatii; Melampsora hypericorum; Eupropolella arundinariae; Rutstroemia firma; Resupinatus applicatus; Belonidium sulphureum; Crepidotus variabilis; Calloria neglecta; Panaeolus acuminatus; Cortinarius anomalus and the slime molds Mucilago crustacea and Lycogala terrestre.
25th October 2014 - Erdigg CP, Wrexham - A full house for a fungal foray that turned out to be a very rewarding stroll. Despite this being a poor season we had just enough today to keep us all interested with the final list being 84 species:- Macrocystidia cucumis; Crepidotus luteolus; Pholiota aurivella; Puccinia behenis; Inonotus radiatus; Stropharia caerulea; Clitocybe nebularis; Stropharia inuncta; Laccaria proxima; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Macrolepiota mastoidea; Rhytisma acerinum; Puccinia glechomatis; Xylaria hypoxylon; Nectria cinnabarina; Bjerkandera adusta; Peniophora quercina; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Coprinellus micaceus; Russula ochroleuca; Laccaria amethystea; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes gibbosa; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Phragmidium violaceum; Crepidotus mollis; Trametes versiciolor; Psathyrella pseudogracilis; Hygrocybe pratensis; Trichoderma viride; Meripilus giganteus; Laccaria laccata; Hypholoma fasciculare; Ganoderma australe; Mycena arcangeliana; Microbotryum violaceum; Claviceps purpurea; Amanita muscaria; Puccinia menthae; Melanoleuca polioleuca; Entomophthora muscae; Gymnopus confluens; Lepista sordida; Mycena rosea; Lepista saeva; Dacrymyces stillatus; Clitopilus prunulus; Hygrocybe virginea; Daldinia concentrica; Puccinia circae; Psilocybe semilanceata; Vuilleminia comedens; Microsphaera alphitoides; Hygrocybe quieta; Dermoloma cuneifolium; Hygrocybe psittacina; Russula nobilis; Clitocybe geotropa; Lactarius blennius; Pholiota squarrosa; Phacidium multivalve; Tricholoma ustale; Laetiporus sulphureus; Exidia nucleata; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Mycena galericulata; Pluteus cervinus; Phlebia tremellosa; Pholiota alnicola; Flammulina velutipes; Auricularia auricular-judae; Erysiphe heraclei; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Inocybe geophylla; Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina; Chondrostereum purpureum; Naucoria escharoides; Parasola leiocephala; Pleurotus ostreatus; Hygrocybe chlorophana; Hygrocybe coccinea and Lepista flaccida.
24th October 2014 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, Cheshire - Trochila laurocerasi observed on dead Laurel leaves.
20th October 2014 - Kerridge, Cheshire - The frustrations of a very disappointing season continued as I did a 1 to 2 foray with a couple of quality chefs. Coughing and spluttering with a virus, under greying, leaking clouds I arrived at my destination after 3 miles on foot and a quick train journey. A cup of coffee and off we went with a few things to consider and mull over but nowhere near what I expected of such a rich habitat. Clitocybe nebularis; Lycoperdon perlatum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Xylaria hypoxylon; Nectria cinnabarina; Mycena acicula; Auricularia auricular-judae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Stereum hirsutum; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Hygrocybe laeta; Mycena galopus; Meripilus giganteus; Hygrocybe pratensis; Stropharia semiglobata; Claviceps purpurea; Coprinellus micaceus; Exidia nucleata; Gymnopus confluens; Phragmidium violaceum; Peniophora quercina; Rhytisma acerinum; Lactarius subdulcis and Albugo candida.

19th October 2014 - Moore NR, Cheshire - After 7 years of walks at this decent area today will be the last for the near future. When told that only 4 people had booked on I remained unconvinced and reckoned on a healthy number indeed. Alas that number was 48 and all I could do was my honest and humble but to try and keep all entertained. It is in truth way too many but all seemed happy enough with proceedings and after a good wander a list of 111 species was drawn up, these being:- Leptosphaeria acuta; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Stropharia semiglobata; Phragmidium violaceum; Cystoderma amianthinum; Paxillus involutus; Rhytisma acerinum; Laccaria laccata; Leccinum scabrum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Geastrum triplex; Peniophora incarnata; Piptoporus betulinus; Ganoderma australe; Coprinellus disseminatus; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Bjerkandera adusta; Tubaria dispersa; Peniophora quercina; Gloeophyllum sepiarium; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Nectria cinnabarina; Scleroderma citrinum; Rickenella fibula; Mycena arcangeliana; Russula betularum; Coprinellus micaceus; Schizopora paradoxa; Phlebia tremellosa; Lactarius tabidus; Trametes versicolor; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Mycena galopus; Melanoleuca polioleuca; Exidia nucleata; Daldinia concentrica; Trametes gibbosa; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Calocera cornea; Phlebia radiata; Xylaria polymorpha; Datronia mollis; Pleurotus ostreatus; Vuilleminia comedens; Scleroderma verrucosum; Ossicaulis lignatilis; Microsphaera alphitoides; Hyphodontia sambuci; Mycena pura; Amanita muscaria; Erysiphe heraclei; Microbotryum violaceum; Puccinia glechomatis; Aleuria aurantia; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Lycoperdon perlatum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Dacrymyces stillatus; Stereum hirsutum; Clitocybe fragrans; Clitocybe nebularis; Lactarius glyciosmus; Hypomyces chrysospermus; Lepista panaeola; Cordyceps militaris; Coprinus comatus; Lycoperdon excipuliforme; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Hygrocybe virginea; Melampsoridium betulinum; Auricularia auricular-judae; Mycena galericulata; Pholiota squarrosa; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Clavulinopsis helvola; Puccinia behenis; Crepidotus luteolus; Crepidotus subverrucisporus; Lepista flaccida; Puccinia arenariae; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Belonidium sulphureum; Stropharia caerulea; Parasola leiocephala; Cortinarius decipiens; Psathyrella microrhiza; Clitocybe rivulosa; Clitocybe dicolor; Cortinarius uliginosus; Galerina vittiformis; Stereum rameale; Entoloma hebes; Peniophora lycii; Crepidotus lundellii; Mycena filopes; Mycena leptocephala; Panaeolus acuminatus; Daldinia fissa; Melanoleuca grammopodia; Clavaria acuta; Ceriporia viridans; Leptosphaeria doliolum; Phragmocephala atra; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Hymenoscyphus repandus; Radulomyces confluens; Pluteus salicinus and the myxo Trichia varia.

