Chris Yeates and myself went up to the fields above the clough again to see if we could be really lucky and find another Squamanita Paradoxa, but unfortunately we couldn’t. Chris found lots of interesting ascomycetes and that he took home to examine and also collected a sample of foam from the stream as he has mastered the art of identifying aquatic foam fungi – sorry folks but I haven’t quite reached that level yet! I must say a big thank you to Chris who was happy to share his knowledge and expertise with me.

Chris’s beautiful portrait of Ascocoryne cylichnium.

We found this mossy stump of a Holly tree covered in Hygrocybe miniata. 

Vermillion Waxcap (Hygrocybe miniata) above and below.


Cap cuticle filamentous with clamps.

Spores pear shaped 7.5-9 x 4.5-5.5

Lemon Disco (Bisporella citrina).

Jelly Rot (Phlebia tremellosa).

Allantoid (sausage shaped) spores 3.5-4 x 1-1.5. 

Brown Cup (Rutstroemia firma) above and asci and spores below.