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Hardcastle Crags 27th October.

On a fallen conifer trunk…
Possibly Gymnopilus hybridus. One of the Rustgills.
A Russula – one of the Brittlegills. When it was entire it was scarlet with a black centre.
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Hardcastle Crags Sunday 27th October

This was from the Soil Hill walk a few weeks ago. It’s a water plant – a hornwort from a deep semi-permanent puddle in the track on top of  Soil Hill. Geoffey Willmore of West Yorkshire Ecology confirmed its rarity away from the Wakefield/Leeds lowlands. Ceterophyllum demersum.

 We had a rainy walk in the top end of the Crags on Sunday 27th October.. Some fascinating finds, though, including this striking beetle, Nicrophorus investigator, which was burrowing among rotten fungi at the base of a tree.

 This moss hangs from branches creating a jungle effect. Possibly Hypnum mammilatum.


This erect moss has amazing twiggy branches. “Twangy” moss we called it. There was just this patch.

This beautiful lichen had come down from high in a Sycamore on a dead branch.It had a silvery reverse side.
We saw 2 dead rabbits (1 partly eaten by a raptor), and a dead bank vole very near this feeding site.
One lively Dipper Cinclus cinclus on the river.
Lots of very nice fungi, though mostly spoiled by the rain. See Mycology blog. (Link to the left.)

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Broadhead Clough 25-10-13

Seven of us joined Jim Horsfall form the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to record the grassland species in the meadows above the clough. We had a very productive day and the fields were abundant with a variety of different species ranging from waxcaps to the the parasitic Powdercap Strangler.

Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) – above and below.

Slimy Waxcap (Hygrocybe irrigata).

Heath Waxcap (Hygrocybe laeta).

Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana). 

Dwarf Bell (Galerina pumila).

Collared Mosscap (Rickenella swartzii), R. fibula was also recorded but I didn’t photograph it.

A troop of dung fungi.

Psilocybe coprophila. 

White Spindles (Clavaria fragilis).

Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea).

Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum) above and spores below.


Spores 4-5.5 x 3-4.

Powdercap Strangler (Squamanita paradoxa) – a parasitic fungus on Cystoderma amianthinum.

Peachysteve’s photo of the S.paradoxa below.

Images below taken later at home.

Spores 7.7 – 10.5 x 4.5-5.5.

Hygrocybe vitellina – above and below.

Lilac Pinkgill (Entoloma porphyrophaeum).

Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica).

Apricot Club (Clavulinopsis luteoalba).

Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea).

Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis).


Oily Waxcap (Hygrocybe quieta).

Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis). 

Entoloma chalybaeum var. lazulinum – above and below.

Dung Roundhead (Stropharia semiglobata) Peachysteve’s photograph.

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Scout Road Park 21-10-13

A couple of our finds whilst playing in the park after school and you can just see Oliver in the background on the right with his friend Jude.

Weeping Widow (Lacrymaria lacrymabunda) – above and below. The largest one had been kicked over and damage must have occurred to the gills and they were not weeping opalescent droplets but you can see them on the one I picked to take home in the photograph below. 

Spores 8.5 – 10.5 x 5.5 -7

Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis). 
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Date Waxcap Hygrocybe spadicea ? (Sorry got the I.d. wrong. It’s H. conica, Blackening Waxcap. See comments. SB)

If so it’s the second one for Calderdale. This was on a mossy, unfertilised lawn on acid sandy soil in the Saville Park area of Halifax.
I have the specimen. All these pictures are of the one today.

The other I found at Wade Wood Fields on 8th October 1995 on a foray with Roy Watling, Alan Braddock, Bob Taylor and others (a joint Halifax Scientific Society and Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group Foray.)  Said to be a new record for V.C. 63 at the time by Michael Sykes.

Same mushroom below in its blackened state on 30.10.13
confirming H.conica 
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Broadhead Clough 22-10-13

I had a short walk up to to Broadhead with Basil in the persistent rain but it was worth it to see the new species of fungi that have appeared since my previous visit.

Slimy Waxcap (Hygrocybe irrigata) – above and below. It was so slimy that I had a job picking it up!

Smoky Spindles (Clavaria fumosa) – above and below. Quite a few more clusters have appeared since the last visit.

Variable Webcap (Cortinarius anomalus).

Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea). Absolutely beautiful!

Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis).

Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea).

Jellybaby (Leotia lubrica).

Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum), apologies for the horrendous photograph.

Yellowleg Bonnet (Mycena epipterygia).

Oak Pin (Cudoniella acicularis).


Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus). 
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Nutclough 18-10-13

Johnny and I had a very colourful walk with Basil and Betty up through the wood then onto some grassland at the top where Johnny has found lots of Hygrocybe species in the past and luckily enough there was a brilliant dazzling display of fungi that certainly cheered up the gloomy day. 

Fairy Inkcap (Coprinus disseminatus).

Beech Milkcap (Lactarius blennius).

Wrinkled Club (Clavaria rugosa).


Girdled Webcap (Cortinarius trivialis) above and two below.

False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca).

Earthy Powercap (Cystoderma amianthinum).

Parrot Waxcap (Hygrocybe psittacina) above and Johnny’s photo below. 

Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea) – above and Johnny’s photo below.

Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis).

Scarlet Caterpillarclub  (Cordyceps militaris).

White Spindles (Clavaria fragilis).

Lilac Pinkgill (Entoloma porphyrophaeum) – above and below.

Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana).

Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea) – Johnny’s photograph.

I do have more photographs to upload and I will do so asap!



2013-10-23T21:18:00+01:00October 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

North Dean 17-10-13

Peachysteve, Rik and I had a quick look around in the wood and we were lucky enough to find M. fistulosa sprouting up through the debris. They are said to be occasional but as with most fungi I think, it is due to their relatively small size and also they look a bit like twigs and probably overlooked.

A young Butter Cap (Rhodocollybia butyracea) – cap above and gills below.

Frosty Webcap (Cortinarius hemitrichus) – above and two below.

Mature specimens.

Pipe Club (Macrotyphula fistulosa).

Spores 9-15 x 6.5-8

2013-10-21T15:00:00+01:00October 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Ogen Water 16-10-13

After our trip to Kebroyd earlier in the day Johnny, Steve and myself met up with Calderdale’s Environmental  team in the pouring rain after their meeting for a very wet and soggy foray. We didn’t go far as the weather conditions went from bad to worse and we all hastily retreated back to the meeting room for a hot drink. The good news is that the P. vulgaris has returned and am looking forward to seeing it again once it has reached maturity and we also found another P. flammans.

Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris).

Flaming Scalycap (Pholiota flammans).
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