Thanks to Tony Carter for being enthusiastic and chipping in with the microscopy - it makes a big difference. We finished with 66 species in the field and added the rest at home - we both now have serious squints!

18th October 2014 - Harthill Cookery School, Cheshire - Full of the lurgy and dosed up to buggery it was nice to do a walk with emphasis on introducing a small group to the wonders of fungi rather than do a full on foray and record as much as possible. Harthill is a chilled placed to potter around and with the cook's warming nature (nice one Brian) and the friendly enthusiasm of all those in attendance it made for a rather pleasant mooch. The 36 species seen were:- Hygrocybe pratensis; Hycrocybe calyptriformis; Pilobolus crystallinus var. crystallinus; Dermoloma cuneifolium; Cystoderma amianthinum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Leccinum scabrum; Phragmidium violaceum; Trochila ilicina; Schizophyllum commune; Claviceps purpurea; Rhytisma acerinum; Scleroderma citrinum; Lactarius blennius; Xylaria hypoxylon; Exidia thuretiana; Ganoderma australe; Mycena galericulata; Cordyceps militaris; Daldinia concentrica; Bjerkandera adusta; Auricularia auricular-judae; Coprinellus micaceus; Nectria cinnabarina; Trametes gibbosa; Datronia mollis; Exidia glandulosa; Dacrymyces stillatus; Stropharia pseudocyanea; Crepidotus cesatii; Clavulinopsis helvola; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe ceracea; Coprinellus disseminatus; Parasola leiocephala and in a nearby churchyard, appropriately enough, Lacrymaria lacrymabunda.

16th October 2014 - Styal Mill, Cheshire - A few chores, a chippy dinner and then a stroll around this nice area with cake and tea halfway through. Not a bad day, pity I would end it in bed with all my bones aching, throat burning and head banging - bah. 28 fungi were noted whilst pottering along in the unseasonable sunshine:- Erysiphe heraclei; Clitocybe nebularis; Bjerkandera adusta; Ganoderma australe; Trametes versicolor; Pluteus cervinus; Xylaria longipes; Fistulina hepatica; Trametes gibbosa; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Clitocybe odora; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Tubaria furfuracea; Pholiota squarrosa; Nectria cinnabarina; Armillaria gallica; Rhytisma acerinum; Inocybe geophylla; Laccaria laccata; Melanotus horizontalis; Rhopographus filicinus; Coprinellus micaceus; Phragmidium violaceum; Puccinia glechomatis; Puccinia veronicae; Claviceps purpurea and Leptosphaeria acuta.

One point of interest was that the lone specimen of Tubaria furfuracea was actually growing from someone's lost glove - how strange! Now if it would have been Dead Molls Fingers I could have understood that!


15th October 2014 - Etherow CP, Cheshire - Back to this site with a group of carers from work. A lovely stroll in warming weather, usual stuff seen as 3 days prior but with Xylaria polymorpha; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Stereum sanguinolentum; Inocybe geophylla; Puccinia aegopodi; Puccinia chaerophylli; Puccinia circaeae and Puccinia glechomatis added extras. It was good to see a recent special find and take a photo this time, Plicatura crispa is its name.

14th October 2014 - Heaton Moor, Cheshire - A dinner time wander and Coprinopsis atramentaria and Coprinus comatus were both seen. If they are there on Friday I shall a take a little for some ink to use and the compose a fungal picture. Watch this space..
12th October 2014 - Etherow CP, Cheshire - A meet up for the group and friends and not a bad turn-out, just wish the fungi had turned up in good numbers too. Another struggle, seems to be the theme for the season, but with a stubborn streak and a dogged approach a list of 87 species were seen, these being:- Clitocybe geotropa; Puccinia lagenophorae; Amanita muscaria; Clitopilus prunulus; Lactarius glyciosmus; Tricholoma fulvum; Lactarius torminosus; Leccinum scabrum; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Trametes pubescens; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Russula ochroleuca; Cantharellus cibarius; Paxillus involutus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Puccinia veronicae; Lepista flaccida; Gymnopus peronatus; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Pholiota squarrosa; Stereum hirsutum; Stereum gausapatum; Tubaria furfuracea; Xylaria longipes; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Rhodocollybia maculata; Fomes fomentarius; Mycena pura; Mycena galericulata; Microsphaera alphitoides; Coprinopsis lagopus; Bolbitius titubans; Tremella foliocea; Macrotyphula fistulosa; Suillus grevellei; Gomphidius maculatus; Parasola conopilus; Mycena galopus; Clavulina cristata; Bjerkandera adusta; Skeletocutis amorpha; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Auricularia auricular-judae; Mycena rorida; Mycena adscendens; Rhopographus filicinus; Peniophora quercina; Dacrymyces stillatus; Daldinia concentrica; Coprinellus micaceus; Vuilleminia coryli; Exidia thuretiana; Vuilleminia comedens; Piptoporus betulinus; Nectria cinnabarina; Oxyporus populinus; Heterobasidion annosum; Meripilus giganteus; Hyphodontia sambuci; Lycoperdon perlatum; Scleroderma citrinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Calocera cornea; Ganoderma australe; Phragmidium violaceum; Melampsoridium betulinum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Laccaria laccata; Taphrina alni; Scleroderma verrucosum; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Clavulina cinerea; Trametes versicolor; Trametes gibbosa; Trochila ilicina; Plicatura crispa; Puccinia arenariae; Crepidotus cesatii; Crepidotus epibryus; Bisporella sulfurina; Marasmiellus ramealis; Gymnopus androsaceus; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Pholiota alnicola; Rutstroemia firma; Naucoria escharoides and the myxo Lycogala terrestre.
