To be honest it was all a bit muddy to find much, but she had a good time looking and was ably assisted by the dog. The roots are so shallow that they barely look like they should be able to hold a huge beech tree up.
They didn't find any fossils, so moved onto a bit of tree climbing (considerably easier with the tree on its side!) and the dog enjoyed racing around with sticks.
We found some beautiful turkeytail nearby. It's a very common bracket fungus, but the amazing range of colours on it never ceases to amaze me.
There was also a wavy bracket fungus, which has the rather unglamorous name of hairy curtain crust. I think it looks quite pretty and probably deserves a slightly nicer name than that!
On the way back down the hill we spotted our treasure in the grass next to the path. This strange white fuzz is actually a slime mould called Mucilago Crustacea, which has the lovely common name of Dog Vomit Slime Mould. It's usually found in grass, unlike Fuligo Septica (also with the same common name) which is usually found on wood or mulch.
|Dog vomit slime mould|
|The more mature slime mould had lost it's white fuzz|