Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hardcastle Crags 25-04-13

 I managed to find a perfect Pinecone Cap protruding out of the woodland floor, which had grown on a pine cone submerged underneath, and also some more cheerful Snowy Discos, this time growing from a pine twig. 

Pinecone Cap (Strobilurus tenacellus), above and below.

Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum), growing on a pine twig.

Pine Needle Cast (Lophodermium pinastri).

I ran out of time at the Crags, so I photographed the Pine Needle Cast at home (above and below).

The black, oval fruiting bodies (apothecia) run in lines along the needle itself and have a shallow depression at the centre.

2013-04-29T14:19:00+01:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Park Wood 01-02-13

It was great to see the Albino Jelly Ear without it being covered in snow and it shall be interesting to observe, whether later this year the very small ones reach maturity or not and if they can be sighted on anymore elder trees in the area. The Winter Polypores were flourishing and I shall try and find the Green Elfcups on future forays to Park Wood, if I can remember where the fallen branch is.

Fringed Polypore (Polyporus ciliatus), cap above and pores below.

A pretty cluster of Scarlet Elfcups (Sarcoscypha austriaca).

Albino Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-juddae) var. lactea, above and below.

The mycelium of the Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) had stained the wood a beautiful blue-green. The fruiting bodies  were not there on this trip, however I shall try and find them in situ this year.

Elder Whitewash (Hyphodontia sambuci).

Cramp Balls or King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).

Bark Bonnet (Mycena speirea), Thanks again to Chris for the id.

Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus).

2013-04-29T13:37:00+01:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Otter in Calder Valley

A friend of mine saw an otter last Thursday at about 2pm in the Calder Valley. First he saw some sudden movements of fish in the water, then the otter broke the surface and he realised what had disturbed the fish.  He has lived locally for nearly 70 years, on and off, and says he’s never seen an otter in this area before.

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2013-04-29T13:14:00+01:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Ogden Water 31-01-13

Bruce, Steve, Andy and myself visited Ogden Water again after the snow had melted, which revealed the masses of Pithya vulgaris  on the recycled Fir trees at the reservoir edge. There were hundreds of them, all of various sizes ranging from tiny smooth dots, to these mature convoluted ones below.
Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris), above and below.

Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme), above and below.

Crystal Brain (Exidia nucleata), in the above three photographs. Thanks to Mal Greaves for the identification.

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

Immature Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

 Mature Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha), above and below.

2013-04-29T12:35:00+01:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Free Botanical Training Day

Pennine Prospects are running a free botanical training day on Thurs 24th May. Have a look at :

Kate Burnett is running the training day.

There is a free lunch, and it takes place in the Slaithwaite area of Huddersfield, so it’s a chance for us Calderdale naturalists to brush up on our plant identification skills and also see a little of the countryside a short hop over the hill in Kirklees.

Cowberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea (centre- with pink and white flowers.)
Crow Hill, Sowerby    SB
2013-04-29T11:34:00+01:00April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

More birds at Withens Clough

Wednesday 24th April – a grey & windy day – I went back to Withens Clough to see if the Goldeneye were still there.  No sign of them, but I did see a Wheatear, a Common Sandpiper and a Ringed Plover. 

2013-04-28T07:40:00+01:00April 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Broadhead Clough 30-01-13

Broadhead Clough is my local nature reserve, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.  It is always pleasant to wander through as it is so peaceful and quiet and on most occasions I visit, I never see another soul.

Variable Oysterling (Crepidotus variabalis), cap above, gills below.

Beech Barkspot (Diatrype disciformis). Thanks Chris.

Split Porecrust (Schizopora paradoxa).

Birch Woodwart (Hypoxylon multiforme)

Blushing Brackets (Daedaleopsis confragosa), above and below.

2013-04-24T14:20:00+01:00April 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum)

 I went for a short walk through North Dean Woods and found lots of really dainty clusters of Snowy Disco on fallen Beech masts and leaves, underneath the leaf litter.  

2013-04-23T14:15:00+01:00April 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Bog Beacons (Mitrula paludosa) 22-04-13

I went to check on the Bog Beacons (Mitrula paludosa) and they have grown a little, but not significantly. There are more specimens growing in the same location, and it will be interesting to observe their progress and monitor their development.


2013-04-23T13:31:00+01:00April 23rd, 2013|0 Comments
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