11th October 2014 - Mere Sands Wood, Lancashire - Up early, all got a virus, luckily mine was only mild so I had enough gas to lead a sold out fungal walk. The weather has been fairly poor of late and even though we had some late rain the main agarics hadn't shown through. Perseverance, some microscopy and the list ended up at 85 species with one or two decent finds during the day. The final list was:- Coleosporium tussilaginis; Puccinia arenariae; Hypholoma fasciculare; Xylaria hypoxylon; Mycena galericulata; Mycena lagopus; Mycena adscendens; Mycena sanguinolenta; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Leptosphaeria acuta; Stereum hirsutum; Phragmidium violaceum; Melampsoridium betulinum; Schizopora paradoxa; Trametes versicolor; Microsphaera alphitoides; Chondrostereum purpureum; Scleroderma citrinum; Flammulina velutipes; Nectria cinnabarina; Tubaria furfuracea; Ganoderma australe; Exidia thuretiana; Bjerkandera adusta; Rhopographus filicinus; Rhytisma acerinum; Trametes gibbosa; Laccaria laccata; Macrotyphula fistulosa var. contorta; Auricularia auricular-judae; Phallus impudicus; Russula betularum; Stereum rameale; Exidia glandulosa; Vuilleminia comedens; Exidia nucleata; Paxillus involutus; Erysiphe heraclei; Claviceps purpurea; Hyphodontia sambuci; Ischnoderma benzoinium; Lycoperdon perlatum; Geastrum triplex; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Trochila ilicina; Peniophora quercina; Amanita muscaria; Fomes fomentarius; Piptoporus betulinus; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Russula ochroleuca; Boletus badius; Stereum gausapatum; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Amanita fulva; Pholiota squarrosa; Meripilus giganteus; Trichaptum abietinum; Coprinellus micaceus; Clitocybe nebularis; Russula fragilis; Gymnopilus penetrans; Postia stiptica; Skeletocutis amorpha; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Tremella foliocea; Lepiota cristata; Phlebia tremellosa; Auriscalpium vulgare; Amanita rubescens; Baeospora myosura; Cystolepiota bucknallii; Crepidotus cesatii; Bisporella citrina; Hymenoscyphus fructigenus; Hymenoscyphus rokebyensis; Tarzetta catinus; Tarzetta cupularis; Parasola conopilus; Inocybe sindonia; Inocybe asterospora; Entomophthora muscae; Parasola auricoma and the myxo Fuligo septica.
9th October 2014 - Abney Hall, Cheshire - One of the advantages (and drawbacks) of recording is that it can obviously highlight an increase (or decrease) in species at a certain site. Essential information indeed and no matter where you live I am sure you have a patch worthy of your attention. Unfortunately this small local park has been invaded by the demons of construction and so many areas that produced some quite precious species have been trashed due to a constant unnecessary trampling away from the actual construction site. What we will end up with is an old folks home (nowt wrong with that) with manicured surroundings (something wrong with that) and a distinct lack of fungi (something absolutely appalling about that. Sometimes I am at a loss as to the thinking of these constructors and can only presume that ignorance, the 'well it ain't on my doorstep mentality' or a deadline to work to causes this complete lack of care for the environment. As fungi lovers we must get out there and do our bit or, as with the spillers of concrete, we can look in the mirror when the planet is trashed and honestly say 'that's my fault that is', Think on, do your bit. Anyway 30 species were seen today in a 2 hour stroll were the usual suspects as follows, minus a few that may not appear again:- Rhytisma acerinum; Auricularia auricular-judae; Stereum hirsutum; Peniophora quercina; Vuilleminia comedens; Microsphaera alphitoides; Phragmidium violaceum; Diatrypella quercina; Ganoderma australe; Dacrymyces stillatus; Nectria cinnabarina; Coprinellus micaceus; Leptosphaeria acuta; Hypholoma fasciculare; Heterobasidion annosum; Daldinia concentrica; Chondrostereum purpureum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Exidia thuretiana; Trametes versicolor; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Clavulinopsis helvola; Crepidotus cesatii; Hymenoscyphus fructigenus; Mycena pseudocorticola; Mycena filopes; Gymnopilus junonius and Melampsoridium betulinum.
5th October 2014 - Childwall Woods, Lancashire - A new place for us to lead a foray and once more, after the dry spell, a struggle was still had seems as though things are gradually improving and here's hoping we can squeeze in some good totals before the end of the year. Today, 39 species were noted, these being:- Taphrina betulina; Peniophora quercina; Calocera cornea; Pleurotus dryinus; Pholiota squarrosa; Lycoperdon perlatum; Claviceps purpureum; Tricholoma fulvum; Leccinum scabrum; Trametes gibbosa; Taphrina alni; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Merulius tremellosus; Amanita rubescens; Amanita excelsa; Amanita muscaria; Hygrocybe laeta; Pluteus cervinus; Xerula radicata; Auricularia auricular-judae; Mycena galericulata; Nectria cinnabarina; Agaricus arvensis; Hyphodontia sambuci; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Leptosphaeria acuta; Schizopora paradoxa; Meripilus giganteus; Stereum hirsutum; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Microsphaera alphitoides; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Phragmidium violaceum; Bjerkandera adusta; Ganoderma australe; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trochila ilicina; Rhytisma acerinum and Diatrype disciformis.
4th October 2014 - Marshall Arms NR, Cheshire - 2 previous walks here have resulted in hit and miss totals and today, after the appalling dry spell of late I expected another miss. I wasn't to be proven wrong and only keen eyes and stubbornness created anything resembling a list. Only 46 species recorded (even after microscopy), these were:- Rhodocollybia butyracea; Claviceps purpurea; Polyporus squamosus; Scleroderma citrinum; Scleroderma verrucosum; Mycena inclinata; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Exidia plana; Pluteus cervinus; Rhopographus filicinus; Coprinellus micaceus; Microsphaera alphitoides; Erysiphe heraclei; Hypholoma fasciculare; Leptosphaeria acuta; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Hypomyces chrysospermus; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes gibbosa; Xylaria longipes; Stereum hirsutum; Schizopora paradoxa; Hyphodontia sambuci; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Auricularia auricular-judae; Exidia nucleata; Nectria cinnabarina; Vuilleminia comedens; Stereum rameale; Amanita muscaria; Leccinum scabrum; Trametes versicolor; Rhytisma acerinum; Phragmidium violaceum; Crepidotus cesatii; Crepidotus variabilis; Crepidotus epibryus; Lasiosphaeria ovina; Inonotus radiatus; Phellinus ferruginosus; Belonidium sulphureum; Puccinia distincta; Diatrypella quercina; Tricholoma fulvum; Gymnopus peronatus and Vuilleminia coryli.
2nd October 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A large specimen of Lepiota cristata, a lone Hygrocybe pratensis and a single Dermoloma cuneifolium were all that were seen on a quick lunchtime wander.
2nd October 2014 - Gorsey Bank Park, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 specimens of Agaricus augustus had been kicked over by the non-appreciative - tragic.
