News from within and outside the area.
26th February 2024 - Lindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire - A walk with the missus in chilly weather, the few fungi to be recorded were:- Hypocrea pulvinata; Peniophora incarnata; Kretzschmaria deusta; Exidia glandulosa; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Stereum hirsutum; Hypholoma fasciculare and Fomitopsis betulina. We also saw the myxo - Metatrichia floriformis
25th February 2024 - Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, Cheshire - A short circular walk before a visit to a local cafe. The few species recorded were:- Flammulina velutipes; Pleurotus ostreatus; Puccinia lagenophorae; Hyphodontia sambuci; Peniophora quercina and Trametes versicolor.
25th February 2024 - Risley Moss, Warrington, Cheshire - A birding wander and as per, a few fungi noted:- Lachnum virgineum; Leptosphaeria acuta; Auricularia auricula-judae; Ganoderma australe; Kretzschmaria deusta; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Rhopographus filicinus; Crocicreas cyathoideum; Stereum rameale; Fomes fomentarius; Fomitopsis betulinus; Taphrina betulina; Nectria cinnabarina; Uromyces hyacinthi; Trametes versicolor; Daedalea quercina and Stereum hirsutum.

23rd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Whilst wandering home I noted a few fungi:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Leptosphaeria acuta; Calloria neglecta; Byssomerulius corium; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Chondrostereum purpureum and Mycena tenerrima - the latter quartet were all on Salix.

22nd February 2024 - Stamford Park, Altrincham, G. Manchester - A short walk, a few fungi:- Ganoderma australe; Bjerkandera adusta; Lepista nuda; Trametes versicolor and Exidia nucleata.
20th February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Only one fungus seen today, it was a new one for us, Leptotrochila ranunculi was the species - nice.

19th February 2024 - Fog Pane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A few fungi noted today were:- Erythricium aurantiacum; Octospora affinis; Chromocyphella muscicola and Hypholoma fasciculare.

18th February 2024 - Stamford Park, Stalybridge, Tameside - Another short pootle, the few fungi seen were:- Cyathus striatus; Chromocyphella muscicola; Nectria cinnabarina; Trametes versicolor; Peniophora limitata; Calloria neglecta; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Tremella mesenterica; Flammulina velutipes; Byssomerulius corium; Puccinia lagenophorae; Tubaria furfuracea; Auricularia auricula-judae; Daldinia concentrica; Hypoxylon petriniae; Stereum rugosum; Fomitopsis betulinus; Endophragmia atra; Ganoderma australe and Stereum hirsutum.

17th February 2024 - Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, G. Manchester - A short walk and only a few fungi:- Stereum hirsutum; Kretzschmaria deusta; Trametes versicolor and Picipes badius.

15th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - As per, it is the time of year when my head drifts away from the fungi and gets distracted by blooms and bugs. After a cafe at the end of a busy working day I pushed the bike home and saw Peniophora incarnata and Puccinia veronicae to keep the eye in.

11th February 2024 - Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle, Derbyshire - An early morning walk in the fog. The few fungi seen were:- Roseodiscus formosus; Octospora coccinea agg; Tubaria furfuracea; Crepidotus cesatii; Steccherinum ochraceum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Trametes versicolor; Nectria cinnabarina; Taphrina betulina; Exidia recisa; Peniophora quercina and Phragmidium violaceum.

