Today I had my first fieldtrip on my new course, to the Moss Valley. It’s a great site and well worth a visit.
The morning started off with a study of hedgerows, and the afternoon became something of a safari finding the various weird and wonderful fungi that live in the valley’s woodlands. It’s safe to say I learnt a lot about both subjects today, and had a lot of fun to boot.
The most notable bird of the day was a buzzard overhead, which gave us great views while we ate our lunch.
There were a good few of these rather rude-looking stinkhorns around, which smelt rather nasty and could be sniffed out a range of a few metres or so.
This fly agaric was surrounded by some youngsters, which quite deceptively lacked any of the “adult” mushroom’s warning colours.
Dead Man’s Fingers – one of the most morbidly, but aptly named, fungi!
Horn of Plenty – very hard to spot among the leaves.
Sulphur Tuft on a rotting log.
A mystery fungus we couldn’t name…
Oak Cherry Galls – unusually four on one leaf.