1st October 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Hygrocybe laeta and Hygrocybe vitellina are now showing on the lawn outside work - come on season, get going ya tinker.
29th September 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Armillaria mellea and Agrocybe rivulosa were the only 2 fungi seen after a jog down river. Later in the day I noted a patch of Tricholoma ustaloides with Oak looking in desperate need of water.
28th September 2014 - Arley Hall, Cheshire - 2 fungi walks to lead today and still the rain will not assist me in finding many fruitbodies. It is becoming a more and more desperate struggle by the week but on I go, trying to enthuse others and keep the interest levels high. The total today after two hard fought walks with some quite fine and patient folk (55 in total) was 54 species, these being:- Rhytisma acerinum; Trochila ilicina; Fistulina hepatica; Microsphaera alphitoides; Nectria cinnabarina; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Hypholoma fasciculare; Psathyrella candolleana; Xylaria hypoxylon; Ganoderma australe; Aleuria aurantia; Psilocybe semilanceata; Amanita muscaria; Chalciporus piperatus; Russula vesca; Polyporus leptocephalus; Panaeolina foenisecii; Leccinum scabrum; Hygrocybe psittacina; Xylaria longipes; Mycena galericulata; Rickenella fibula; Lactarius turpis; Trametes versicolor; Cystoderma amianthinum; Laccaria laccata; Marasmius rotula; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Hygrocybe laeta; Pholiota squarrosa; Scleroderma verrucosum; Hygrocybe pratensis; Rickenella swartzii; Russula ochroleuca; Daldinia concentrica; Scleroderma citrinum; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Peniophora quercina; Trametes gibbosa; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Claviceps purpurea; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Flammulina velutipes; Clitocybe nebularis; Schizopora paradoxa; Armillaria mellea; Russula amoenolens; Clavulinopsis helvola; Crepidotus cesatii; Parasola leiocephala; Puccinia arenariae; Marasmius epiphyloides and Diatrypella quercina.
27th September 2014 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - The weather is not helping, still no rain, the ground is dry and of course I have a complete struggle on my hands. 2 walks today, one for families, one for adults, 25 in attendance and after both two hour events were complete a list of 66 species was had, which were:- Meripilus giganteus; Armillaria gallica; Coprinopsis lagopus; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolor; Phragmidium violaceum; Stereum rugosum; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Ganoderma australe; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Hypholoma fasciculare; Rhytisma acerinum; Laccaria laccata; Tricholoma fulvum; Clavulina cinerea; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria hypoxylon; Scleroderma citrinum; Russula ochroleuca; Lactarius glyciosmus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Mycena galericulata; Lactarius tabidus; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Hyphodontia sambuci; Auricularia auricular-judae; Trochila ilicina; Pluteus cervinus; Pholiota squarrosa; Rhopographus filicinus; Xylaria longipes; Armillaria mellea; Gymnopus peronatus; Marasmius rotula; Coprinellus micaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Pleurotus ostreatus; Daldinia concentrica; Trichoderma viride; Gymnopus confluens; Polyporus leptocephalus; Postia subcaesia; Agrocybe erebia; Vuilleminia comedens; Piptoporus betulinus; Trametes gibbosa; Microsphaera alphitoides; Tubaria dispersa; Erysiphe heraclei; Claviceps purpurea; Puccinia behenis; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Flammulina velutipes; Taphrina betulina; Crepidotus luteolus; Crepidotus cesatii; Calocera cornea; Mycena arcangeliana; Ramaria stricta; Xerocomus cisalpinus; Parasola leiocephalus; Scutellinia scutellata; Hymenoscyphus fructigenus; Scleroderma cepa; Leptosphaeria acuta and Bjerkandera fumosa.
24th September 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A nice clump of Lyophyllum connatum had appeared due to the recent rains.
21st September 2014 - Formby NT, Lancashire - Have you ever led a fungi walk in a desert? I have and its shit...and it really rankles my nasty nerves - aaaggghhh! Today it was the annual walk at this lovely area and, due to that unfaithful git known as the climate, I was left with an arid wasteland in which to lead 18 enthusiastic people around in the hope of finding some decent fungal growths. Fat bloody chance. We set off, we scoured the earth and checked many leaves, at the finish, with the sun dazzling and the heat rising I conceded that I was a battered and beaten Fungal victim and offered up a list of 30 species - my sincerest thanks to all those who stuck it out and my deepest apologies for being let down by the weather. Anyhow the list was:- Rhytisma acerinum; Phragmidium violaceum; Microsphaera alphitoides; Hypholoma fasciculare; Pluteus cervinus; Puccinia arenariae; Xylaria longipes; Piptoporus betulinus; Trametes versicolor; Chondrostereum purpureum; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Russula sardonia; Gymnopilus penetrans; Trichaptum abietinum; Gymnopus peronatus; Heterobasidion annosum; Chroogomphus rutilus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Polyporus leptocephalus; Rhodocollybia maculata; Schizopora paradoxa; Otidea bufonia; Armillaria mellea; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Russula ochroleuca; Bovista plumbea; Russula sanguinea; Lycoperdon nigrescens; Lycoperdon perlatum and Postia stiptica.
20th September 2014 - Harthill Cookery School, Cheshire - A real worry this walk after the dry conditions of late, would there be enough to show people and talk about? Well, after a bit of keen mooching and a small tootle after the first wander a list of 59 species was drawn up to a full house of enthusiastic people. The species seen were:- Amanita rubescens; Daldinia concentrica; Nectria cinnabarina; Pholiota squarrosa; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Pleurotus ostreatus; Trametes versicolor; Trametes gibbosa; Auricularia auricular-judae; Amanita muscaria; Russula betularum; Rhopographus filicinus; Microsphaera alphitoides; Trichoderma viride; Lactarius pubescens; Hygrocybe calyptriformis; Dermoloma cuneifolium; Cystoderma amianthinum; Hygrocybe reidii; Trochila ilicina; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Russula ochroleuca; Paxillus involutus; Russula cyanoxantha; Russula fellea; Hypomyces chrysospermus; Lactarius turpis; Gymnopus confluens; Clitocybe nebularis; Puccinia arenariae; Laccaria laccata; Laccaria amethystea; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Leptosphaeria acuta; Belonidium sulphureum; Heterobasidion annosum; Erysiphe heraclei; Coprinopsis lagopus; Agrocybe rivulosa; Armillaria mellea; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Schizophyllum commune; Phragmidium violaceum; Rhytisma acerinum; Ganoderma australe; Xylaria hypoxylon; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Phallus impudicus; Tremella mesenterica; Peniophora quercina; Diatrypella quercina; Cordyceps militaris; Stereum gausapatum; Puccinia distincta; Lachnellula occidentalis; Hygrocybe irrigata; Clavulinopsis helvola and Fistulina hepatica.
