In November 2016, we had a visit from three experts (Paul Cannon, Martyn Ainsworth and Brian Douglas) from Kew Gardens to look for Lost and Found Fungi.
Highlights of the visit included finds, at Stackpole, of Entoloma bloxamii (Big blue pinkgill), Geoglossum atropurpureum (Dark purple earthtongue) and Hypocreopisis rhododendri (Hazel gloves) all of which are species of conservation concern in the UK.
Hypocreopisis rhododendri (Hazel gloves)
Dave Levell completed the collection by bringing along one of the Lost and Found target species, the smut Entyloma eryngii-maritimi, on a specimen of Sea Holly from Freshwater West – an excellent find.
Another find which was of particular interest to the group was a collection of blackening waxcaps consistent with the description for Hygrocybe olivaceonigra. The specimens were found on the dunes at Broadhaven (South) and retained by Kew for DNA testing. More info on the Lost & Found Project
Lichenochora epifulgens parasitising Gyalolechia fulgens
Looking at Lichens
Looking at Hazel gloves
We had a fairly small but enthusiastic turnout for this foray on Guy Fawkes day 5th November, with some new faces /volunteers from the Wildlife Trust. Despite the woods being very dry, we found a nice range of species, including a new Pembrokeshire record for Gymnopus confluens.
Thanks to everyone who came!
Mike Karpaty going in deep
Fomes fomentarius - Hoof Fungus
Lepista nuda - Wood Blewitt
Lepista nuda - Wood Blewitt
Agaricus xanthodermus - Yellow Stainer
Clitocybe nebularis - Clouded Funnel
Amanita citrina - False Death cap
Cortinarius sp - webcap showing its veil
A well-attended foray in excellent weather with lots of finds.Good to see some new faces (and some old ones!) – I have relatively few photos, as I was trying to ID records in the field, so welcome any more photos, please send to email@example.com
A very nice foray on 30th October 2016 organised by the Wildlife Trust (Mid Pembs) led by John Steer and attended by Jane Hodges and Adam Pollard. Not as many species as usual for this time of year but more than was expected. We also found Meadow Waxcap, Snowy Waxcap and Hygocybe chlorophana (one of the yellow ones)
Parasol - Macrolepiota procera
Disc fungus on cowpat
Parrot Waxcap - Gliophorus psittacinus
Liberty Cap - Psilocybe semilanceata
Not a fungus, but always nice to see
UKFD Foray at Orielton
Thanks for your support for the UKFD event on Saturday 8th October 2016.
Although fungi were far less readily found than in earlier years, there were some remarkable finds. I am working through the records and pictures and will circulate details as soon as I’ve got something assembled.
The find of the pale cream club fungus, Clavaria amoenoides, on the grassland behind the house was very special – previously only 6 confirmed UK records (2 of these from Pembrokeshire).
Our visiting expert, Slavomir, was hoping to find a rare group of fungi called Fanvaults – and was not disappointed when a collection turned up alongside the woodland track. He later returned to the same place and found a further 6 collections!. It seems likely that at least 3 of these will be new species for the UK – he was amazed to find so many in one spot. He is currently working on this group so it may be a year or so before the DNA is completed and analysed and the paper published. Orielton should feature prominently.
I think it will be fair to say that the Orielton visit has been the highlight of Slavomir’s visit to the UK.
If you have any good pictures from the event you are happy to share, please send them to me and I will ensure Adam/Mike get a copies for the the website.
We had a very successful foray on Sunday at Minwear Woods. We went to a mycorrhizal hotspot and found a range of interesting fungi.
About 20 of us turned up on a pleasant sunny day, expecting to find very little, due to dry conditions, but we were pleasantly surprised and found a good number of species, including Dune Waxcaps, Dune Stinkhorns, Conocybe dunensis, Psathyrella ammophila as well as a new Welsh record, Psathyrella bipellis.
A dozen of us turned up at the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran and spent a couple of hours looking through old oak and hazel woodland. Here are some of the photos we found. Credits to Ross Grisbook for most of these (the good ones anyway!)