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27 September 2009 - Etherow CP , Cheshire - Still no rain and things are getting desperate as the hope for a good fungal season slips away. 10 of us set off for this one and the reward was a list of 54 species which is way down on the usual tally for this great site. The ones ID's were:- Coprinus comatus; Ganoderma australe; Trametes gibbosa; Meripilus giganteus; Rhytisma acerinum; Laccaria laccata; Trametes versicolour; Bjerkandera adusta; Coprinus micaceus; Tricholoma fulvum; Rhodotus palmatus; Scutellinia scutellata; Stereum hirsutum; Diatrype disciformis; Auricularia mesenterica; Lactarius pubescens; Leccinum scabrum; Mycena galericulata; Stereum rugosum; Postia stiptica; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Hypoxylon multiforme; Amanita muscaria; Lactarius glyciosmus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Lacatrius turpis; Chalciporus piperatus; Piptoporus betulinus; Hypholoma fasiculare; Paxillus involutus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Xylaria hypoxylon; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Russula ochroleuca; Pluteus cervinus; Hyphodontia sambuci; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Mycena inclinata; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypomyces chrysosperma; Leccinum varicolour; Daldinia concentrica; Leotia lubrica; Amanita rubescens; Clavulina cristata; Mycena pura; Inocybe geophylla; Suillus grevellei; Gomphidius maculatus; Bolbitius titubans; Crepidotus applanatus; Parasola leiocephala; Hymenoscyphus epiphyllus. A touch of microscopy was needed here with a bit of progress made - yippee! The habitat of the Parasola speciemn had me thinking and the apple-shaped spores and general size helped towards the end decision.
23 September 2009 - Delamere Forest, Cheshire - 35 pairs of fungal eyes arrived today and thanks to all including Helen Broughton for her magnificent organisation and provision of packed lunches. I thought it was a nice day with some nice folk and it makes it all worthwhile for me when people are so keen. The list as we speak is at 52 species with a few conundrums to crack if I get time. These are the definites so far and if you want to refresh your memory just highlight any one of the given names, paste in google and have a look at the images it throws up - hopefully it will ring a few bells:- Coprinopsis atramentaria; Rhytisma acerinum; Stereum hirsutum; Lacrymaria velutina; Hypoxylon multiforme; Phallus impudicus; Scleroderma citrinum; Amanita rubescens; Russula ochroleuca; Paxillus involutus; Coprinus micaceus; Heterobasidion annosum; Boletus badius; Boletus chrysenteron; Hypholoma fasiculare; Laccaria laccata; Gymnopolis penetrans; Amanita muscaria; Amanita citrina; Amanita citrina var alba; Piptoporus betulinus; Lycoperdon perlatum; Ganoderma australe; Peniophora quercina; Hebeloma crustuliniforme; Pluerotus ostreatus; Russula atropurpurea; Pluteus cervinus; Leccinum scabrum; Amanita fulva; Lactarius turpis; Lactarius tabidas; Lactarius blennius; Schizopora paradoxa; Coprinus comatus; Trametes versicolour; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Boletus erythropus; Laccaria amethystea; Apiocrea chrysenteron; Meripilus giganteus; Bjerkandera adusta; Pholiota flammans; Boletus edulis; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Amanita rubescens; Hirschioporus abietinus; Fistulina hepatica; Suillus grevellei; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Lepiota brebbisonii; Agaricus arvensis; Mycena galericulata; Xylaria hypoxylon. Also we found two myxomycetes namely Fulago septica and Tubifera ferruginea.
19 September 2009 - Delamere Forest, Cheshire - Still no rain - aaagghhhh - and an impending walk at the forest in a few days. The solution - well there isn't one but a quick reccie would highlight how much of a struggle I would be facing. In fact things didn't turn out too bad and the list of 42 was a good return for little effort in poor mushrooming conditions. Coprinopsis atramentaria; Rhytisma acerinum; Lacrymaria velutina; Stereum hirsutum; Coprinus micaceus; Hypholoma fasiculare; Heterobasidion annosum; Gymnopolis penetrans; Nectria cinnabarina; Scleroderma citrinum; Paxillus involutus; Laccaria laccata; Phallus impudicus; Biscogniauxia nummularium; Hypoxylon multiform; Trametes versicolor; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Amanita citrinum; Cudoniella acicularis; Lycoperdon perlatum; Hebeloma crustuliniforme; Pluteus cervinus; Pluteus salicinus; Lacatarius tabidas; Piptoprus betulinus; Boletus chrysenteron; Russula ochroleuca; Apiocrea chrysosperma; Russula sororia; Lacatrius turpis; Russula atropurpurea; Leccinum scabrum; Russula nigricans; Amanita fulva; Peniophora quercina; Fistulina hepatica; Amanita rubescens; Boletus badius; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Pholiota flammans and Mycena leucogala. Amanita citrina var Alba was seen in a small trooping group and the myxomycete Fulago septica was noted in several places.

18 September 2009 - Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire - 15 of us set out on a foray that was loaded with the expectation of finding very littel due to the still arid conditions. We struggled but managed a decent 51 species which were:- Lycoperdon perlatum; Suillus variegatus; Lactarius glyciosmus; Boletus porosporus; Boletus edulis; Rhytisma acerinum; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Lactarius pubescens; Calvatia excipuliformis; Collybia confluens; Peniophore quercina; Stropharia caerulea; Agaricus bitorquis; Coprinopsis atramentaria; Amanita rubescens; Russula mairei; Lactarius blennius; Clitopilus prunulus; Russula ochroleuca; Hypoxylon multiforme; Laccaria laccata; Leccinum scabrum; Scleroderma citrinum; Paxillus involutus; Ganoderma australe; Amanita muscaria; Trametes versicolor; Coprinus micaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Phallus impudicus; Boletus chrysenteron; Apiocrea chrysosperma; Boletus aestivalis; Geastrum triplex; Pluteus cervinus; Piptoporus betulinus; Coprinus comatus; Lacatrius torminosus; Hebeloma crustuliniforme; Boletus badius; Lactarius turpis; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Tricholoma fulvum; Cortinarius alboviolaceus; Cortinarius anomalus; Otidea alutacea; Tricholoma sciodes; Pluteus ephebius; Datronia mollis. Thanks to Micheal Jordan for a few ID's and again thanks to all who attended and especially Mark Huntley and his family for giving us access to these private grounds and contributing to another great day.

13 September 2009 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - 4 of us were in attendance on a day when the woods were bone dry and fungi were a struggle to find. 32 species were made up of Trametes gibbosa; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolour; Calvatia gigantea; Rhytisma acerinum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Pholiota squarrosa; Tubaria furfuracea; Coprinus micaceus; Datronia mollis; Scutellinia scutellata; Nectria cinnabarina; Bjerkandera adusta; Laccaria amethystea; Trochila ilicina; Ganoderma australe; Lactarius quietus; Diatrype disciformis; Xerula radicata; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Pluteus cervinus; Scleroderma citrinum; Laccaria laccata; Mycena pura; Russula nigricans; Boletus chrysenteron; Apiocrea chrysosperma; Xyalria polymorpha; Crepidotus mollis; Daldinia concentrica; Auricularia auricula-judae; Russula ochroleuca and Biscogniauxia nummularia.
8 September 2009 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - A quick 45 minute check of the area before Sundays walk proved what I feared - dry ground and some hard mooching needed to find much. Pluteus cervinus; Laccaria laccata; Laccaria amethystea; Marasmius rotula and Coprinus micaceus were the best of a small list.
5 September 2009 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A six hour wander didn't give much in return on the fungal front (35 species in fact) but we tried and had a lovely walk anyway. Here's the list and in truth all were appreciated:- Fistulina hepatica; Russula nigricans; Piptoporus betulinus; Volvariella bombycina; Auricularia auricula-judae; Bolbitius titubans; Exidea nucleata; Gymnopolis junonius; Mycena galopus; Grifola frondosa; Hypholoma fasiculare; Russula ochroleuca; Leccinum scabrum; Hypoxylon multiforme; Neobulgaria pura; Meripilus giganteus; Scleroderma aerolatum; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Trichoderme viride; Datronia mollis; Psathyrella candolleana; Macrolepiota procera; Rickenella fibula; Nectria cinnabarina; Laetiporus sulphureus; Scleroderma citrinum; Ganoderma australe; Xylaria polymorpha; Mycena galericulata; Russula ionochlora; Entoloma lazulinum, Clavulinopsis helvola and Laccaria laccata.
31 August 2009 - Fernilee Reservoir, Derbyshire - The season approaches fast and I am as rusty as ever when it comes to identifying many fungi. So as usual the answer is a trip to one of our favourite places to do a bit of swotting up and hopefully get my eye (and nose) back in the groove. The list of 36 species was as follows:- Laccaria laccata; Laccaria amethystea; Stereum hirsutum; Piptoporus betulinus; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Dacrymyces stillatus; Russula atropurpurea; Suillus grevillei; Mycena galopus; Tricholoma fulvum; Nectria cinnabarina; Leccinum scabrum; Amanita rubescens; Amanita crocea; Fistulina hepatica; Amanita muscaria; Mycena inclinata; Phallus impudicus; Laetiporus sulphureus; Mycena pura; Lactarius turpis; Hypholoma fasiculare; Russula claroflava; Leccinum aurantiacum; Tylopilus felleus; Russula cyanoxantha; Amanita fulva; Marasmius androceus; Russula ochroleuca; Heterobasidion annosum; Collybia maculata; Lactarius tabidus; Mycena swartzii, Postia subcaesia and Rhytisma acerinum.