18th September 2014 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, Cheshire - Agaricus arvensis was seen and confirmed by microscopy.
14th September 2014 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - 29 of us set of in tremendously dry conditions which never bodes well for a fungal wander. Stubbornness and keen eyes came good though and a haul of 52 species was had, these being:- Grifola frondosa; Armillaria ostoyae; Xerula radicata; Gymnopus confluens; Phaeolus schweinitzii; Trichaptum abietinum; Piptoporus betulinus; Xylaria longipes; Tricholoma fulvum; Bjerkandera adusta; Amanita rubescens; Russula nigricans; Pleurotus ostreatus; Macrolepiota procera; Russula farinipes; Trametes versicolor; Russula nobilis; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Trametes gibbosa; Pholiota squarrosa; Libertella faginea; Scleroderma citrinum; Russula ochroleuca; Russula vesca; Diatrypella quercina; Bolbitius titubans; Polyporus leptocephalus; Hygrocybe psittacina; Scleroderma aerolatum; Mycena galericulata; Nectria cinnabarina; Orbilia xanthostigma; Pluteus cervinus; Kretzschmaria deusta; Phragmidium violaceum; Laetiporus sulphureus; Trochila ilicina; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Meripilus giganteus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Phlebia tremellosa; Laccaria laccata; Ganoderma australe; Psathyrella hydrophila; Hypholoma fasciculare; Microsphaera alphitoides; Melampsoridium betulinum; Sphaerotheca epilobii; Trichoderma viride; Schizophyllum commune and Rhytisma acerinum.

13th September 2014 - Delamere Forest, Cheshire - A public walk, the target was to be done in the 4 hours allotted time (so as to visit a book shop, get the microscopy done and prepare for the next walk tomorrow), and hopefully do more than 50 species, despite the dry conditions. Timing was a little over (but still managed to get to the bookshop after - wink, wink) but the target list was achieved - just. 14 of us set off (a darn decent group) and the list ended up at 81 species (after 5 hours of microscopy), these being:- Gymnopilus penetrans; Pleurotus ostreatus; Lactarius deterrimus; Calocera cornea; Mycena arcangeliana; Daldinia concentrica; Cudoniella acicularis; Schizopora paradoxa; Orbilia xanthostigma; Hyphodontia sambuci; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Kretzschmaria deusta; Leucocoprinus brebissonii; Armillaria mellea; Stereum sanguinolentum; Lactarius tabidus; Lactarius glyciosmus; Chalciporus piperatus; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Rhodocollybia maculata; Hypomyces chrysosperma; Paxillus involutus; Amanita rubescens; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Heterobasidion annosum; Postia caesia; Pluteus cervinus; Leptosphaearia acuta; Rhopographus filicinus; Russula ochroleuca; Xylaria hypoxylon; Peniophora quercina; Scleroderma citrinum; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Lepiota cristata; Mycena pura; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Calocera viscosa; Phallus impudicus; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Stereum hirsutum; Phragmidium violaceum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Coprinopsis lagopus; Amanita muscaria; Melampsoridium betulinum; Microsphaera alphitoides; Rhytisma acerinum; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Trochila ilicina; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Gymnopus peronatus; Puccinia distincta; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Boletus edulis; Lactarius blennius; Geastrum triplex; Laccaria amethystea; Russula betularum; Suillus bovinus; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Piptoporus betulinus; Amanita citrina; Trichaptum abietinum; Vuilleminia comedens; Russula nobilis; Lepiota hystrix; Agaricus xanthodermus; Clavulinopsis helvola; Diatrypella quercina; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Scutellinia scutellata; Ganoderma australe; Skeletocutis nivea; Naucoria escharoides; Scleroderma cepa; Inocybe sindonia; Bisporella sulfurina; Gymnopus confluens; Russula sardonia; Lyophyllum connatum and the myxo Fuligo septica.

11th September 2014 - Heaton Mersey Common NR, Stockport, Cheshire - Inocybe sororia and Inocybe muricellata identified after microscopy - these things ain't easy. The former species is, in some instances, thought to be a variety of Inocybe rimosa which after several discussion may well be the case. As a result trepidation with the naming/ID is adopted and an avoidance of recording has been taken since no material is available for further scrutiny.
9th September 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A pop to the chippy in the dinner break, urban fungi noted were:- Lactarius blennius; Russula cyanoxantha; Amanita muscaria; Laetiporus sulphureus and Scleroderma verrucosum.
8th September 2014 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - Sphaerotheca epilobii was seen on the leaves of Willowherb whilst wandering in the sun.
7th September 2014 - Wepre CP, Flintshire - The weather still shone, a few of our party had to leave and my missus was feeling offside so had a rest in the cafe and car park with my daughter but 8 of us cracked on and a list of 31 species was drawn up. The list was:- Taphrina alni; Erysiphe heraclei; Agaricus xanthodermus; Pluteus cervinus; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Coprinellus micaceus; Xylaria longipes; Clavulina cristata; Bjerkandera adusta; Hypholoma fasciculare; Boletus badius; Stereum hirsutum; Phallus impudicus; Puccinia veronicae; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Cudoniella acicularis; Trochila ilicina; Mycena rosea; Amanita rubescens; Lycoperdon perlatum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Daldinia concentrica; Crepidotus mollis; Calocera viscosa; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Hyphodontia sambuci; Scleroderma verrucosum; Chlorociboria aeruginescens; Mycena polygramma and the myxo Fuligo septica.

