Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hardcastle Crags 26-07-13

Michael Sykes, myself  and my magnificent mini mycologist Oliver had a foray and we managed to find quite a few species. Some were in better condition than others especially the Boletus calopus, but it pleased Oliver as it was really colourful and he enjoyed touching the pores and staining them blue. Everything was later taken home and positively identified examined under the microscope.

Charcoal Burner (Russula cyanoxantha), above and three below.

Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus).

 Penny Bun (Boletus edulis), Michael’s photograph.

A young Artist’s Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum).

Bitter Beech Bolete (Boletus calopus), above and below, noted to be occasional and not very common.

Pale Stagshorn (Calocera pallidospathulata)
A very tatty Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva).

Purple Brittlegill (Russula atropurpurea/krombholzii), above and below.



Ceratiomyxa fructiculosa, a slime mould.

2013-07-30T22:12:00+01:00July 30th, 2013|0 Comments

North Dean Wood 25-07-13

Michael Sykes and I have a pleasant walk with Basil and we stumbled upon these fungi along the way. We also found quite a few Russulas which I will add when I’ve examined them microscopically.


Small Stagshorn (Calocera cornea).

Michael’s photo of Fuligo septica.

Phallus impudicus.

Boletus chrysenteron, in situ above and below.

Cap of Boletus taken later at home.

Polyporus leptocephalus, above and below.

Enteridium lycoperdon, my photo above and Michael’s below.

2013-07-28T20:43:00+01:00July 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 19-07-13

Michael and I had a short walk around the Crags in the one of the hottest days so far, luckily we were under the tree canopy most of the time so it wasn’t too oppressive. 

Chicken of the Woods (Polyporus sulphureus), above and below.

Leaf Parachute (Marasmius epiphyllus), above in situ and the two photographs below were taken later at home.

 Cap above and gills below.

2013-07-26T20:49:00+01:00July 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Pexwood, Todmorden 20th & 24th July 2013

Oliver, Portia and myself had a foray around the neighbourhood and we found lots of powdery mildews infecting a variety of species.

Uromyces geranii on/with Geranium molle, above and two below.

Chocolate Spot (Botrytis fabae) on/with my Dad’s broad bean (Vicia faba) .

Sphaerotheca epilobii on/with Epilobium hirsutum.

Erysiphe lonicerae on/with Portia’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum).

Sphaerotheca aphanis on/with Geum urbanum, above and below.

2013-07-25T21:32:00+01:00July 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Sunday July 28th

Flowers and Grasses of Cromwell Bottom


Meet Steve Blacksmith from Halifax Scientific Society for a walk around Cromwell Bottom looking at plants and help with the annual butterfly count.


Meet in the car park behind Cromwell House, Cromwell Bottom (grid reference SE125225) off the A6025 between Elland and Brighouse (look for the brown road sign) at 10.30am for a 10.45am start.

Insect repellent advisable. Donations welcome to Scientific Society. Event ends around 3pm
2013-07-25T09:25:00+01:00July 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Yorkshire Naturalists Union visit to Cromwell Bottom 17-07-13

It was a glorious sunny day and a complete contrast to the earlier visit by the members of the YNU, when it rained continuously throughout the entire day. It was a fantastic day for recording a variety of different species and I acquired a lot of knowledge from the enthusiastic group of experts. The colours of the Russula versicolour that Bruce found did not come out very well in the photo taken later at home, but in the field the the pink, olive green, brown and grey on the cap were noted by all. 
Podosphaera clandestina var. clandestina on/with Crataegus monogyna. 
Sawadaea bicornis on/with Acer pseudoplanatus.

Microsphaera alphitoides on/with Quercus species.

Erysiphe heraclei on/with Heracleum sphondylium.

Erysiphe trifolii var. trifolii on/with Trifolium pratense.


Oak Mazegill (Daedalea quercina) on Quercus stump.

Variable Brittlegill (Russula versicolor), above and below under birch. The mosquitoes were so bad, it was a case of getting a quick picture then moving on.

Russula gills.

Russula versicolour spores.
2013-07-23T20:52:00+01:00July 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Park Wood 15-07-13

I didn’t expect to find much due the heat wave, but there were plenty of Phallus impudicus to be found in various locations and I was surprised that the Scutellinia wasn’t completely desiccated, so it turned out to be quite a productive foray. 

Erysiphe alphitoides.

Lycogala epidendrum.

Blackfoot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus).

Common Eyelash (Scutellinia scutellata).

Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus), above and the two images below.

2013-07-15T20:59:00+01:00July 15th, 2013|0 Comments

Visit from the Yorkshire Naturalists Union this Wednesday


A reminder that the Yorkshire Naturalists Union will be visiting Cromwell Bottom L.N.R. this Wednesday the 17th of July to further explore the site. There will be experts in many fields coming along. We will be meeting at 10:00 am in the car park. All welcome.

Remember to bring lunch if you wish to stay into the afternoon and enough water to drink.

2013-07-15T16:04:00+01:00July 15th, 2013|0 Comments
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