18 August 2009 - Wooton Bridge; New Forest , Hampshire - A bit more fungal mooching with Boletus badius; Russula atropurpurea; Phellinus igniarius; Lactarius quietus; Russula ochroleuca; Leccinum varicolour; Psathyrella candolleana; Amanita excelsa; Hypholoma fasiculare; Amanita fulva; Piptoporus betulinus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Ganoderma australe; Boletus aestivalis; Mycena haematopus; Amanita citrina and Fulago septica.
18 August 2009 - New Forest , Hampshire - Although looking for Woodland Grasshoppers we thought it worth while, as always, to have a mooch for some mushies. Fulago septica; Amanita rubescens; Scleroderma citrinum; Lactarius quietus; Collybia fusipes; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Boletus aestivalis; Amanita fulva; Russula mairei; Ganoderma australe; Russula ochroleuca; Oudemansiella mucida; Pseudoboletus parasiticus; Laccaria laccata; Amanita excelsa; Tylopilus felleus and Cantharellus cibarius made up a nice list.
17 August 2009 - Sopley Common, Dorset - 5 Death Caps and more Coltricia perrenis just on the periphery of the main heathland.
17 August 2009 - Morden Bog , Dorset - Lactarius turpis; Amanita rubescens and Lactarius deliciosus were the only finds of the day.
15 August 2009 - Purbeck Moors , Dorset - Polyporus floccipes on an old branch was a new one for us.
13 August 2009 - Kingcombe Meadows, Dorset - Stropharia semiglobata was the only find at this quaint reserve.
13 August 2009 - Lyme Regis, Devon - A stunning Death Cap was an unexpected find on the outskirts of this popular resort.
12 August 2009 - Arne RSPB, Dorset - More grasshoppering resulted in finding Scleroderma citrinum; Laccaria amethystea; Russula nigricans; Chlorosplenium aeruginascens; Russula sororia; Meripilus giganteus; Russula ochroleuca; Trametes gibbosa; Hypholoma fasiculare; Macrolepiota procera; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Coltricia perennis; Fuligo septica; Lactarius quietus; Hapalopilus nidulans; Russula mairei, Lactarius deterrimus and Russula atropurpurea.
9 August 2009 - Stonehill Down, Dorset - Coprinus niveus and Macrolepiota procera were in fine condition and a nice bonus whilst looking for Orthopteran specimens.
1 August 2009 - Stockport, Cheshire - After recently coming across Paxillus involutus in Birch woodland a stumpier looking Paxillus growing on a grass verge in a somewhat urbanised area attracted my attention. Paxillus validus is the conclusion and the general jizz and difference in spore length pointed to this end identification.
31 July 2009 - Stockport , Cheshire - Walking home yet again produced Hygrocybe conica in two locations, Inocybe geophylla, Boletus rubellus and Leccinum scabrum.
30 July 2009 - Stockport , Cheshire - Walking home Coprinus comatus and Boletus pulverulentus were both seen in fruit.
29 July 2009 - Mere Sands Wood , Lancashire - With the recent downpours a few specimens had started to show their fruiting bodies. Psathyrella candolleana; Paxillus involutus; Ganoderma adspersum, Trametes gibbosa; Chondrostereum purpureum; Trametes versicolor; Amanita rubescens; Phallus impudicus; Stereum hirsutum; Heterobasidion annosum; Gymnopolis penetrans; Helvella crispa; Piptoporus betulinus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Scleroderma citrinum; Bjerkandera adusta; Galerina mutabilis; Mycena galopus; Marasmius ramealis; Polyporus leptocephalus; Dacrymyces stillatus; Leucocoprinus brebissonii; Tarzetta cupularis; Lactarius tabidus and Meripilus giganteus gave a good return for little effort. When heading for the location we pulled up at some makeshift traffic lights whereupon a couple of blackish growths from the seed heads of an unfamilar grass species took my eye. As the traffic lights changed I was thwarted in my attempt to jump out and grab a specimen I suspected could be something special. Returning home we parked up and I gathered the said growths. Bingo - Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) - the dreaded peril that afflicted so many in days gone by with the terrible affliction known as Ergotism later to be called St Anthony's Fire. Click here to read a few spine-chilling details.
27 July 2009 - Stockport, Cheshire - Over the last few weeks a few species have come to my attention as I walk to and from work. Russula pectinatoides, Rickenella fibula, Clavaria fragilis, Hygrocybe conica and Agaricus bitorquis have all beeen noted after the recent heavy downfalls. Given the chance I'd love to have a mooch around some local woodland but alas times are busy.
21 June 2009 - Anderton NR, Cheshire - A nice cluster of Agrocybe rivulosa was at the approaching roadside but the best find was Uromyces geranii on Meadow Cranes-Bill leaves. Another micro species that is keeping the list ticking over nicely. Puccinia diffiformis or punctata was seen on Goosegrass leaves but how to seperate the two is a puzzle I have yet to find the answer to.
20 June 2009 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A solitary Amanita excelsa was all that was seen on a brief visit.
9 June 2009 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - Whilst collecting more Willow leaves for my Puss Moth collection I located Meadowseet Rust (Triphragmium ulmariae) on the said host.
8 June 2009 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport - Puccinia lagenophorae was found on Groundsel whilst walking to work. A new one for me.
6 June 2009 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - Whilst on a coleoptera walk some rusty ozonium was spotted and a Coprinus specimen taken. C. domesticus was identified with its brown spores that are smaller than closely related species. The shape of the cheilocystidia confirmed the ID. Yeah I know - technical talk but essential when trying to get to grips with some species.
2 June 2009 - Alexander Park, Stockport, Cheshire - Albugo candida was spotted on Shepherds Purse and is a new one for me.
24 May 2009 - Anderton NR, Cheshire - Only 1 macro species today with some manky Deer Fungus (Pluteus cervinus) poking out from a log in damp woodland. On the micro fungi front it was slightly better with Puccinia urtica (on Nettle), Puccinia poarum (on Colts-Foot) and Puccinia phragmitis (on Dock) all nice to see. Photographs of the latter 3 species will follow.
23 May 2009 - Abney Hall , Stockport, Cheshire - St Georges Mushroom in manky condition and a few shrivelling specimens of Tremella mesenterica.
21 May 2009 - Alexander Park, Stockport, Cheshire - Whilst collecting Willow leaves to feed my ever-growing Puss Moth larvae I noticed the small cup fungus Puccinia pulverulenta growing on some Willow-Herb leaves. A new one for me and photos will follow.
17 May 2009 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - Uromyces muscari was seen on Bluebell leaves and 2 specimens of Mycena galopus were found under a log. A ugly looking specimen turned out to be none other than St Georges Mushroom but didn't look at all edible on todays's evidence.
16 May 2009 - Nunsmere Hall , Cheshire - A quick wander before heading off home after a fruitless nights mothing resulted in finding an abundance of Agrocybe praecox amongst a wood chipped Bluebell bed and also several Pine Cone Caps (Strobilurus tenacellus).
10 May 2009 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - Kuehneola uredinis was seen in plentiful amounts on one patch of Bramble stems.
18 April 2009 - Leigh, Lancashire - Whilst calling off to pick up another fungi book we decided to take up an invite from Joan Disley to see Morchella elata growing in her wood-chipped front garden. A good cup of tea and a nice chat with herself and husband was a pleasant bonus.
13 April 2009 - Millers Dale, Peak District, Derbyshire - A pale trumpet shaped mushroom had me quite puzzled and the only guess I could make at its identity was a Polyporus species. The smooth creamy colour of the entire fruiting body didn't ring any bells whatsoever and after consulting further literature at home I was still a little unsure. Enter Micheal Jordan. I packed off the specimen to the ABFG leader and within two days got the confirmation that it was only Black-foot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus). Not a rarity but thanks to the ABFG the irritating conundrum was solved.
11 April 2009 - Mere Sands Wood , Lancashire - More Pine Cone Caps (Strobilurus tenacellus) specimens were scattered throughout the Pine trees and 1 dried Ear Pick (Auriscalpium vulgare) was located.
11 April 2009 - Ainsdale Natural England, Lancashire - Pine Cone Caps (Strobilurus tenacellus) were plentiful on Pine, 16 specimens of Thimble Morel (Verpa conica) were noted and two False Morels (Gyromitra esculenta) were located after being given the tip off. Some fresh Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) was rather late and some fairly new Jews Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) was noted. Root Fomes (Heterobasidion annosum) was also seen on Pine logs.
29 March 2009 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - 60 Dumontinia tuberosa were found with Wood Anemone. Trying to photograph these tiny growths was very difficult as the light was hit and miss and the size and colour seemed to have the camera perplexed. Coprinus micaceus was evident in clusters and a few Lumpy Brackets (Trametes gibbosa) were past their sell by date.