7th September 2014 - Hawardan, Flintshire - Lovely weather, lovely company - 13 of us set off and wandered at our leisure looking for a good fungal haul along the way. The list comprised of 92 species, which were (in no particular order):- Rhytisma acerinum; Puccinia hieracii var. hieracii; Stereum hirsutum; Kretzschmaria deusta; Exidia thuretiana; Gnomonia ulmae; Phragmidium violaceum; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trochila ilicina; Fistulina hepatica; Bjerkandera adusta; Armillaria gallica; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Coprinellus micaceus; Russula nigricans; Russula atropurpurea; Amanita rubescens; Oudemansiella mucida; Xerocomellus chrysenteron; Lactarius blennius; Hypomyces chrysospermus; Laccaria amethystea; Psilocybe semilanceata; Bolbitius titubans; Russula cyanoxantha; Clitopilus prunulus; Schizopora paradoxa; Laccaria laccata; Auricularia auricular-judae; Puccinia veronicae; Agaricus xanthodermus; Piptoporus betulinus; Boletus pulverulentus; Agrocybe rivulosa; Calocera viscosa; Calocera cornea; Mycena rosea; Mycena pura; Gymnopilus penetrans; Pluteus cervinus; Amanita citrina; Amanita citrina var. alba; Lactarius rufus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Postia caesia; Heterobasidion annosum; Gymnopus peronatus; Paxillus involutus; Hypholoma fasciculare; Skeletocutis amorpha; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Pluteus romelli; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Rhopographus filicinus; Gymnopus confluens; Trametes versicolor; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Russula nobilis; Russula ochroleuca; Lycoperdon perlatum; Lactarius quietus; Amanita muscaria; Xylaria longipes; Puccinia circae; Hymenochaete rubiginosa; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Microsphaera alphitoides; Macrolepiota procera; Hyphodontia sambuci; Chlorophyllum rhacodes; Leccinum scabrum; Lactarius turpis; Aleuria aurantia; Polyporus tuberaster; Amanita fulva; Chalciporus piperatus; Lactarius tabidus; Meripilus giganteus; Lycoperdon excipuliforme; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Marasmius oreades; Uromyces trifolii; Pucciniastrum circae; Puccinia arenariae; Panaeolus papilionaceus var. papilionaceus; Psathyrella pseudogracilis; Orbilia xanthostigma; Russula sororia; Boletus edulis and the myxos Tubifera ferruginosa and Fuligo septica.

5th September 2014 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Large groups of Amanita muscaria; Coprinopsis atramentaria and Coprinus comatus were noted on roadside lawns.
3rd September 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - 2 specimens of Coprinus comatus were seen by me and the good lady whilst tootling to work.
2nd September 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - The first specimen of Amanita muscari was pushing through the soil beneath a pathside Beech.
1st September 2014 - Stockport, Cheshire - Walking into the town centre and a lone specimen of Chlorophyllum rhacodes was noted near the train station.
31st August 2014 - Crompton Hall Woods, G. Manchester - A quick peek in this small area that gave the impression of not being a fungal friendly area, too much Ash and Sycamore combined with well trodden ground. 12 species seen, a few new for the day, these were:- Auricularia auricular-judae; Exidea thuretiana; Mycena haematopus; Rhytisma acerinum; Hyphodontia sambuci; Mycena arcangeliana; Nectria cinnabarina; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Pluteus cervinus; Inocybe furfurea; Crepidotus mollis and Xylaria longipes.
31st August 2014 - Crompton Moor, G. Manchester - A wander with the Friends of Crompton Moor who were a fine amiable group and led by the utterly enthusiastic Bob Kenworthy, an eager beaver raring to go. The target today was for me to highlight the fungi present and start the process of recording all finds on site to get the species list up to date. It is still early in the season but 67 species were chalked up, these being:- Trichaptum abietinum; Entoloma rhodopolium; Coleosporium tussilaginis; Peziza badia; Psilocybe semilanceata; Russula emetica; Thelophora terrestris; Rhopographus filicinus; Leccinum versipelle; Marasmius androsaceus; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Dacrymyces stillatus; Postia caesia; Lactarius turpis; Suillus luteus; Mycena arcangeliana; Spinellus fusiger; Calocera viscosa; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Rickenella fibula; Gymnopus peronatus; Trametes versicolor; Leccinum varicolor; Mycena sanguinolenta; Lactarius glyciosmus; Melampsoridium betulinum; Russula betularum; Mycena pura; Mycena rosea; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Lactarius tabidus; Laccaria laccata; Paxillus involutus; Phragmidium violaceum; Microsphaera alphitoides; Melampsora populnea; Puccinia punctiformis; Hormotheca robertiani; Amanita rubescens; Taphrina alni; Leccinum scabrum; Lycoperdon excipuliforme; Coprinellus micaceus; Russula ochroleuca; Lycoperdon perlatum; Lactarius quietus; Trochila ilicina; Laccaria amethystea; Russula fragilis; Amanita crocea; Rhodocollybia maculata; Rhytisma acerinum; Scleroderma citrinum; Leptosphaera acuta; Xylaria hypoxylon; Scleroderma verrucosum; Piptoporus betulinus; Polyporus leptocephalus; Crepidotus cesatii; Clavulinopsis fusiformis; Belonidium sulphureum; Gymnopus dryophilus; Pluteus salicinus; Mycena leptocephala; Lactarius rufus; Hebeloma velutipes and Daedaleopsis confragosa.
28th August 2014 - Fernilee Reservoir, Derbyshire - Back to this fine location this time with 14 eager beaver kids from work, by heck they don't half keep you busy. The list was sketchy of course but amidst the madness and fun I managed to ID these species:- Clitopilus prunulus; Leccinum versipelle; Leccinum scabrum; Boletus badius; Suillus grevellei; Phragmidium violaceum; Psathyrella candolleana; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Xylaria hypoxylon; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Oudemansiella mucida; Microsphaera alphitoides; Paxillus involutus; Lactarius quietus; Coprinellus lagopus; Rhopographus filicinus; Nectria cinnabarina; Laccaria laccata; Gymnopilus penetrans; Trametes versicolor; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Russula ochroleuca; Pholiota flammans; Gymnopus peronatus; Bulgaria inquinans; Laccaria amethystea and Hygrocybe acutoconica var. acutoconica.
25th Aug 2014 - Little Millford, Pembrokeshire - A lone Cep (Boletus edulis) was seen in a woodland that was getting its first real soaking in a long time.
24th Aug 2014 - Canaston Bridge, Pembrokeshire - Puccinia circae was seen on the leaves of Enchanter's Nightshade.
24th Aug 2014 - Manorbier Bay, Pembrokeshire - Laetiporus sulphureus was growing from a sturdy seaside bench and Puccinia menthae was seen on Spearmint leaves.
23rd Aug 2014 - Scolton CP, Pembrokeshire - Leccinum variicolor; Hypholoma fasciculare; Daedaleopsis confragosa and Pluteus cervinus were the only fungi noted in dry conditions.
