Monday, 27 October 2014

A walk through Chinnor Hill

It was such as beautiful day today that we went for a walk through the woods at Chinnor Hill. It's stunning woodland made up mostly of ancient beech trees.

#100DaysOfNature Day 99

Initially there seemed to be very few fungi, but there was actually quite a lot there, it just took a bit of hunting as it was all well camouflaged in the fallen leaves.

We found two very small Amethyst Deceivers. The picture doesn't show the colour very well as they were actually really quite purple. There were also several patches of Rosy Bonnets. They are pale pink when they are newly grown, turning darker as they get older. They're a pretty colour, but toxic, so not to be touched.

Amethyst Deceiver
Pale pink, newly emerged Rosy Bonnets

Rosy Bonnets

A Rosy Bonnet that has turned darker as it aged

We found a few different ink caps - They start out domed, then flatten out, turn black and start to disintegrate, literally dripping away like ink (hence the name).

I believe this is an ink cap that has started to disintegrate
We found one ink cap that appeared to have flecks of white on the cap, which were the remnants of the covering that had been over the cap when it first grew (similar to the white spots on a fly agaric). This one could be a Magpie Ink Cap, which is quite a rare find.

#100DaysOfNature Day 96 - Magpie Ink Cap

There were several types of bracket fungus, including Many-zones Polypore, Dryad's Saddle and Artisit's Fungus.

Many-zoned Polypore

Dryad's Saddle

Artist's Fungus

The underside of Artist's Fungus - it gets it's name because you are
supposed to be able to draw on the white surface.
A few of our other discoveries ...

Maybe a type of bracket fungus - it looked well chewed!

Large yellow fungus hidden in the leaf litter

Fairies Bonnets

Growing out of a hole in a log

Common Puffballs
Looks a bit like popcorn - called Variable Oysterling

#100DaysOfNature Day 98 - Variable Oysterlings

We also found a tree trunk with lots of holes in it, that I believe are made by a bee, maybe a Carpenter Bee.

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