15 March 2009 - Moore NR, Lancashire - More Scarlet Elf Cup this time the species being Sarcoscypha austriaca.
7 March 2009 - Rixton Clay Pits, Lancashire - Only more Scarlet Elf Cup and after comparison with the Risley Moss specimen I pronounce this one Sarcoscypha coccinea.
7 March 2009 - Risley Moss NR, Lancashire - Several cups of both Caloscypha fulgens and Scarlet Elf cup were located. Once again microscopic examination is needed to determine the exact species of the Elf Cup. After microscopic examination the hairs on the outer surface had several that were corkscrewed and some that were just curved so on this evidence and spore detail Sarcoscypha austriaca seems the culprit.


1 March 2009 - Etherow CP, Cheshire - 54 saucers of Scarlet Elf Cup were located as well as a few other bog standard species. After studious examination of spores and external hairs a decision was reached that the species of Scarlet Elf Cup in question was indeed Scarcoscypha coccinea. Straightish hairs seems to be the main indicator.
28 February 2009 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - Not really looking for fungi we noticed Tremella mesenterica aplenty, with 1 solitary Hypholoma fasiculare, some Hypoxylon multiforme, Xylaria hypoxylon, Daedaleopsis and Trametes Gibbosa.
11 January 2009 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A wander around with John Taylor of Fungal Friends and the North West Fungus Group came up with plenty of the usual suspects as well as one or two that need further identification. Mollisia cinerea was agreed upon with other additions being Xylaria carpophila; Polyporus brumalis and loads of Datronia miolluis which is a particular favourite of mine. Also added later by JT were Schizopora paradoxa; Peniophora quercina; Hohenbuehelia atrocaerulea; Tubaria furfuracea; Mycoacia fuscoatra; Phanerochaete velutina; Scopuloides rimosa; Dasyscyphus brevipilus; Hypomyces aurantius 
1 January 2009 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A New Years Day fungal mooch came up with a list of 33 species with a few to sort out if at all. Piptoporus betulinus; Pleurotus ostreatus; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes gibbosa; Trametes versicolour; Scleroderma citrinum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Eutypa spinosa; Hapalopilus nidulans; Ganoderma australe; Dacrymyces stillatus; Datronia mollis; Mycena inclinata; Trichoderma viride; Rhytisma acerinum; Lepista nuda; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypoxylon multiforme; Nectria cinnabarina; Bulgaria inquinans; Chondrostereum purpureum; Bisporella citrinum; Flammulina velutipes; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Tremella mesenterica; Scutellinia scutellata; Phlebia radiata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Xylaria carpophila; Collybia butyracea; Daldinia concentrica; Lepista flaccida; Ischnoderma benzoinum
14 December 2008 - Abney Hall, Cheshire - A quick wander located Exidia nucleata; Clitocybe nebularis; Flammulina velutipes; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Nectria cinnabarina; Mycena galericulata; Bjerkandera adusta; Stereum hirsutum; Chrondrostereum purpureum; Scutellinia scutellata; Trametes versicolour; Xylaria hypoxylon; Hygrocybe pratensis
16 November 2008 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - With everybody busy it was myself, lovely wife Gillian and John Taylor of the NWFG and Fungal Friends who set out with hopes of finding very little and yet turned up a sizeable list with the wood encrusting species contributing greatly to the final count. 61 species were seen with more to add I hope after a bit of necessary homework. The list was:- Hygrocybe nivea; Ischnoderma benzoinum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Clitocybe nebularis; Macrolepiota rhacodes; Gymnopilus penetrans; Hirschioporus abietinus; Phaelous schweinitizii; Piptoporus betulinus; Bulgar inquinans; Paneolus rickenii; Meripilus giganteus; Macrolepiota procera; Psilocybe semilanceata; Entoloma conferendum; Flammulina velutipes; Rhytisma acerinum; Clitocybe fragrans; Stropharia semiglobata; Diatrype disciformis; Lactarius blennius; Schizophyllum commune; Bisporella citrinum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Physosporinus sanguinolentus; Bjerkandera adusta; Stereum hirsutum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Mycena galericulata; Mycena inclinata; Dacrymyces stillatus; Calocera cornea; Trametes versicolour; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Auricularia auricula-judae; Ganoderma australe; Exidea glandulosa; Scutellinia scutellata; Datronia mollis; Hapalopilus nidulans; Pholiota squarrosa; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Collybia butyracea; Trametes gibbosa; Coniophora puteana; Phlebia radiata; Mycena galopus; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Coprinus micaceus; Amillaria ostoyae; Cordyceps militaris; Lepista nuda; Mollisia cinerea; Eutypa spinosa; Chondrostereum purpureum; Hypocrea rufa (imperfect stage), Trichoderma viride (perfect stage), Tremella mesenterica, Parasola plicatilis. After the walk my wife and I ate an Oyster Mushroom omlette when at home - nice!

31 October 2008 - 2 November 2008 - Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire - On the private grounds of this classy hotel we wined and dined on various mushroom dishes of Chanterelle, Oyster Mushrooms, Ceps, Puffballs and Truffles and I led a foray on the Saturday in three nicely timed segments. Mark Huntley the hotel manager and family all took a hands on approach which was greatly appreciated and helped make the 3 day stay a pleasure. After initial worries of a barren period the final total reached a respectable 59 with one or two nice finds. The list was:- Postia subcaesia; Boletus edulis; Scleroderma citrinum; Heterobasidion annosum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Mycena pura; Handkea excipuliformis; Tricholoma fulvum; Laetiporus sulphureus; Rickenella fibula; Cystoderma amianthinum; Collybia maculata; Xylaria longipes; Hirschioporus abietinus; Stropharia caerulea; Lactarius pubescens; Geastrum triplex; Chalciporus Piperatus; Gomphidius glutinosus; Piptoporus betulinus; Collybia butyracea; Clitocybe nebularis; Ganoderma australe; Scleroderma aerolatum; Scleroderma verrucosum; Leccinum scabrum; Coprinus micaceus; Amanita muscaria; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Trametes versicolour; Xylaria hypoxylon; Hypxylon fragiforme; Hypoxylon multiforme; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stereum hirsutum; Daldinia concentrica; Exidea nucleata; Dacrymyces stillatus; Nectria cinnabarina; Phallus impudicus; Bjerkandera adusta; Lepista nuda; Polyporus varius; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Russula ochroleuca; Trochila ilicina; Mycena swartzii; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Rhytisma acerinum; Coprinus comatus; Bisporella citrina; Crepidotus variabilis; Mycena galericulata; Mycena galopus; Boletus badius; Lactarius turpis; Lactarius quietus; Laccaria laccata

30 October 2008 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - With a few young carers from work myself and two staff headed to this fine area for a foray hopefully awash with waxcaps and other late fruiting delights. Not so and the best of a shabby haul were some cracking Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) of which I took about a third to eat. Other specimens were Ischnoderma benzoinum; Pleurotus pulmonarius; Hygrocybe pratensis and Bulgaria inquinans.