21st Aug 2014 - Llandirindod Wells Lake, Powys - 4 fungal specimens, namely:- Daedaleopsis confragosa; Marasmius rotula; Phragmidium violaceum and Lacrymaria lacrymabunda.
17th August 2014 - Fernilee Reservoir, Derbyshire - 6 of us set off to get some early fungal identification in and to stop the rusting rot in our overcrowded minds. The rain threatened to ruin the day but held back after an opening burst and assisted in making this a quite rewarding stroll. The 47 species noted were:- Rickenella swartzii; Suillus grevellei; Leccinum scabrum; Claviceps purpurea; Rhopographus filicinus; Bjerkandera adusta; Nectria cinnabarina; Neobulgaria pura; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Melampsoridium betulinum; Gymnopus confluens; Xylaria hypoxylon; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Oudemansiella mucida; Stereum hirsutum; Melanotus horizontalis; Leotia lubrica; Gymnopus peronatus; Laccaria amethystea; Bulgaria inquinans; Ganoderma australe; Microsphaera alphitoides; Heterobasidion annosum; Megacollybia platyphylla; Tylopilus felleus; Lactarius tabidus; Peziza badia; Paxillus involutus; Amanita fulva; Mycena haematopus; Mycena galopus; Russula vesca; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Rickenella fibula; Russula ochroleuca; Hypocrea pulvinata; Piptoporus betulinus; Trametes versicolor; Rhytisma acerinum; Leptosphaeria acuta; Xerocomellus chrysenteron; Russula violepes; Pluteus phlebophorus; Crepidotus cesatii; Tarzetta cupularis and Parasola plicatilis.
16th August 2014 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Microsphaera euonymi-japonici was identified later in the day after much faffing about.
16th August 2014 - Gorsey Bank Park, Stockport, Cheshire - Agrocybe rivulosa on woodchip and Coprinellus disseminatus on a stump were 2 species seen after a 2 mile run - phew.
14th August 2014 - Formby NT, Lancashire - A small troop of Suillus bovinus was noted at the base of a Pine tree.
13th August 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Coleosporium tussilaginis was seen on the leaves of Red Bartsia.
13th August 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Gymnopus peronatus was seen in deciduous leaf litter whilst walking home.
9th August 2014 - Dommett Wood, Somerset - A wander with the East Devon Fungus Group led by Michael Jordan. Usual species were around and the final list was 30+ but I only made note of the odds ones, which were:- Ganoderme australe; Bjerkandera adusta; Amanita rubescens; Polyporus tuberaster; Bulgaria inquinans; Russula cyanoxantha; Tylopilus felleus; Nemania serpens and Fuscoporia ferrea. Not a bad wander with decent folk and considerable thanks to MJ and his good lady for the company and scram afterwards - yummy.
8th August 2014 - Portland BIll, Dorset - Same 4 species as 2 days earlier except no Mallow rust but Claviceps purpurea instead.
6th August 2014 - Portland BIll, Dorset - Some rusts, namely Puccinia vincae; Phragmidium violaceum and Puccinia malvacearum on Periwinkle, Bramble sp. and Mallow sp. respectively.
5th August 2014 - Warnham NR, West Sussex - Laetiporus sulphureus; Xylaria longipes and Psathyrella candolleana were noted whilst wandering this new area.
1st August 2014 - Coombe CP, Warwickshire - By heck I had better get focused on the 'shrooms again. Species seen today were:- Meripilus giganteus; Bjerkandera adusta; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes gibbosa; Piptoporus betulinus; Polyporus squamosus; Nectria cinnabarina; Microsphaera alphitoides; Erysiphe heraclei and the myxo Entiridium lycoperdon.
24th July 2014 - Heaton Moor, Cheshire - 2 specimens of Hygrocybe conica in the lawn outside work.
20th July 2014 - Poynton Park, Cheshire - The fungi season, quite slowly, starts here. Today Marsmius rotula; Pleurotus ostratus; Datronia mollis and Boletus luridiformis were all in fresh condition.
2nd July 2014 - Queens Silver Jubilee Trail/Velvet Trail, Southport, Lancashire - A wander in search of flowers and insects brought 2 fungal species, namely Puccinia punctiformis and Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae.
1st July 2014 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - An ascomycete fungus causing a plant gall, this one known as Taphrina populina.
22nd June 2014 - Dearnford Lake, Shropshire - Alder Tongue (Taphrina alni) was just coming through on several cones with one or two about an inch long. Other than that - still very quiet.
18th June 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Gnomomia ulmea was noted on the leaves of Elm.
15th June 2014 - Alyn Waters, Wrexham - Puccinia veronicae was spotted on the leaves of Wood Speedwell.
8th June 2014 - Nant Mill, Wrexham - The first Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) of the year - here we go again.
5th June 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Puccinia lapsanae was identified on Nipplewort with numerous Uredospores looked at and a few 2 celled Teliospores. Gymnosporangium confusum was also named after noting the tranversely elongated warts and ridges of the peridial cells.
25th May 2014 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Plenty of Hormotheca robertiani on the leaves of Herb Robert in the garden.
25th May 2014 - Ainsdale NE, Lancashire - Whilst mooching for bugs we spotted Calocera pallido-spathulata; Marasmius oreades; Bolbitius titubans; Puccinia lagenophorae and the myxo Fuligo septica.
17th May 2014 - Penrhros CP, Anglesey - Puccinia primulae; Phragmidium violaceum and Microbotryum silenes-dioicae were noted whilst on a nice realxing sunny walk.

10th May 2014 - Blackley Vale, G. Manchester - After much scrutiny via the microscope and considering Puccinia epilobii it turned out the rust fungus I had was the more common Puccinia pulverulenta in its telial stage. One of the main differences between the 2 species is that Puccinia pulverulenta has the odd floating single celled spore that is slightly echinulate as shown below, Puccinia epilobii never has these.

8th May 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Melampsora hypericorum was found on a cultivated Hypericum. Seems quite apt!
5th May 2014 - Potteric Carr, Doncaster, Yorkshire - Coprinellus micaceus; Fomes fomentarius; Puccinia violae; Psathyrella candolleana; Piptoporus betulinus; Calocybe gambosa; Auricularia-auricula judae; Scutellinia scutellata; Uromyces geranii and Puccinia phragmitis were spotted whilst mooching for bugs, birds and blooms.