10th February 2024 - Alexandra Park, Moss Side, G. Manchester - A walk on my own before some Non-League Football and my latest gig. The few fungi recorded were:- Stereum hirsutum; Stereum rugosum; Exidia glandulosa; Bjerkandera adusta; Daldinia concentrica; Fomitopsis betulinus; Flammulina velutipes; Datronia mollis; Uromyces hyacinthi and Tremella mesenterica.
9th February 2024 - Otterspool, Liverpool, Merseyside - A birding walk but a few fungi were spied, these were:- Schizophyllum amplum; Uromyces hyacinthi; Geastrum triplex; Exidia nucleata; Albugo candida; Byssomerulius corium; Nectria cinnabarina; Xylaria carpophila; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes versicolor; Bjerkandera adusta; Auricularia auricula-judae and Peniophora limitata.
9th February 2024 - Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Merseyside - A few fungi from a shortish walk:- Merismodes confusa; Leptosphaeria acuta; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Fomitopsis betulinus; Datronia mollis; Ganoderma australe; Kretzschmaria deusta; Coniophora puteana; Exidia plana; Exidia glandulosa; Nectria cinnabarina; Auricularia auricula-judae; Bjerkandera adusta; Trametes versicolor; Trametes gibbosa; Stereum hirsutum and Hypoxylon fragiforme.
7th February 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A general wander with some good mates, the few fungi seen were:- Calloria neglecta; Leptosphaeria acuta; Calyptella capula; Daldinia concentrica; Hypoxylon petriniae; Trametes versicolor; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Taphrina betulina; Fomitopsis betulina; Auricularia auricula-judae; Geastrum triplex; Heterobasidion annosum; Botryobasidium aureum; Tubaria furfuracea; Bjerkandera adusta; Stereum hirsutum; Exidia plana; Seifertia azaleae and Pleurotus ostreatus.

6th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 fungi recorded today - Fuscoporia ferrea; Mollisia fusca and Botryobasidium aureum - it will do.

5th February 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A pootle through this area whilst heading home, the few fungi recorded were:- Endophragmia atra; Calloria neglecta; Eichleriella deglubens; Hysterographium fraxini; Byssomerulius corium; Xylaria carpophila; Peniophora limitata and Ruzenia spermoides.
5th February 2024 - Fog Pane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A new place, one I had overlooked, I had a mooch and saw the following fungi:- Hypoxylon petriniae; Peniophora limitata; Calloria neglecta; Datronia mollis; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Trametes versicolor; Erythricium aurantiacum; Daldinia concentrica; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samarorum; Exidia plana; Seifertia azaleae; Xylaria hypoxylon; Stereum hirsutum; Peniophora quercina; Fomitopsis betulinus; Vuilleminia comedens; Chondrostereum purpureum; Inonotus hispidus and Taphrina betulina.
4th February 2024 - Big Pool Wood, Gronant, Flintshire - A return to a tucked away retreat that has really come on in leaps and bounds. The wind was whipping today so we didn't dawdle but we did record:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Dialonectria episphaeria; Erythricium aurantiacum; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Uromyces hyacinthi; Chondrostereum purpureum; Auricularia auricula-judae and Bjerkandera adusta.
4th February 2024 - Point of Ayr, Talacre, Flintshire - A trio of fungi were seen whilst looking for birds, these were:- Puccinia smyrnii; Puccinia malvacaeum and Claviceps purpurea - they all count.

3rd February 2024 - Eccles Utd/Port Salford Greenway, G. Manchester - A new footy ground and a few fungi seen prior to the game:- Endophragmia atra; Tremella mesenterica; Chondrostereum purpureum; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Auricularia auricula-judae; Trametes versicolor; Dialonectria episphaeria; Peniophora quercina; Byssomerulius corium; Vuilleminia coryli and Tubaria furfuracea.

