Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fiddle Wood 30-06-13

Myself and Michael Sykes has a short walk around Fiddle Wood this morning and managed to find an oak log covered in Pleurotus cornucopiae and which I must say, Michael captured perfectly.

Branching Oyster (Pleurotus cornucopiae) on Quercus robur.

2013-06-30T20:19:00+01:00June 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Purple Small-Reed. New to Calderdale?

Walking the canal towpath this afternoon at Walsden, I saw a tall grass which I haven’t seen before in Calderdale; in fact the last time I saw it in the wild was at the SSSI at Leven Canal near the river Hull, East Yorks.

This Purple Small-Reed, Calamagrostis canescens at Walsden must have been there a while as it has covered a large area with its rhizomatous roots. It is a lovely grass with its long purplish flower heads and is dominating the vegetation, as seen in the photo.

Can anyone say if this grass has any local records? I wonder how it got to Walsden?

2013-06-29T20:57:00+01:00June 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Mowing verges

To follow on from Bruce’s post about wild flower verges, we might see lots of grass flowers such as this Crested Dogs Tail. So colourful now the anthers are showing.

2013-06-28T19:01:00+01:00June 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Broadhead Clough 26-06-13

I walked up from the bottom of Cragg Road up to the Clough and was quite happy to spend a couple of hours there in the peace and tranquility. However, I couldn’t stay in one position very long or else swarms of midges appeared from nowhere. I found three Cordyceps, purely by chance in the leaf litter, which was surprising as I wasn’t particularly looking for them and some very spooky looking Dead Man’s Fingers.
Nettle Rust (Puccinia urticata). I found these two rather impressive examples, that had dramatically distorted the stem.

Brittle Cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) on a Fagus sylvatica stump.

Bog Beacon (Mitrula paludosa). Now that they are mature there heads are now very warty and convoluted.

Holly Speckle (Trochila ilicina) on an Ilex leaf.

Phacidium multivalve on an Ilex leaf.

Wolf’s Milk Slime (Lycogala epidendrum).

Ophiocordyceps ditmarii – this was the first one I found.

This was the second.

This was the third.

I photographed them together at home, as I said in the intro, the midges were far too irritating to get a decent photo in situ.

Dead Man’s Fingers ( Xylaria polymorpha), above and below on a Fagus sylvatica stump. In the photo below I think, they look like something out of a horror movie.

Moss Bell (Galerina hypnorum). 

Creeping Thistle Rust (Puccinia punctiformis), above and below.

2013-06-28T11:54:00+01:00June 28th, 2013|0 Comments

North Hollingworth 27-06-13

Michael Sykes and myself had a walk near North Hollingworth this morning before the rain came. The Cotton Grass looked fantastic swaying in the breeze and there so many beautiful little flowering plants and lichens to see too, and Michael managed to capture these specimens we found brilliantly.

Cup Lichen (Cladonia coccifera).

Common Cotton Grass (Eriophorum angustifolium).

Hare’s Tail Cotton Grass (Eriophorum vaginatum).

2013-06-27T20:39:00+01:00June 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Park Wood 25-06-13

I had a pleasant walk through the wood and I was pleased to find some of our favourite species of fungi we found last year, re-appear and I wish that Oliver had been with me when I saw the Scutellinia as he positively identified it last autumn, aged four!

Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus).

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), spore print lilac.

Cap of the Oyster above and gills below.

Common Eyelash (Scutellinia scutellata).

Blackfoot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus), cap. above and pores below. The stalk you can see growing through the cap is a bluebell.

Chicken of the Woods/ Sulphur Polypore (Laetiporus sulphureus), above and below.

Collared Parachute (Marasmius rotula).  Taken in situ above, and in in better light conditions below.

Gills of the Marasmius rotula below.

Bay Polypore (Polyporus durus). A very aged example


Grooved Bonnet (Mycena polygramma).
2013-06-27T14:46:00+01:00June 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Cragg Road 25-06-13

Michael Sykes alerted us to the location of these Dryad’s Saddles (Polyporus squamosus) on Cragg Road. We drove up and took a picture yesterday evening and Oliver was very impressed.

2013-06-26T21:41:00+01:00June 26th, 2013|0 Comments
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