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.