2nd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - 3 species were noted on Salix, these were:- Hypholoma fasciculare; Henningsomyces puber and Chondrostereum purpureum.
2nd February 2024 - The Heaton's Centre, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk to the shops to post a book, a look at the small work grounds and a few micro fungi seen:- Albugo candida; Puccinia lapsanae; Puccinia lagenophorae and Coleroa robertiani keep the fungal eye in and the records building.
1st February 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and the few fungi listed were:- Dialonectria episphaeria; Peniophora quercina; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Torula herbarum and Calloria neglecta.
1st February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The only fungi seen on a dinnertime stroll were Cumminsiella mirabilissima and Uromyces hyacinthi - it gets the new month moving though.
30th January 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Oidium euonymi-japonici was new for the year bringing the monthly total up to 153 species recorded.
29th January 2024 - Alexandra Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A truly miserable day. I had a short stroll to clear the head, the few fungi I recorded were:- Auricularia mesenterica; Calloria neglecta; Xylaria carpophila; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Mycena tenerrima; Flammulina velutipes and Gloeophyllum sepiarium.
28th January 2024 - Burton Marsh, Cheshire - To finish the day a very short walk was taken in the sun before we had a coffee from the flasks and headed home. The only fungi seen were:- Puccinia lagenophorae and Puccina malvacaerum.
28th January 2024 - RSPB Burton Mere, Cheshire - The first mooch after a heavy bout of food poisoning. Taking it easy and looking at the birds was the aim but, as per, a few fungi crept into the mix. The species seen were:- Serpula himantioides; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Rhytisma acerinum; Stereum hirsutum; Hypoxylon fuscum; Trametes versicolor; Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma; Stereum sanguinolentum; Coleroa robertiani; Peniophora limitata; Hypoxylon petriniae; Exidia nucleata; Phloeomana speirea; Uromyces hyacinthi; Nectria cinnabarina; Exidia glandulosa; Macroconia leptosphaeriae; Nitschkia confertula; Leptosphaeria doliolum; Arthrinium phaeospermum and Crepidotus luteolus.
22nd January 2024 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short break on the homeward journey and a few more fungi for the day seen:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Endophragmia atra; Peniophora limitata; Exidia nucleata; Kretzschmaria deusta; Calyptella capula; Botryobasidion aureum; Stictis stellata; Tubaria furfuracea; Geastrum triplex; Taphrina betulina; Macroconia leptosphaeriae; Pleurophragmium parvisporum and Nitschkia confertula.
22nd January 2024 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A 15.5 mile bike ride, a short pootle through this country park and I saw:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Ruzenia spermoides; Stereum hirsutum; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Xylaria hypoxylon; Cudoniella acicularis; Hymenochaete rubiginosa; Peniophora quercina; Mycena tenerrima and Seifertia azaleae.
21st January 2024 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A walk to keep the blood flowing. Along the way we did what we did with a few fungi recorded:- Sarcoscypha austriaca; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Xanthoriicola physciae; Endophragmia atra; Crepidotus variabilis; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Phellinus pomaceus; Phlebia tremellosa; Ganoderma australe; Trametes gibbosa; Trametes versicolor; Tubaria furfuracea; Chondrostereum purpureum; Taphrina betulina; Fomitopsis betulina; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stereum subtomentosum; Coniophora puteana; Coprinellus micaceus; Kretzschmaria deusta; Xylaria hypoxylon; Xylaria carpophila; Dacrymyces stillatus; Tremella mesenterica; Peniophora quercina; Flammulina velutipes; Exidia nucleata; Hypoxylon petriniae; Daldinia concentrica; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Botryobasidion aureum and Phloeomana speirea.
20th January 2024 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A walk after a morn in Chorlton looking in the bookshops and having a coffee. The rain was falling so we walked with purpose but did see:- Auricularia auricula-judae var. lactea; Peniophora limitata; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Exidia plana; Tubaria furfuracea and Cerioporus leptocephalus.
18th January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early finish from work and a walk in the frost. A quick pootle at this local park and I saw only a few fungi:- Lachnum virgineum; Erythricium aurantiacum; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Datronia mollis and Ganoderma australe. It keeps matters rolling.
17th January 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Phragmidium sanguisorbae was doing well on the leaves of Salad Burnet, other than this, there was little to report.
16th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The snow had fallen, I still managed to record a quartet of fungi, these were:- Torula herbarum; Leptosphaeria acuta; Dendryphion comosum and Lycoperdon pyriforme.

14th January 2024 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus and my brother - very busy but off the beaten track we did see a few fungi:- Hypoxylon fuscum; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Datronia mollis; Vuilleminia coryli; Hypoxylon petriniae; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Stereum hirsutum; Byssomerulius corium; Auricularia auricula-judae; Nectria cinnabarina; Phloeomana speirea; Peniophora quercina; Peniophora limitata; Coleroa robertiani; Fomes fomentarius; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Schizophyllum commune; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Coprinellus micaceus; Ganoderma australe; Diatrype bullata; Mensularia radiata; Hypoholoma fasciculare; Xylaria hypoxylon; Hyphodontia sambuci; Stereum rugosum; Sarcomyxa serotina; Chondrostereum purpureum; Puccinia lagenophorae; Flammulina velutipes; Tremella mesenterica; Daldinia concentrica; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samarorum; Ganoderma applanatum; Cerioporus leptocephalus; Arrhenia retiruga; Bjerkandera adusta; Erythricium aurantiacum; Atheniella flavoalba; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Nitschkia confertula; Crepidotus cesatii; Leptosphaeria doliolum; Dendryphion comosum; Endophragmia atra; Neonectria ditissima; Phragmidium violaceum; Sarcoscypha austriaca and Ceriporia purpurea.

