Black Milking Bonnet
Fairy Inkcap (Coprinellus disseminatus)
Yellow sp. of Club
Hairy Curtain Crust
Brown Oak Cup (Rutstroemia firma)
Oak Bark Spot
Beech Tar Crust
Boletus sp. (small)
Russula sp. (Yellow Cap)
Meadow Waxcap (Large number.)
VIOLET CORAL two fruiting bodies some metres apart
Magic Mushroom (Liberty Cap.)
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust
Scribe SB – checked Peachysteve
Our Foray at Stoodley Glen produced the following list: With thanks to Peachysteve for id’s of less common fungi.
(Further information on the day’s sightings is over on Calderdale-wildlife.blogspot.)
Birch Polypore (Latin names will be added later if I have time)
Dark Honey Fungus
Un-id woodland Agaric
Un-id bracket possibly young Turkeytail
Russula sp. (grey cap)
Oak twig spot
Birch twig spot
Oak twig spot (different from above)
Oak twig white crust (Split Porecrust)
Magic Mushroom (Psilocybe semilanceata)
Common Earth Ball
Birch twig spot (oval spots)
Toughshank (Collybia sp)
Pinkgill (Entoloma sp.)
A red Waxcap prob. Hygrocybe splendissima
A yellow Waxcap H. chlorophana
Yellow Brain on dead Gorse stem
Crested Coral (possibly)
Boletus sp. (Red-cracking group.)
Bell sp. (Gallerina sp.)
Brown Birch Bolete
A Stereum crust on dead Hawthorn trunk
Bulbous Honey Fungus
Approx. 38 species in approx. 3 hours.
Peachysteve adds these links, etc
One of the oak spots, I'll call it Oak Bark Slit (it has no common
The other http://www.pbase.com/nottsfungigroup/image/147868143
One of the birch bark spots
Oak twig white crust was Split Porecrust
Crust on dead Hawthorn trunk was a stereum species
The Leccinum was Brown Birch Bolete
The meeting this month was a fungus foray in Stoodley Glen, which took place today. Sundays are sometimes chosen to give people who can’t attend on a Saturday a chance to join in. There was also a waxcap identification session in the fields at Broadhead Clough last Friday 16th Oct, when Kara Jackson of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust brought along laminated keys to hand out, but I wasn’t able to attend that one.
Sunday was a calm but dull day letting the changing colours of the trees smoulder through.
It really starts as you pull out of Luddenden Foot on the way to Mytholmroyd – a truly breathtakingly beautiful valley, wide spreading, with seemingly 50% each of mature deciduous trees and open fields.
The Stoodley Glen itself is wooded at the bottom end after you cross the river and then the canal, the latter dark and glassy, with dry leaves floating that parachute gently from the trees.
The woodland is “greenwood” as I wrote about in last Thursday’s Hebden Bridge Times. Occasional grazing prevents understorey shrubs and saplings springing up. So it is open and grassy.
Higher up as you walk past all the little waterfalls you come out onto wide sheep-grazed fields; this is where the blue Harebells, still flowering today, and the waxcap fungi start.
The view looking back with distant Todmorden in the centre was stunning, with fields and moorland hills and valleys decorated with trees, near and far, in every shade of green, yellow, brown, orange and bronze. There was a strange light, as Annie pointed out, with brooding shade over the higher land, and Todmorden bathed in a gentle, not quite bright glow.
Stoodley Pike above us seemed strangely animated; slipping in and out of the mist.
It was a good day for a fungus foray.
We don’t collect baskets full, not even the ones we know are good to eat. Our aim is to enjoy seeing and if possible identifying them. The complete list, not ignoring the common ones, is part of an ongoing survey, which when added to the records over many decades, should give an objective measure of fungus diversity and its changes in our area.
The best finds of the day for me were Elfin Saddle Helvella lacunosa and a Coral, possibly Crested Coral, Clavulina coralloides, attacked by another fungus, turning it grey. Also the bright Yellow Brain fungus, Tremella mesenterica. The most numerous was Amethyst Deceiver, as usual, closely followed by it buffish relative, The Deceiver.
There is a talk by Dr Mark Avery ,on the impact of Driven Grouse Shooting on our Uplands and Wildlife ,tomorrow Wed 14 Oct.It is free admission at 7 30 at the Trades Club Hebden Bridge.He was the former Conservation Director for the RSPB for 13 Years,He is the Author of Inglorious ,Conflict in the Uplands .and started the Petition to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting,which is a really important issue for us in Calderdale.
I have never seen a glow-worm larvae before, but here is a photo taken in Borrowdale in the Lake district a few days ago in the company of Ancient Tree Forum members. We were visiting the Borrowdale Yew trees, the ‘Fraternal Four’ made famous by Wordsworth, although the fourth blew down many years ago and is now rotting on the ground.
The remaining Yews have been dated to at least 1,500 years old and Keith Alexander the National Coleoptera recorder found this Glow-Worm larvae on a section of rotting bark.
We also looked at many of the ancient Ash pollards dotted about the landscape, most of which are many hundreds of years old and were the working trees for generations of people. The National Trust continues the essential pollarding of these on a regular cycle and hope that Ash disease will not destroy them all. Pollarding, done correctly, does not kill trees but prolongs their life span way beyond the natural life cycle. A truly sustainable practice that benefits people and wildlife and creates a historic landscape.
Borrowdale Yew tree
At the moment 17.00,there is some Minor Aurora Activity,yellow alert,it is still rising,we need kp 7 red alert really to see it locally,with clear skies ,I will try and update this info as the night progresses,fingers crossed,regards Brian.