Saffrondrop bonnets are one of our Chiltern specialties and are relatively easy to identify with their orange stems. They are so full of orange juice that you can take the cap off and write with them (glad to say it did wash off!)
|You can write with the juice from the stem|
|An old and now battered puffball - still full of spores that 'puff'|
out when hit with a stick
|Large clumps of coral fungus growing out of the leaf litter under beech trees|
|More coral fungus|
|Dead moll's fingers - they do look like black fingers reaching out of the ground|
|Probably a russet toughshank, but this one was so curled up at the edges that |
we thought it looked like a starfish
|Not sure what this one is but it was soft and squishy and covered in white fur|
The fly agaric is the traditional fairy toadstall, but is poisonous. When they first emerge they're covered in a white veil that breaks up as the cap expands leaving the white spots on the cap. These spots can be washed away by the rain leaving a shiny red cap. Somebody had picked this one and propped it back up again so we took it with us to make spore prints later.
Magpie inkcaps are another of my favourites. This one was in such perfect condition, but will have started to drip away by this time tomorrow and will be mostly gone by the next day.
|Golden scalycap - this was growing on the end of some cut tree trunks. It had|
a very slimy cap that was covered in dark brown scales
|Beechwood sickener - another poisonous one|
|Newly emerged blusher - related to the fly agaric, this also has a veil that |
breaks apart as the cap expands leaving the grey scales on top.
|Shaggy parasol - a huge dinner plate sized mushroom with shaggy scales on |
|There were troops of clouded funnels throughout the woods|
|I think this is one of the webcaps|
|I'm not sure what this one is - I just liked its hairy cap!|
|Parasol (left), fly agaric (top right), wood blewit (middle right) and golden|
scalycap (bottom right)