13th January 2024 - Manchester Cemetery, Chorlton, G. Manchester - A short pootle whilst waiting for the missus. I saw a few fungal examples to keep the noggin ticking. The species noted were:- Trametes versicolor; Coprinellus micaceus; Rhytisma acerinum; Peniophora quercina; Trametes gibbosa; Meripilus giganteus; Vuilleminia comedens; Chondrostereum purpureum; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Bjerkandera adusta; Taphrina betulina and Puccinia lagenophorae.
12th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst feeding the birds in my work dinner break I spied some Trametes gibbosa; Xylaria hypoxylon and Hypoxylon fragiforme on beech and nearby Seifertia azaleae was adorning a Rhododendron bud.
11th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - To keep the fungi flow going I saw several specimens of Phloeomana speirea on a Poplar branch with Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma growing nearby and some tucked away Xylaria hypoxylon.

10th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Back to work and a busy bugger I be.  I had a dinnertime stroll and noted a few street-fungi, these were:- Clavulina rugosa; Vuilleminia comedens; Coprinellus micaceus; Arrhenia retiruga and Bjerkandera fumosa.
7th January 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A short afternoon potter with the two lasses. The few fungi noted were:- Ganoderma resinaceum; Ganoderma australe; Radulomyces molaris; Xylaria longipes; Coprinellus micaceus; Pluteus cervinus; Cerioporus leptocephalus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Lepista flaccida; Stereum rugosum; Heterobasidion annosum; Stereum sanguinolentum; Auricularia auricula-judae; Tremella foliacea; Chondrostereum purpureum; Plicaturopsis crispa; Trametes versicolor; Lepista sordida; Sphaeropsis sapinea; Tubaria furfuracea; Lycoperdon pyriforme and Pleurotus ostreatus.
6th January 2024 - Brockholes NR, Preston, Lancashire - Up early and a pootle with the good lady before some footy. We were mainly birding but got sidetracked with a few fungi, these being:- Capitotricha bicolor; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Peziza varia; Phragmidium violaceum; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Rutstroemia firma; Phloeomana speirea; Hypholoma fasciculare; Mycena meliigena; Chromocyphella muscicola; Exidia nucleata; Daldinia concentrica; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samarorum; Sarcomyxa serotina; Stereum subtomentosum; Chondrostereum purpureum; Trametes versicolor; Datronia mollis; Hyphodontia sambuci; Auricularia auricula-judae; Coprinellus micaceus; Exidia recisa; Byssomerulius corium; Stereum hirsutum; Mycena galericulata; Xylaria hypoxylon; Plicaturopsis crispa; Diatrype bullata; Tremella mesenterica; Peniophora quercina; Cylindrobasidium laeve; Hypoxylon petriniae; Peniophora limitata; Stereum rugosum; Vuilleminia coryli and Annulohypoxylon multiforme.

5th January 2024 - Sett Valley Trail, New Mills, Derbyshire - The second part of the trip was split into recording sections but during this jaunt I saw:- Peniophora limitata; Byssomerulius corium; Exidia recisa; Albugo candida; Mycena tenerrima; Coprinellus micaceus; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Exidia recisa; Ganoderma applanatum; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samarorum; Flammulina velutipes; Tremella mesenterica; Peniophora lycii; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Nectria cinnabarina; Fomitopsis betulina; Taphrina betulina; Panellus stipticus; Stereum subtomentosum; Phlebia radiata; Trametes gibbosa; Vuilleminia comedens; Dacrymyces stillatus; Endophragmia atra; Diatrypella quercina; Crepidotus cesatii and Crepidotus luteolus.


