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?
The “Telegraph” reports that Councils are to be banned from cutting grass verges in the early summer and developers will be forced to put in place new nesting sites for bees when they demolish buildings. These plans are being considered by the Government to increase insect numbers.
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.
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.
Moss Bell (Galerina hypnorum).
Creeping Thistle Rust (Puccinia punctiformis), above and below.
Cup Lichen (Cladonia coccifera).
Common Cotton Grass (Eriophorum angustifolium).
Hare’s Tail Cotton Grass (Eriophorum vaginatum).
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