28 October 2008 - Puddletown Forest; Dorset - After the brief visit a couple of days before we came back and added the following species:- Heterobasidion annosum; Paxillus involutus; Collybia maculata; Bjerkandera adusta; Russula sardonia; Postia caesia; Lycoperdon perlatum; Inocybe geophylla; Inocybe geophylla var. Lilacina; Russula nobilis; Hygrocybe nivea; Amanita muscaria; Leccinum varicolour; Panellus stipticus; Pluteus cervinus; Boletus badius; Trichomolopsis rutilans; Dacrymyces stillatus; Calocera viscosa; Mycena galopus; Leptoglossum retirugum
26 October 2008 - Puddletown Forest; Dorset - A quick mooch located Amanita rubescens; Collybia butyracea; Mycena pura; Lycoperdon perlatum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Laccaria amethystea; Mycena galopus var. Candida; Trametes versicolor; Scleroderma citrinum; Sparassis crispa; Clitocybe nebularis; Lepista nuda; Russula ochroleuca; Laccaria laccata
26 October 2008 - Kingston Lacy; Dorset - Tagging along with the Dorset Fungus Group seemed an ideal opportunity to see how others deliver the goods during a good old foray. The rain poured but the show went on and the following species gave high reward on a light hearted ramble:- Lepista flaccida; Grifola frondosa; Mycena rosea; Gymnopolis penetrans; Stropharia cereula; Xerula radicata; Lacrymaria lacrymabunda ; Macrolepiota procera; Agaricus xanthoderma; Bjerkandera adusta; Polyporus squammosus; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes gibbosa; Trametes versicolour; Phleogena faginea; Aleuria aurantia; Coprinus picaceus; Lactarius quietus; Hypholoma fasiculare; Lepista nuda; Auricularia auricula-judae; Agaricus placomyces; Mycena epipterygia var. splendidipes
25 October 2008 - Rufus Stone, New Forest, Hampshire - Just the 3 of us struggled to make a list and the 63 species found didn't meet our high expectations. The species found were:- Ganoderma australe; Trametes versicolour; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Coprinus micaceus; Pluteus cervinus; Pluteus leoninus; Hypholoma fasiculare; Clavulina cristata; Collybia butyracea; Laccaria laccata; Cordyceps militaris; Tricholoma fulvum; Clavulina cinerea; Mycena crocata; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Laccaria amethysea; Phlebia radiata; Hygrocybe laeta; Daldinia quercina; Craterellus cornucopioides; Polyporus varius; Panellus stipticus; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Lactarius blennius; Trochila ilicina; Phallus impudicus; Russula ochroleuca; Mycena rosea; Lactarius chrysoreus; Rickenella fibula; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Pleurotus ostreatus; Oudemansiella mucida; Neobulgaria pura; Phleogena faginea; Bjerkandera adusta; Meripilus giganteus; Scleroderma citrinum; Hydnum rufescens; Russula nobilis; Clitocybe nebularis; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Amanita citrina var. alba; Lycoperdon foetidum; Exidea nucleata; Mycena inclinata; Amanita citrina; Chlorosplenium aeruginascens; Trametes gibbosa; Crepdotus mollis; Xerula radicata; Piptoporus betulinus; Hypoxylon multiforme; Lecinum scabrum; Mycena pura; Pleurotus cornucopiae; Stropharia semiglobata; Lycoperdon perlatum; Diatrype disciformis; Hymenochaete rubiginosa; Cantharellus infundibuliformis; Coprinus patouillardii

19 October 2008 - Ainsdale Natural England, Lancashire - 23 of us set off on a foray that didn't produce the amount of species Ainsdale is capable of turning up but provided quite enough to get on with. The final count on the day was 46 with a few to mull over taken home. The list was:- Clitocybe nebularis; Coprinus micaceus; Hirschioporus abietinus; Xylaria longipes; Crepidotus mollis; Rhytisma acerinum; Russula ochroleuca; Stereum hirsutum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Hypoxylon multiforme; Xylaria hypoxylon; Trametes versicolour; Daldinia concentrica; Dacrymyces stillatus; Exidia nucleata; Pholiota squarrosa; Nectria cinnabarina; Mycena galericulata; Gymnopilus penetrans; Mycena galopus; Pluteus cervinus; Crepdotus variabilis; Geastrum triplex; Rickenella fibula; Lactarius tabidus; Russula sardonia; Lycoperdon perlatum; Octospora rutilans; Cystoderma amianthinum; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Leccinum scabrum; Calvatia excipuliformis; Stropharia aeruginosa; Collybia butyracea; Amanita citrina; Piptoporus betulinus; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Laccaria amethystina; Lepista flaccida; Clitocybe fragrans; Cordyceps ophioglossoides; Lactarius turpis; Scutellinia scutellata; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Cudoniella acicularis, Postia subcaesia. 2 myxomycetes were also noted with the popping orange pimples of Lycogala epidendron amusing all and Tubifera ferruginea located later on. I thought I had reached the set target of 50 but repetitions on the list were found - hey ho but at least I returned home with the brolly! Thanks to Mike for organising the event and to everyone who attended and lasted the 3 hour foray - really good company!

Russula xerampelina was found on the way home outside a garden near Mere Sands Wood. A really crabby smelling Russula this and one that turns green with a Ferrous Sulphate addition. Definitely one to watch out for!

18 October 2008 - Etherow CP, Cheshire - 20 people in total and an end total of 69 species was the result of a good day indeed. The weather held up until the last half hour when a bit of light rain tried to dampen our spirits - silly clouds. The list was as thus:- Meripilus giganteus; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Rhytisma acerinum; Coprinus comatus; Coprinus atramentarius; Ganoderma australe; Auricularia auricula-judae; Leotia lubrica; Lactarius glyciosmus; Laccaria amethystina; Hypholoma fasiculare; Scleroderma verrucosum; Laccaria laccata; Coprinus micaceus; Helvella crispa; Stereum hirsutum; Mycena galericulata; Mycena galopus; Stereum rugosum; Marasmius ramealis; Clavariadelphus junceus; Clavulina cristata; Calocera viscosa; Trametes versicolour; Xylaria hypoxylon; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Crepidotus variabilis; Crepidotus mollis; Neobulgaria pura; Gymnopilus junious; Calocera viscosa; Gymnopilus penetrans; Dacrymyces stillatus; Scleroderma aerolatum; Nectria cinnabarina; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Heterobasidion annosum; Phallus impudicus; Cudoniella acicularis; Hyphodontia sambuci; Piptoporus betulinus; Lactarius quietus; Amanita fulva; Cordyceps militaris; Galerina mutabilis; Xylaria longipes; Exidia nucleata; Pluteus cervinus; Lactarius blennius; Collybia butyracea; Pholiota squarrosa; Rickenella fibula; Aleuria aurantia; Diatrype disciformis; Hygrocybe psittacina; Mycena swartzii; Inocybe geophyla; Daldinia concentrica; Scleroderma citrinum; Mollisia cinerea; Auricularia mesenterica; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Lactarius pubescens; Clitopilus prunulus; Tricholoma fulvum; Collybia confluens; Leccinum scabrum; Amanita muscaria
12 October 2008 - Moore NR, Cheshire - Tony Carter from the North West Fungus Group joined the walk today and it was decided that it would be a joint leadership which I felt really benefitted the whole day. Between us I think we did good by the attendants and created a list of 77 species with one or two pretty decent finds on it. 15 of us set off at 11pm and the list was as follows:- Rhytisma acerinum; Scleroderma verrucosum; Coprinus comatus; Hygrocybe conica; Cystoderma amianthium; Coprinus plicatilis; Piptoporus betulinus; Trametes versicolour; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Laccaria laccata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Chondrostereum purpureum; Hypoxylon multiforme; Amanita muscaria; Nectria cinnabarina; Gymnopilus junonius; Russula ochroleuca; Diatrype disciformis; Coprinus micaceus; Lactarius glyciosmus; Ganoderma australe; Hygrocybe pratensis; Lycoperdon perlatum; Hygrocybe irrigata; Hygrocybe psittacina; Clavulinopsis helvola; Clitocybe nebularis; Schizopora paradoxa; Scleroderma citrinum; Pholiota squarrosa; Mycena ascendens; Pluteus cervinus; Collybia butyracea; Mycena arcangeliana; Bjerkandera adusta; Dacrymyces stillatus; Mollisia cinerea; Mycena galopus; Psathyrella conopilus; Clitocybe fragrans; Scutellinia scutellata; Mycena galericulata; Laetiporus sulphureus; Auricularia auricula-judae; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Hypholoma fasiculare; Xylaria longipes; Lepista flaccida; Mycena pura; Boletus badius; Datronia mollis; Tricholoma fulvum; Polyporus varius; Stereum hirsutum; Coniophora puteana; Lactarius turpis; Coprinus disseminatus; Paxillus involutus; Resupinatus applicatus; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Russula atropurpurea; Chamaemyces fracidus; Lactarius pubescens; Rickenella fibula; Bovista plumbea; Bolbitius vittelinus; Clitocybe gibba; Clitocybe metachroa; Psathyrella microrrhiza; Panaeolus papilionaceus; Hygrocybe ceracea; Hygrocybe miniata; Hygrocybe reidii; Inocybe cookei; Entoloma rhodopolium; Entoloma papillatum; Psathyrella pseudogracilis - the final 12 species were added after Tony had done a bit of microscopy work - cheers.
11 October 2008 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - Leading 2 beginners walks around the Marbury area left me no time to really list but a total of 54 species were seen and spoke about. Both walks lasted approximately 2 hours with 37 attending the first and 27 on the second. A few of the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FOAM) also joined in and greatly contributed to a day that was friendly and delightful to be a part of. The list comprised of:- Coprinus plicatilis; Scleroderma verrucosum; Volvariella speciosa; Stropharia aurantiaca; Amanita muscaria; Aleuria aurantia; Collybia butyracea; Hypholoma fasiculare; Lactarius turpis; Trametes versicolour; Piptoporus betulinus; Paxillus involutus; Amanita rubescens; Tricholoma fulvum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Coprinus micaceus; Mycena galericulata; Mycena galopus; Mycena arcangeliana; Ganoderma australe; Bjerkandera adusta; Hyphodontia sambuci; Galerina mutabilis; Pleurotus ostreatus; Laccaria laccata; Russula ochroleuca; Pluteus cervinus; Scutellinia scutellata; Scleroderma citrinum; Scleroderma aerolatum; Calocera viscosa; Xylaria hypoxylon; Xylaria fragiforme; Rhytisma acerinum; Stereum hirsutum; Nectria cinnabarina; Chrondostereum purpureum; Xylaria polymorpha; Daldinia concentrica; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Bulgar inquinans; Clitocybe nebularis; Boletus badius; Lactarius quietus; Lepista flaccida; Merulius tremellosus; Clavulina cinerea; Coprinus atramentarius; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Lactarius glyciosmus; Collybia erythropus; Mycena rosea; Stereum sanguinolentum; Clitocybe gibba
10 October 2008 - Torkington Park, Hazel Grove, Stockport - 1 troop of Gymnopilus junonius held 40 fruiting bodies which was quite a satisfying sight.