5th January 2024 - Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Walkway, New Mills, Derbyshire - A trip out on the train done in two parts, the first area gave rise to the following fungi:- Stictis stellata; Crepidotus cesatii; Leptosphaeria acuta; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Pluteus cervinus; Pucciniastrum epilobii; Peniophora limitata; Mensularia radiata; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Sarcomyxa serotina; Clitocybe geotropa; Auricularia auricula-judae; Stereum rugosum; Exidia recisa; Diatrype bullata; Trametes versicolor; Capitotricha bicolor; Stereum hirsutum; Chondrostereum purpureum and Xylaria hypoxylon.

4th January 2024 - Ladybrook Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short cycle and walk before taking the bike in for repairs. the few fungi seen were:- Exidia recisa; Resupinatus trichotis; Peniophora quercina; Bjerkandera adusta and Auricularia auricula-judae.
3rd January 2024 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A good cycle and a wander in the rain (again). The fungi identified today were:- Calloria neglecta; Phragmidium violaceum; Merismodes confusa; Endophragmia atra; Leptosphaeria acuta; Melanospora lagenaria; Nitschkia confertula; Crepidotus cesatii; Flammulina velutipes; Ascotremella faginea; Sarcoscypha austriaca; Hypocrea pulvinata; Fomitopsis betulina; Stereum hirsutum; Bjerkandera adusta; Puccinia caricina var. ribesii-pendulae; Lespista flaccida; Mycena galericulata; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Geastrum triplex; Mycena tenerrima; Chromocyphella muscicola; Peniophora limitata; Exidia recisa; Exidia plana; Ganoderma australe; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Sarcomyxa serotina; Stereum subtomentosum; Taphrina betulina; Xylaria hypoxylon; Coprinellus micaceus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Trametes gibbosa; Tremella mesenterica; Nectria cinnabarina; Byssomerulius corium; Auricularia mesenterica; Trametes versicolor; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Auricularia auricula-judae; Exidia nucleata; Hypoxylon petriniae; Hysterographium fraxini and Dacrymyces stillatus.
2nd January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A pootle, a coffee, another short pootle in the pouring rain. I didn't hang about but I did record the following species after some microscopy:- Lachnella alboviolascens; Leptosphaeria doliolum; Trichopeziza sulphurea; Periconia byssoides; Phragmidium violaceum; Phacidium multivalve; Laccaria laccata; Auricularia auricula-judae; Peniophora limitata; Exidia nucleata; Stereum hirsutum; Trametes gibbosa; Byssomerulius corium; Nectria cinnabarina; Clitocybe geotropa; Bjerkandera adusta; Pleurotus ostreatus; Crepidotus mollis; Trametes versicolor; Chromocyphella muscicola; Datronia mollis; Schizophyllum commune; Xylaria carpophila and Vuilleminia coryli.
2nd January 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few fungi were noted whilst counting the birds, these were:- Puccinia lagenophorae; Peniophora quercina; Daldinia concentrica; Phloeomana speirea; Auricularia auricula-judae; Hypoxylon petriniae; Exidia nucleata; Trametes gibbosa; Diaporthe samaricola; Phoma samarorum; Exidia plana; Chondrostereum purpureum; Tremella mesenterica; Crepidotus luteolus; Byssomerulius corium; Illosporiopsis christiansenii; Xanthoriicola physciae and Gloeophyllum sepiarium.

1st January 2024 - Astley/Chat Moss, G. Manchester - The key today was to count the birds and get some steps in. A few fungi were noted along the way:- Panaeolus semiovatus var. semiovatus; Coprinopsis lagopus; Crepidotus epibryus; Peziza vesiculosa; Phragmidium violaceum; Flammulina velutipes; Fomitopsis betulina; Rhytisma acerinum; Xylaria longipes; Geastrum triplex; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Phlebia radiata; Exidia nucleata; Rhopographus filicinus; Trametes versicolor; Hyphodontia sambuci; Orbilia alnea; Auricularia auricula-judae; Sarcomyxa serotina; Taphrina betulina; Stereum hirsutum and Xylaria hypoxylon were the few species to get the new year ball rolling.