The fungus was a Dryad's Saddle, a large bracket fungus the size of dinner plates. It was the only fungus I saw on my walk and was big and beautiful. Apparently it gets it's name from the tree nymphs of Greek mythology, called Dryads, that rode around on it. Unfortunately I didn't see any tree nymphs today though!
It was lovely surprise to see it and now I'm looking forward to Autumn and snuffling through the woods for fungi again!
The second thing that caught my eye was a forest within a forest! A large bank of moss (I think it's common haircap) was covered in pointy golden capsules on slender red stems. Tiny, but massive at the same time!
|A forest of common haircap|
The woods are lovely this time of year, with the sunshine reaching through the lime green new beech leaves.
Under the trees at the top of the hill, there was quite a lot of wood spurge growing in amongst the dog's mercury. It's also known as Devil's cup and saucer, due to the shape of the green bracts. I also found delicate little woodruff flowers in amongst the grass at the side of the tracks.
|Wood spurge or Devil's cup and saucer|
|Bee-fly on green alkanet|
|Female orange tip on forget-me-not|
|Badger Bank is now well hidden under a sea of green|
|You can still make out the trails up to the sett though - one going right|
and one going left
|If you climb up the bank, you can still make out the mounds of dug out chalk |
and spot some entrances