4 October 2008 - Nunsmere Hall, Cheshire - After a night at the hall we met up with Mark Huntley and did a brief reccie of the grounds before the proposed walk takes place there at the end of the month. Not a huge list but the potential is there. The 27 species located and named were - Leccinum Scabrum; Amanita muscaria; Russula ochroleuca; Phallus impudicus; Collybia confluens; Collybia maculata, ; Lactarius torminosus; Hypoxylon multiforme; Stereum hirsutum; Coprinus comatus; Rickenella fibula; Scleroderma citrinum; Scleroderma aerolatum; Helvella lacunosa; Rhytisma acerinum; Lactarius blennius; Amanita excelsa; Cystoderma amianthinum; Russula aeruginea
1 October 2008 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - Wind and rain were forecast and in truth we only got the wind (the meteorological kind thank goodness). 18 people were in attendance primarily made up of the enthusiastic Friends of Etherow Country Park - cheers to Wayne for his recruitment programme for that - oh and the lift back into Stockport - ta mate). So on a knackered ankle (the effects of age and skate-boarding stupidity) we all set off and in 3 hours came up with a list of 40. These were - Calocera cornea; Stereum hirsutum; Pleurotus ostreatus; Trametes versicolour; Laccaria amethystina; Russula ochroleuca; Galerina mutabilis; Scutellinia scutellata; Crepidotus mollis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Lactarius blennius; Scleroderma verrucosum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Bulgaria inquinans; Nectria cinnabarina; Pholiota squarrosa; Macrolepiota rhacodes; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Leotia lubrica; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Coprinus micaceus; Daldinia concentrica; Postia subcaesia; Xylaria hypoxylon; Dacrymyces stillatus; Flammulina velutipes; Russula atropurpurea; Clavulina cristata; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stropharia aurantiaca; Coprinus comatus; Russula nigricans; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Xylaria polymorpha; Bisporella citrina; Phallus impudicus; Mycena pura; Coprinus lagopides; Pseudocraterellus undulatus
27 September 2008 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A reccie visit was made to meet up with Francis Findlay and friend of Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FOAM) and to spy out any potential areas that will be good for the two forthcoming walks at the park. In the allotted 2 hour tour we came up with Oudemansiella mucida; Phallus impudicus; Russula atropurpurea; Hypholoma fasiculare; Xylaria hypoxylon; Galerina mutabilis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Merulius tremellosus; Amanita rubescens; Piptoporus betulinus; Trametes versicolour; Scutellinia scutellata; Russula ochroleuca; Xylaria polymorpha; Stereum hirsutum; Laccaria laccata; Scleroderma verrucosum; Rhtyisma acerinum; Trochila ilicina; Mycena galericulata; Amanita muscaria; Aleuria aurantia; Bulgaria inquinans; Rickenella fibula; Nectria cinnabarina; Coprinus micaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Ganoderma australe, Mycena arcangeliana. 31 species and a few extra were also seen that needed further examination to be sure of ID but with a gig that night and a busy following day I opted to leave them behind.
14 September 2008 - Etherow CP, Cheshire - 14 were in attendance and the 3 and a half hour stroll produced the following 35 species:- Trametes gibbosa; Ganoderma australe; Bjerkandera adusta; Rhytisma acerinum; Laccaria amethystina; Clavulina cristata; Auricularia auricula-judae; Leotia lubrica; Russula nigricans; Laccaria laccata; Scleroderma aerolatum; Helvella crispa; Tricholoma fulvum; Mycena galericulata; Laccaria tortilis; Stereum hirsutum; Clavulina cinerea; Trametes versicolour; Bisporella citrina; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Scutellinia scutellata; Hypholoma fasiculare; Scleroderma citrinum; Calocera viscosa; Russula ochroleuca; Heterobasidion annosum; Pluteus cervinus; Cordyceps militaris; Hyphodontia sambucii; Piptoporus betulinus; Lactarius pubescens; Leccinum scabrum; Paxillius involutus; Clitopilus prunulus; Geastrum triplex. A lowly list for the site and obviously down to the dubious seasons and the recent tree-felling.
13 September 2008 - Chadkirk Chapel, Cheshire - Well what a bloody long day. I arrived at the site at 9.45am and did a reccie before the actual foray started. Not too bad and at 1.30pm myself and 74 other people (yes 74) headed to the woods. A guy from the press took a few snaps and quickly disappeared and the walk began. Where on earth this walk had been advertised was beyond me and the group was just too large to cater for. A megaphone would have been handy but I was stuck with it and tried my best. Sincere apologies to those that got fed up with the slow progress as I tried to meet everyone's needs. Booking will be essential in future and if such desire is obvious then more walks will have to be arranged. Anyway the list of 50 species was as follows:- Agrocybe rivulosa; Rhytisma acerinum; Ganoderme australe; Laccaria amethystina; Clavulina coralloides; Xylaria hypoxylon; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Hypholoma fasiculare; Mycena galopus; Exidea nucleata; Auricularia auricula-judae; Rickenella fibula; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Calocera cornea; Coprinus micaceus; Trametes versicolour; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria polymorpha; Chondrostereum purpureum; Stropharia aurantiacum; Meripilus giganteus; Bulgaria inquinans; Boletus badius; Tubaria furfuracea; Laccaria laccata; Russula atropurpurea; Russula nigricans; Collybia maculata; Polyporus badius; Boletus pulverulentus; Phallus impudicus; Helvella lacunosa; Scleroderma verrucosum; Daldinia concentrica; Lactarius blennius; Pleurotus ostreatus; Leotia lubrica; Clavulina cinerea; Mycena galericulata; Grifola frondosa; Coniophora puteana; Piptoporus betulinus; Pluteus salicinus; Ciboria batschiana; Amanita rubescens; Stereum hirsutum; Coprinus disseminatus; Coprinus lagopides. A few specimens are being sent to Micheal Jordan for final identification one of which may just be a real rarity - watch this space. Thanks to warden John for the two cups of tea (I needed those), to Liz Moore for giving some assistance and Jan and Dick Brown for the support and great company during and after the walk - really appreciated. Scutellinia scutellata added after ID confirmed by M. Jordan. The specimen was found growing on burnt wood which was a bit of a red herring and threw me totally. And added also after another ID by MJ was Pseudocraterellus undulatus.

6 September 2008 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - In warm sunshine myself and family strolled around Tatton Park trying to get to grips with a few species before leading a few public walks over the coming weeks. Time is indeed a drawback as I have more than one passion and seem to never, ever stop. The fungal knowledge is suffering but what can one do - these 24 hour days are what we've got and we have to make the most of them. Todays list of 56 species was as follows :- Nectria cinnabarina; Rhytisma acerinum; Heterobasidion annosum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Cordyceps militaris; Coprinus micaceus; Bolbitius titubans var. titubans; Amanita rubescens; Amanita fulva; Hygrocybe reidii; Russula ochroleuca; Hypholoma fasciculare var. fasciculare; Ganoderma australe; Russula atropurpurea; Calocera cornea; Trametes versicolor; Pleurotus pulmonarius; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Laccaria laccata; Xerula radicata; Dacrymyces stillatus; Scleroderma areolatum; Fistulina hepatica; Pluteus cervinus; Psilocybe semilanceata; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Hygrocybe pratensis var. pratensis; Gymnopilus junonius; Exidia glandulosa; Russula nigricans; Meripilus giganteus; Helvella atra; Boletus rubellus; Russula nobilis; Boletus badius; Clavulina coralloides; Daldinia concentrica; Rickenella fibula; Mycena galopus; Calocera viscosa; Macrolepiota procera var. procera; Bjerkandera adusta; Postia caesia; Postia stiptica; Trametes gibbosa; Mycena galericulata; Polyporus squamosus; Xylaria polymorpha; Oudemansiella mucida; Russula heterophylla; Diatrype disciformis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Peniophora quercina; Scleroderma citrinum; Russula sororia, Hapalopilus nidulans

31 August 2008 - Lyme Park, Cheshire - Whilst the young un' got her purple belt at grading in the open air myself and good lady decided a 3 hour stroll looking for a few specimens would be nice. The list was paltry but a few nice species raised the spirits on a misty, rainy day :- Rhytisma acerinum, Nectria cinnabarina; Trametes versicolour; Stereum hirsutum; Russula atropurpurea; Boletus badius; Rickenella fibula; Postia stiptica; Coprinus micaceus; Xylaria polymorpha; Piptoporus betulinus; Paxillus involutus; Hygrocybe conica; Hygrocybe nivea; Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Amanita excelsa; Trametes gibbosa; Calocera viscosa and Psilocybe semilanceata.
28 August 2008 - Moore NR; Cheshire - Scleroderma citrinum; Trametes versicolour; Piptoporus betulinus; Amanita rubescens; Hygrocybe psittacina; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Macrolepiota procera, Amanita muscaria; Hygrocybe conica and Paxillus involutus were the fungi found plus a couple of myxomycetes namely Muculago crustacea, Fuligo septica and Stemonitis axifera.
25 August 2008 - Dunham Massey NT; Cheshire - Plenty to keep one occupied with the list comprising of Clitopilus prunulus; Russula atropurpurea; Daldinia concentrica; Marasmius rotula; Stereum hirsutum; Scleroderma citrinum; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolour; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Coprinus micaceus; Scleroderma aerolatum; Fistulina hepatica; Laetiporous sulphureum; Ganoderma australe; Auricularia auricular-judae; Russula mairei; Russula heterophylla.
24 August 2008 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - Nowt much doing really. Numerous Jelly Babies (Leotia lubrica) and tufts of White Coral Fungus (Clavulina cristata) was about it with a few other bits and bobs thrown in. It hasn't happened here yet so hopefully the first walk of the year here should be bursting.
