Golden Scalycap, Pholiota aurivella

Twenty CAN members gathered at Tatton on the 1st of November to join the Fungal Punk (Dave Higginson-Tranter) on a fungus foray. The warm autumnal weather held up, as we got stuck in to splitting asomycetes from basidiomycetes, and getting to know the mycelia and reproductive strategies of the fungal kingdom.

Dave showing us the White Saddle fungus, Helvella crispa

Our walk took us from the Knutsford entrance of Tatton along through the leaf-littered path west of the mere, to investigate the grassland and mossy stumps and logs of felled trees. Here we discovered Sulphur tuft Hypholoma fasciculare, common puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), rusts on fallen logs, candle snuff fungi (Xylaria hypoxylon) and several of the tricky Mycena species, notoriously difficult to identify in the field!

From here we discovered some of the parks storm damaged trees that were home to the ‘poached egg’ fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) and amongst the grasslands we found yellow field cap (Bolbitius titubans) and amongst the pine trees, where the deer were foraging, we found the Copper Spike fungus (Chroogomphus rutilus).

Jelly 'Ear' Fungus, Auricularia auricula-judaeThose  were just the highlights of a foray where we found 84 species in the field, with a further 19 added through microscopic identification!

CAN would like to extend its thanks to Fungal Punk Dave for an entertaining and informative foray (and microscope work!), and we look forward to arranging another Cheshire foray in the near future.

Dave’s website can be found at www.fungalpunknature.co.uk.

Witches Butter, Exidia glandulosa

A slime mould (myxomycetes), Arcyria denudata (?)

Full species list:

Lycoperdon perlatum; Schizophyllum commune; Chondrostereum purpureum; Oudemansiella mucida; Bulgaria inquinans; Helvella crispa; Mycena rosea; Schizopora paradoxa; Armillaria ostoyae; Xylaria hypoxylon; Lactarius quietus; Mycena galericulata; Peniophora quercina; Amanita rubescens; Stereum hirsutum; Melampsoridium betulinum; Mycena haematopus; Psathyrella hydrophila; Bjerkandera adusta; Laccaria amethystea; Ganoderma australe; Rhodocollybia butyracea; Phlebia tremellosa; Mycena arcangeliana; Microsphaera alphitoides; Mycena inclinata; Hypholoma fasciculare; Pycnostysanus azaleae; Lepista sordida; Clitocybe nebularis; Rhytisma acerinum; Lepista flaccida; Nectria cinnabarina; Phragmidium violaceum; Lactarius blennius; Laccaria laccata; Russula nobilis; Tubaria furfuracea; Scleroderma citrinum; Gymnopus confluens; Vuilleminia comedens; Lycoperdon pyriforme; Leccinum versipelle; Boletus edulis; Boletus luridiformis; Hypoxylon fragiforme; Trametes gibbosa; Lepista nuda; Bolbitius titubans; Armillaria mellea; Trametes versicolor; Clitopilus prunulus; Auricularia auricular-judae; Exidia glandulosa; Mycena pura; Trichoderma viride; Coprinellus micaceus; Meripilus giganteus; Diatrype disciformis; Libertella faginea; Pholiota squarrosa; Armillaria gallica; Russula ochroleuca; Postia stiptica; Lactarius subdulcis; Macrolepiota procera; Tricholoma ustale; Piptoporus betulinus; Annulohypoxylon multiforme; Boletus badius; Hygrocybe pratensis; Gymnopilus penetrans; Dacrymyces stillatus; Chroogomphus rutilus; Mycena galopus; Calyptella capula; Stropharia pseudocyanea; Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca; Stropharia semiglobata; Leptosphaeria acuta; Pholiota aurivella; Phlebia radiata; Dermoloma cuneifolium; Trichaptum abietinum; Psilocybe semilanceata; Stropharia melanosperma; Daedaleopsis confragosa; Cystoderma amianthinum; Calocera cornea; Hypholoma capnoides; Clavulinopsis corniculata; Ascocoryne sarcoides; Ascocoryne cylichnium; Crepidotus cesatii; Suillus granulatus; Pluteus chrysophaeus; Hymenoscyphus herbarum; Pluteus podospileus; Belonidium sulphureum; Hygrocybe chlorophana; Hygrocybe laeta var. flava; Parasola leiocephala and the myxo Lycogala epidendrum.