1st May 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Puccinia punctiformis on Thistle; Entyloma ficariae on Lesser Celandine and Hormotheca robertiani on the leaves of Herb Robert were found and later identified.
30th April 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Puccinia hieracii observed on the leaves of Dandelion sp.
29th April 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Plasmopara nivea was observed on the underside of Ground Elder leaves.
26th April 2014 - Brierlow Bar, Derbyshire - Synchytrium taraxaci was noted on Dandelion leaves after we had visited the bookshop (again).
26th April 2014 - Tideswell, Derbyshire - Second spot of the day, more bits and pieces, it all gets recorded - Puccinia violae; Puccinia chaerophylli; Uromyces dactylidis; Puccinia urticata; Uromyces ficariae; Microbotryum silenes-dioicae; Polyporus durus; Melampsorella symphyti; Auricularia-auricular-judae; Daldinia concentrica and Trametes versicolor.
26th April 2014 - Millers Dale, Derbyshire - Puccinia chaerophylli; Puccinia aegopodii; Uromyces dactylidis; Pluteus romelli; Polyporus durus; Calocybe gambosa; Puccinia urticata; Uromyces ficariae; Puccinia albescens; Coprinellus micaceus; Microbotryum silenes-dioicae; Trametes gibbosa and Sarcoscypha austriaca were all seen whilst mooching around this lovely area.
24th April 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Puccinia pulverulenta on the young leaves of Willowherb was seen.
23rd April 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Another run with the fine better half, Common Mouse Ear was checked and the downy mildew Peronospora conferta was later identified via a bit of microscope work.
20th April 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A jog with the missus, walking back and Puccinia violae noted on Common Dog Violet.
19th April 2014 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - The rust Urocystis anemones was seen on, of course, the leaves of Wood Anemone and a single specimen of Agrocybe praecox was noted in grass at the side of a path. Ustilago vaillantii was the best find of the day, found on the anthers of Grape Hyacinth and confirmed (like most things these days) with microscopy at home.
18th April 2014 - Hawardan, Flintshire - Puccinia adoxae and Puccinia albescens was found on the leaves of Moschatel, Puccinia sessilis on Ramsons and Uromyces ficariae on Lesser Celandine.
18th April 2014 - Wepre CP, Flintshire - The Veiny Cup Fungus known as Disciotis venosa was spotted by my eagle eyed daughter.
19th March 2014 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A lone Coprinopsis atramentaria was seen by the pathside whilst wandering home in the sun.
18th March 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Melampsora euphorbiae was noted on an escapee Spurge.
15th March 2014 - Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire - Trachyspora intrusa was noted on its usual host of Ladie's Mantle.
2nd March 2014 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A birding trip resulted in us checking a Bamboo stand - Arthrinium phaeospermum was identified but there was another species too which looks like the Arthrinium stage of Apiospora montagnei however I need further proof of this latter growths identity before I commit - bugger it! Details sent to Chris Yeates the micro fungi man and notes received regarding the said species - all confirmed - nice one again sir.
19th February 2014 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - Usual winter species on show with Nectria coccinea; Schizophyllum commune and both Exidia plana and glandulosa the pick.
16th February 2014 - Risley Moss, Cheshire - Daedalea quercina; Polyporus brumalis and Sarcoscypha austriaca were the only species of note.
16th February 2014 - Rixton Clay Pits, Cheshire - Sarcoscypha austriaca and Clitocybe fragrans were the only two species that triggered interest although the wonderful abundance of Stereum hirsutum was nice to see.
8th February 2014 - Poise Brook, Stockport, Cheshire - A new place so anything seen is a new record, the list was full of old familiars but it is a start:- Trametes gibbosa; Trametes versicolor; Stereum hirsutum; Sarcomyxa serotina; Pleurotus ostreatus; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Hypholoma fasciculare; Coprinellus micaceus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Rhopographus filicinus; Auricularia-auricula judae; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Bjerkandera adusta; Xylaria carpophila; Phragmidium violaceum; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma and Hyphodontia sambuci.
25th January 2014 - Abney Hall/River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire -A wander to clear drowsy and stressed noggins. A few species new for the year were had, these being:- Puccinia vincae; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Mycena adscendens; Mollisia cinerea; Kretzschmaria deusta and the myxo Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa.
3rd January 2014 - Moore NR, Cheshire - Exidia recisa and Stereum gausapatum were noted whilst doing some easy as you go birding.
3rd January 2014 - Heaton Mersey Common NR (and area), Stockport, Cheshire - A wander in the dinner break, 22 species seen:- Exidia glandulosa; Melanotus horizontalis; Hypholoma fasciculare; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trochila ilicina; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trametes versicolor; Datronia mollis; Auricularia-auricula judae; Flammulina velutipes; Stereum hirsutum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Phlebia radiata; Pleurotus ostreatus; Chondrostereum purpureum; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Nectria cinnabarina; Exidia nucleata; Nectria peziza and the telial stage of Puccinia vincae.
2nd January 2014 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Geoglossum fallax; Hygrocybe pratensis; Hygrocybe psittacina; Leptoglossum retirugum; Laccaria laccata; Puccinia distincta and Albugo candida all noted whilst going to and from work and wandering around in the dinner break.
1st January 2014 - Abney Hall/River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Same route as last year due to similar circumstances, the result this time 48 species, 2 up on last year, yippee. The list was:- Ganoderma australe; Rhytisma acerinum; Exidia nucleata; Daldinia concentrica; Pleurotus ostreatus; Daldinia fissa; Peniophora incarnata; Rhopographus filicinus; Auricularia-auricula judae; Flammulina velutipes; Phragmidium violaceum; Trametes gibbosa; Chondrostereum purpureum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Puccinia lagenophorae; Postia subcaesia; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Coprinellus micaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Stereum hirsutum; Byssomerulius corium; Trametes versicolor; Sarcomyxa serotina; Phlebia radiata; Exidia glandulosa; Nectria cinnabarina; Geastrum triplex; Exidia plana; Dacrymyces stillatus; Trochila ilicina; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Stereum rameale; Callorina neglecta; Ganoderma resinaceum; Polyporus squamosus; Datrinia mollis; Hypholoma fasciculare; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Vuilleminia comedens; Leptosphaeria acuta; Peniophora quercina; Heterobasidion annosum; Crepidotus cesatii; Diatrypella quercina; Hymenoscyphus fagineus; Tubaria furfuracea; Tremella mesenterica and Xylaria carpophila.