10 August 2008 - Minstead; New Forest; Hampshire - A great spot from the car was Hericeum cirrhatum (Tiered Tooth) which was in glorious condition and hopefully a good photograph has been had.
10 August 2008 - IBM Hursley; Hampshire - Joining the Hampshire Fungus Group we feasted our eyes upon the following species:- Conocybe lactea; Suillius grevellei (Larch Bolete); Marasmius oreades; Boletus albidus; Marasmius rotula; Boletus satanoides; Psathyrella candolleana; Collybia dryophila; Laccaria laccata (The Deceiver); Xerocermus communis; Dacrymyces stillatus; Boletus cisalpinus; Mycena seynii; Xerula radicata; Xerula pudens; Rigidoporus ulmarius; Agaricus augustus; Lactarius acerimus; Ganoderma resinaceum; Podoscypha multizonata. Not a bad do!
31 July 2008 - Anderton NR; Cheshire - 3 Amanita rubescens; 1 Amanita muscaria and 20 Hydnum rufescens were notable and all growing with Silver Birch.
30 July 2008 - Mere Sands Wood; Lancashire - Gymnopilus penetrans; Boletus badius; Paxillus involutus; Hypholoma fasiculare; Piptoporus betulinus; Tyromyces caesius; Laccaria laccata; Scleroderma verrucosum; Scleroderma citrinum; Trametes versicolour and Amanita fulva made the fungi wander worthwhile.
22 July 2008 - Davenport; Stockport; Cheshire - A single Leccinum scabrum was earlier than usual as were several fruiting bodies of Clavaria vermicularis (White Spindles). Also 2 specimens of Volvariella gloiocephala were found on wood chip.
22 July 2008 - Hazel Grove; Stockport; Cheshire - 10 Russula pectinatoides was seen growing in a churchyard as seen the previous year. Boletus pulverulentus; Agaricus bitorquis and Melanoleuca polioleuca were all later confirmed finds by Michael Jordan.
12 July 08 - Petty Pool Wood; Cheshire - Puccinia urticata (Nettle Clustercup Rust) was noted whilst admiring several species of Hoverfly.
12 July 08 - Delamere Forest; Cheshire - Phallus impudicus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Piptoporus betulinus; Stereum hirsutum and the slime mould Fuligo septica were the only finds on a brief visit.
15 June 2008 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - A species of Eyelash Fungus was noted and seemed early in the season despite the odd weather conditions.
13 February 2008 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - Daldinia concentrica and the slime mold Trichia botrytis were uncovered whilst on the look out for life beneath logs.
11 February 2008 - Abney Hall; Cheshire - Coprinus micaceus and Bulgar inquinans are all that were seen on this marvellously sunny day.
19 January 2008 - Chorlton WP; G. Manchester - Auricularia mesenterica and Pleurotus ostreatus were fresh enough on a grey day.
5 January 2008 - Mere Sands Wood; Lancashire - Gymnopilus penetrans; 3 Lepista nuda; Heterobasidion annosum; Mycena galopus and 2 cracking Auriscalpium vulgare kept the fungal flow going.
4 January 2008 - Moore NR; Cheshire - Clitocybe fragrans; Daedaleopsis confragosa; an abundance of Tremella mesenterica and Hypoxylon multiforme boosted the embryonic year list.
3 January 2008 - Tatton Park; Cheshire - Datronia mollis; Hirschioporus abietinus; Ischnoderma benzoinum; Hypholoma fasiculare; Pleurotus cornucopiae and Phaeolus schweinitzii.
2 January 2008 - Marbury CP; Cheshire - Xylaria hypoxylon; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Auricularia auricular-judae; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolor; Exidea nucleata; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Trametes gibbosa; Bulgar inquinans; Flammulina velutipes; Panellus serotinus; Crepidotus variabilis; Tremella mesenterica; Nectria cinnabarina; Rhytisma acerinum; Piptoporus betulinus; Phlebia radiata and Calocera viscosa all provided fungal interest.
25 November 2007 - Chorlton WP; G. Manchester - Not much around at all with the cold snap having really taken its toll. Auricularia mesenterica; Tyromyces Caesius and Crepidotus mollis were the best finds.
17 November 2007 - Mere Sands Wood; Cheshire - Ischnoderma benzoinum; Xylaria hypoxylon; Clitocybe nebularis; Trametes versicolour; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Nectria cinnabarina; Hypholoma fasciculare; Mycena galericulata; Piptoporus betulina; Phallus impudicus; Heterobasidion annosum; Lepista nuda; Boletus badius; Russula ochroleuca; Trametes gibbosa; Panellus serotinus; Bjerkandera adusta; Coprinus micaceus; Clitocybe fragrans; Coprinus atramentarius; Merulius tremellosus; Laccaria laccata; Calocera cornea; Gymnopilus penetrans; Hirschioporus abietinus; Chrondostereum purpureum; Mycena galopus; Hygrophorus hypothejus; Rhytisma acerinum
3 November 2007 - Tatton Park; Cheshire - Rhytisma acerinum; Mycena galericulata; Lactarius quietus; Grifola frondosa; Russula atropurpurea; Scleroderma citrinum; Laccaria amethystina; Dacrymyces stillatus; Phaeolus schweinitzii; Hirschioporus abietinus; Tyromyces caesius; Stereum hirsutum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolour; Psilocybe semilanceata; Tubaria furfuracea; Bolbitius vittelinus; Mycena galopus var Nigra; Laccaria laccata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Lactarius subumbonatus; Trametes stiptica; Crepidotus mollis; Calocera cornea; Collybia butyracea; Ganoderma adspersum; Merulius tremellosus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Mycena arcangeliana; Lepista flaccida; Datronia mollis; Trametes gibbosa; Schizopora paradoxa; Meripilus giganteus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Collybia confluens; Psathyrella piluliformis; Russula vesca; Russula ochroleuca; Entoloma conferendum; Hygrocybe pratensis; Gymnopilus junonius; Nectria cinnabarina; Armillaria ostoya; Coprinus micaceus; Chrondostereum purpureum; Boletus badius; Clitocybe fragrans; Piptoporus betulinus; Clitocybe metachroa; Rickenella fibula; Mycena olivaceamarginata; Auricularia auricular-judae; Lactarius rufus; Stropharia semiglobata; Hygrocybe vitellina; Hygrocybe chlorophana; Hygrocybe quieta; Clavulinopsis helvola; Clavulinopsis luteo-alba; Hygrocybe reidii; Hygrocybe coccinea; Cystoderma amianthium; Amanita rubescens; Hygrocybe unguinosus; Russula amoenolens; Mycena pura; Pleurotus ostreatus; Stropharia aeruginosa; Cordyceps militaris; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Tremella foliocea; Lycoperdon perlatum; Pluteus cervinus; Pholiota squarrosa; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Fistulina hepatica; Ischnoderma benzoinum; Mycena epipterygia; Hygrophorus hypothejus; Psathyrella corrugis; Ossicaulis lignatilis
28 October 2007 - Moore NR; Cheshire - Piptoporus betulinus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Trametes versicolour; Armillaria mellea; Stropharia aeruginosa; Mycena galericulata; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Auricularia auricular-judae; Hypoxylon multiforme; Clitocybe nebularis; Amanita muscaria; Russula fragilis; Russula ochroleuca; Cordyceps militaris; Cystoderma amianthinum; Amanita rubescens; Hygrocybe psittacina; Stereum hirsutum; Diatrype disciformis; Armillaria gallica; Dacrymyces stillatus; Collybia maculata; Scleroderma citrinum; Collybia butyracea; Lactarius quietus; Collybia confluens; Rhytisma acerinum; Hypholoma fasciculare; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Rickenella fibula; Coprinus micaceus; Laccaria laccata; Coprinus atramentarius; Flammulina velutipes; Exidia nucleata; Crepidotus variabilis; Daldinia concentrica; Xylaria polymorpha; Bisporella citrina; Lepiota rhacodes; Lycoperdon perlatum; Nectra cinnabarina; Pleurotus ostreatus; Lepista flaccida; Coprinus comatus; Inocybe geophylla; Scleroderma verrucosum; Lepiota procera; Calvatia excipuliformis; Lactarius glyciosmus; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Tyromyces caesius; Trametes gibbosa; Mycena oortiana; Laccaria proxima; Clitocybe fragrans; Calvatia gigantea; Clavulinopsis helvola; Mycena epipterygia; Anthracobia melaloma; Entoloma sericeum; Skeletocutis amorpha
22 October 2007 - Gore Heath; Dorset - Clitocybe nebularis; Grifola frondosa; Laccaria amethystina; Laccaria laccata; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Scleroderma citrinum; Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina; Amanita rubescens; psilocybe semilanceata; Paxillus involutus; Boletus parasiticus; Russula amara; Gymnopilus penetrans; Russula sardonia; Russula emetica; Lactarius quietus; Amanita citrina; Flammulina velutipes; Trochila ilicina; Fistulina hepatica; Hypholoma fasciculare; Lacatrius deterrimus; Auriscalpium vulgare; Suillus bovinus; Leccinum scabrum; Amanita muscaria; Tricholoma fulvum; Russula ochroleuca; Boletus erythropus; Lycoperdon perlatum; Clavulina cristata; Clitocybe brumalis
21 October 2007 - Rufus Stone; Hampshire - Schizopora paradoxa; Pleurotus dryinus; Russula ochroleuca; Calocera cornea; Antrodia albida; Boletus badius; Russula cyanoxantha; Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina; Mycena pelianthina; Clitocybe nebularis; Mycena rosea; Amanita rubescens; Boletus piperatus; Piptoporus betulinus; Leccinum scabrum; Grifola frondosa; Lactarius cimicarus; Hydnum repandum; Leccinum varicolour; Hydropus floccipes; Biscogniauxia nummularia; Phlebiella sulphurea; Hypoxylon rubiginosum; Xylaria polymorpha; Boletus edulis; Skeletocutis vulgaris; Russula valenosky; Tricholoma sciodes; Ceriporiopsis gilvescens; Mycena galericulata; Coniophora puteana; Phallus impudicus; Phleogena faginea; Galerina marginata; Amanita spissa; Lactarius vietus; Lepista flaccida; Mycena galopus; Cordyceps militaris; Rhodotus palmatus; Pleurotus cornucopiae; Phellinus ferreus; Tubifera ferruginosa; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Xerula radicata; Pluteus umbrosus; Skeletocutis nivea; Laetiporus sulphureus; Fistulina hepatica; Lentinellus ursinus; Gymnopilus penetrans; Trametes versicolour; Oudemansiella mucida; Ganoderma australe; Armillaria mellea; Armillaria gallica; Lactarius blennius; Coprinus micaceus; Cortinarius pseudocolor; Hypholoma fasciculare; Bulgar inquinans; Amanita citrina; Lycoperdon perlatum; Phlebia tremellosa; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Collybia butyracea; Pluteus cervinus; Lactarius vellereus; Gymnopilus junoninus; Pholiota aurivella; Pholiota alnicola; Boletus pruinatus; Dacrymyces stillatus; Mycena acicula; Xylaria hypoxylon; Tubaria furfuracea; Laccaria amethystina; Laccaria laccata; Lactarius quietus; Russula fragilis; Lactarius chrysorrheus; Neobulgaria pura; Cortinarius paleaceus; Bjerkandera adusta; Hemimycena tortuosa; Tricholoma sulphureum; Russula atropurpurea; Panellus stipticus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Mycena haematopus; Trochila ilicina; Hericium coralloides; Russula fellea; Clavariadelphus junceus; Crepidotus applanatus; Trametes gibbosa; Auricularia mesenterica; Pluteus chrysophaeus; Gloeohypochnicum analogam; Mycoacia uda; Mycoacia nophofagi; Mycena pura; Psathyrella piluliformis; Pleurotus ostreatus; Chlorociboria aeruginascens; Leccinum aurantiacum; Collybia fusipes; Stereum subtomensum; Pluteus salicinus; Exidea nucleata; Amanita citrina var. alba; Cantharellus cibarius; Crepidotus cesatii; Mycena speirea; Lactarius subumbonatus
19 October 2007 - Hazel Grove; Cheshire - 1 Hygrocybe nivea was found whilst walking home from work.

14 October 2007 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - Coprinus atramentarius; Coprinus comatus; Scutellinia scutellata; Ganoderma australe; Trametes gibbosa; Armillaria mellea; Rhytisma acerinum; Bjerkandera adusta; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Cortinarius hemitrichus; Piptoporus betulinus; Xylaria polymorpha; Collybia butyracea; Xylaria hypoxylon; Nectria cinnabarina; Lactarius blennius; Leotia lubrica; Laccaria amethystina; Lactarius glyciosmus; Clavulina cristata; Clavulina cinerea; Hypholoma fasciculare; Clitocybe nebularis; Helvella lacunosa; Scleroderma verrucosum; Hebeloma crustuliniforme; Coprinus plicatilis; Mycena inclinata; Trametes versicolour; Coprinus lagopus; Mycena galopus; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Pluteus cervinus; Russula ochroleuca; Calocera cornea; Collybia maculata; Heterobasidion annosum; Gymnopilus penetrans; Paxillus involutus; Peziza badia; Boletus chrysenteron; Amanita muscaria; Hypomyces chrysosperma; Scleroderma citrinum; Mycena pura; Coprinus micaceus; Galerina mutabilis; Auricularia auricular-judae; Dacrymyces stillatus; Tyromyces caesius; Crepidotus variabilis; Crepidotus mollis; Pholiota squarrosa; Amanita crocea; Amanita rubescens; Suillus grevillei; Inocybe geophylla; Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina; Bolbitius vitellinus; Exidia nucleata; Flammulina velutipes; Collybia confluens; Xylaria longipes; Daldinia concentrica;  Hyphodontia sambucii; Cordyceps militaris; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Russula atropurpurea; Trochila ilicina; Stereum rugosum; Calocera viscosa; Leccinum scabrum; Tricholoma fulvum; Lactarius pubescens; Clitopilus prunulus; Coprinus disseminatus; Lactarius torminosus; Clavariadelphus junceus; Boletus piperatus; Clitocybe infundibuliformis; Cystolepiota aspera; Auricularia mesenterica;  Nectria peziza; Lycogala epidendron

13 October 2007 - Chadkirk Chapel; Cheshire - Rhytisma acerinum; Coprinus plicatilis; Russula mairei; Oudemansiella radicata; Phallus impudicus; Laccaria amethystina; Lactarius blennius; Nectria cinnabarina; Laccaria laccata; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Boletus chrysenteron; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolour; Ustulina deusta; Ganoderma australe; Armillaria mellea; Clitocybe nebularis; Xylaria hypoxylon; Russula ochroleuca; Collybia butyracea; Auricularia auricular-judae; Pholiota squarrosa; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Laccaria laccata; Hypholoma fasciculare; Lepiota rhacodes; Trametes gibbosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Hypomyces chrysosperma; Lepista flaccida; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Pluteus cervinus; Merulius tremellosus; Clitocybe odora; Galerina mutabilis; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Neobulgaria pura; Scleroderma citrinum; Mycena acicula; Russula foetens
6 October 2007 - Dunham Massey; Cheshire - Psathyrella obtusata; Panaeolus acuminatus; Inocybe napipes; Boletus chrysenteron; Entoloma conferendum; Clavulinopsis helvola; Laccaria proxima; Russula amoenolens; Russula aurora; Boletus cisalpinus; Psathyrella piluliformis; Oudemansiella mucida; Inocybe geophyla var. lilacina; Stropharia aurantiaca; Psathyrella candolleana; Collybia dryophila; Exidia truncata; Polyporus varius; Ganoderma australe; Merulius tremellosus; Mycena arcangeliana; Armillaria lutea; Trametes gibbosa; Ganoderma applanatum; Gymnopilus junoninus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Peniophora quercina; Hygrocybe reidii; Fistulina hepatica; Mycena galopus var. nigra; Grifola frondosa; Russula fragilis; Russula cyanoxantha; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Diatrype disciformis; Pluteus cervinus; Lactarius subdulcis; Russula atropurpurea; Coprinus lagopus; Clitocybe clavipes; Polyporus badius; Russula nigricans; Pholiota squarrosa; Scleroderma citrinum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Stereum hirsutum; Russula parazurea; Russula ochroleuca; Bjerkandera adusta; Russula subfoetens;Coprinus micaceus; Boletus pruinatus; Lycoperdon perlatum; Amanita rubescens; Lactarius quietus; Cortinarius flexipes; Ciboria batschiana; Laccaria amethystina; Trametes versicolour; Daldinia concentrica; Rhytisma acerinum; Mycena galericulata; Laccaria laccata; Nectria cinnabarina; Meriplius giganteus; Coprinus leiocephalus
3 October 2007 - Davenport; Stockport; Cheshire - Loads of Leccinum scabrums were making the annual appearance as well as several fruiting bodies of Clavaria vermicularis (White Spindles).
30 September 2007 - Ainsdale EN; Lancashire - Rhytisma acerinum; Crepidotus mollis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Tyromyces stipticus; Scutellinia scutellata; Sleroderma verrocosum; Stropharia aurantiacum; Xylaria plymorpha; Bisporella citrina; Geastrum triplex; Hirschioporus abietinus; Collybia maculata; Russula sardonia; Russula sanguinea; Pluteus cervinus; Tricholomopsis rutilans; Hygrocybe nigrescens; Lycoperdon perlatum; Laccaria laccata; Mycena galopus; Coprinus micaceus; Russula ochroleuca; Hypholoma fasciculare; Pluteus umbrosus; Collybia confluens; Gymnopilus penetrans; Bovista plumbea; Lactarius hepaticus; Russula persicina; Cortinarius trivialis; Paxillus involutus; Lactarius controversus; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolour; Polyporus betulinus; Leccinum scabrum; Laccaria amethystina; Boletus badius; Russula amara; Rickenella fibula; Amanita muscaria; Cystoderma amianthium; Amanita rubescens; Ganoderma australe; Heterobasidion annosum; Stereum hirsutum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Pholiota squarrosa; Tremmela foliocea; Polyporus squammosus; Lacatrius deliciosus; Hebeloma collariatum; Citocybe ditopus; Inocybe impexa
22 September 2007 - Chadkirk Chapel; Cheshire - Kuehneromyces mutabilis; Russula ochroleuca; Russula vesca; Russula nigricans; Collybia confluens; Pleurotus dryinus; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes gibbosa; Daldinia concentrica; Armillaria gallica; Laccaria laccata; Helvella crispa; Coprinus comatus; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Mycena gelericulata; Hypholoma fasciculare; Rhytisma acerinum; Ganoderma australe; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Nectria cinnabarina; Trochila ilicina; Schizopora paradoxa; Peniophora quercina; Hypomyces chrysosperma; Boletus cisalpinus; Coprinus micaceus; Pholiota squarrosa; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Auricularia auricula-judae; Mycena inclinata; Trametes versicolour; Laccaria amethystina; Coprinus lagopus; Mycena galopus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Scleroderma citrinum; Neobulgaria pura; Ascocoryne sarcoides
16 September 2007 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - First Fungal Friends Foray of the year - Trametes gibbosa; Ganoderma australe; Bjerkandera adusta; Laccaria laccata; Pluteus cervinus; Russula fragilis; Meripilus giganteus; Schizopora paradoxa; Laccaria tortilis; Lactarius quietus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Scleroderma citrinum; Exidia nucleata; Russula ochroleuca; Rhodotus palmatus; Coprinus micaceus; Agrocybe erebia; Psathyrella candolleana; Trochila ilicina; Heterobasidion annosum; Rickenella fibula; Amanita rubescens; Hypholoma fasciculare; Trametes versicolour; Calocera pallido-spathulata; Phallus impudicus; Amanita muscaria; Boletus badius; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Lactarius pubescens; Clitopilus prunulus; Collybia confluens; Paxillus involutus; Leccinum varicolour; Amanita fulva; Tricholoma fulvum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Cudoniella acicularis; Polyporus betulinus; Rhytisma acerinum; Hypomyces chrysoperma; Xylaria polymorpha; Boletus porosporus; Boletus rubellus; Coprinus lagopus; Inocybe margaritispora; Geastrum triplex; Russula atropurpurea; Entoloma cf politum; Boletus luridus.
9 September 2007 - Curlew lane; Nr Martin Mere WWT; Lancashire - After sending a specimen to M. Jordan at the ABFG it has been confirmed that the clump of fungi growing on a Poplar tree were indeed Agrocybe cylindracea. Thanks again to Michael for his kind assistance.
9 September 2007 - Mere Sands Wood; Lancashire - 2 specimens of Ear-pick fungus (Auriscalpium vulgare); a few Lactarius tabidus; Tricholoma fulvum; Trembling Rot (Merulius tremellosus); Marasmius ramealis; Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva) and some fine specimens of Bay Bolete (Boletus badius) were picks of todays brief foray.
8 September 2007 - Styal CP; Cheshire - Calocera cornea; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Chrondostereum purpureum; Pluteus ostreatus; Scleroderma verrucosum; Paxillus involutus; Diatrype disciformis; Russula ochroleuca; Rickenella fibula; Hypomyces chrysenteron; Trametes gibbosa; Nectria cinnabarina; Bulgar inquinans; Tyromyces caesius; Scleroderma citrinum; Phallus impudicus; Auricularia auricula-judae and some young specimens of Oudemansiella mucida were all that was seen from a dried out area. Late addition to this list after confirmation by M. Jordan is Boletus pulverulentus.
7 September 2007 - Torkington Park; Stockport; Cheshire - 46 Gymnopilus junoninus found growing on rotten stump.
29 August 2007 - Hebden Bridge; Yorkshire - Bone dry and hopeless with a nice crop of Oak Maze-Gill (Daedalea Quercina); a few dried out Red Cracking Boletes (Boletus chrysenteron) covered with Hypomyces chrysosperma and 1 solitary Plums and Custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans).
26 August 2007 - Fernilee Reservoir; Derbyshire - A duff day at what has been a good location in the past. A few Amethyst Deceivers (Laccaria amethystina); 1 Brown Birch Bolete (Leccinum scabrum ); 1 Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva); 1 Aniseed Toadstool (Clitocybe odora); 3 Russula claroflava and a few new specimens of Larch Bolete (Suillus grevellei) were a poor return indeed. Agrocybe erebia has been later identified and added to this list.
21 August 2007 - Hazel Grove; Stockport - 3 specimens of Stubble Rosegill (Volviarella gloiocephala) were found growning on woodchip at the roadside. Also an addition to the finds at Tatton Park on the 16 August is Tier Tooth (Hericium cirrhatum) a pretty rare find. Micheal Jordan of the Association of British Fungus kindly provided the final identification for which many appreciations are sent.
16 August 2007 - Tatton Park; Cheshire - Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica); Stinkhorns (Phallus impudicus) and a Hericium species that I am so far unable to nail. A very exciting find and one that needs more work. Maybe Mr Jordan can help on this one (again) - I certainly hope so.
4 August 07 - Arne RSPB; Dorset - Loads of White Helvella (Helvella crispa); Parasitic Bolete (Boletus parasiticus) growing as expected on Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum) and Yellow Brittlegill (Russula Ochroleuca) were good finds especially the rare Bolete that only turns up once in a blue moon.
4 August 07 - Upton CP; Dorset - The Sickener (Russula emetica) was located benteath Silver Birch.
28 July 07 - Formby; Lancashire - Bovista plumbea was in good condition with the resemblance to a boiled egg quite uncanny.
28 July 07 - Mere Sands Wood; Lancashire - Bulgar inquinans (Black Bulgar); Helvella lacunosa (Black Helvella; Fuligo septica (Flowers of Tan) and Gymnopilus penetrans were the few fungus on show on a day when I expected more.
22 July 07 - Etherow CP; Cheshire ; Stockport - Pseudotrametes gibbosa (Lumpy Bracket); Coprinus disseminatus (Fairies Bonnets); Coprinus micaceus (Glistening Ink Cap); Collybia confluens (Clustered Toughshank); Leotia lubrica (Jelly Babies) and a few Amanita rubescens (Blusher) added fungal interest to a butterfly walk.
15 July 07 - Wasdale; Cumbria - 3 princely specimens of Agaricus augustus were located whilst driving down a winding country lane and were a new discovery for us.
14 July 07 - Wastwater; Cumbria - Boletus badius; Coprinus micaceus; Amanita rubescens and Hygrophoropis aurantiaca.
12 July 07 - Hazel Grove; Stockport; Cheshire - Russula pectinatoides was seen growing in a churchyard beneath Lime. Identification fully given by Michael Jordan.
8 July 07 - Bentley Wood; Hampshire - Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina); Red Cracking Bolete (Boletus chrysenteron); Plums and Custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans) and Yellow Stainer (Agaricus xanthoderma) were all in fine fettle at this excellent reserve.
7 July 07 - Howardian NR; Cardiff - Plenty of Blackening Waxcaps were found in the damp meadow areas.
3 July 07 - Stockport; Cheshire - On the way to work Coprinus plicatilis and Coprinus lagopus were standing proud in the showery weather - brave souls as well as a small troop of Laccaria Laccata (The Deceiver). On the way the local park and surrounding area produced 3 Xerocermus chrysenteron (Red Cracking Bolete); a few Paneolus ater; an abundance of Coprinus disseminatus (Fairies Bonnets) and 1 Lacrymaria lacrymabunda (Weeping Widow). If the weather keeps up as it is we could be in for another bonanza year.
24 June 07 - Abney Hall; Cheshire - Amanita rubescens; Crepidotus mollis; Marasmius rotula; Ganoderma adspersum; Nectria cinnabarina; Stereum hirsutum; Pleurotus cornucopiae; Polyporus squamosus; Pluteus cervinus and Jews Ear Fungus
16 June 07 - Delamere Forest; Cheshire - 3 Blushers; some rejuvinated Hairy stereum and 126 Stinkhorns were the results of the recent downpours.
4 June 07 - New Forest; Hampshire - Paneolus semiovatus and Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia) were early but in exceptional condition.
25 May 07 - Davenport; Cheshire - Coprinus atramentarius and Russula betularum were good spots on the way to work.
9 Apr 07 - Mere Sands Wood; Lancashire - Strobilurus tenacellus and Reticularia lycoperdon (myxomycete) on pine. Thanks again to M. Jordan for the formers confirmation.
7 Apr 07 - Gait Barrows; Cumbria - Peziza repanda was found on woodchip at this fine reserve. The species was fully identified with the help of Michael Jordan.
12 Mar 07 - Etherow CP; Cheshire - A myxomycete was found - namely Trichia botrytis. Fairly common but always worth looking for. Also Diatrypella quercina was seen which I am guilty of overlooking more often than not.
7th January 07- Dunham Massey; Cheshire - Nice troop of Split Gill's (Schizophylum commune). An abundance of Winter Polypore (Polyporus brumalis) and 1 Scarlet Caterpillar (Cordyceps militaris) which was a great find for the time of year.
3rd January 07 - Chorlton Water Park; Cheshire - A couple of Wood Blewits (Lepista nuda) caught the eye as they were in fantastic condition.
2nd January 07 - Marbury CP; Cheshire - Several Blueleg Brownies (Psilocybe cyanescens).