Sunday 14th October
After a long, dry early autumn with few fungi about, the heavens opened for today’s foray which was conducted in, at times, torrential rainfall! The bad weather had deterred some people which was a shame because the privately owned Rowlands Wood, near Havenstreet, was a new site for us. Nine members attended and it proved to be a fascinating visit, kindly led by George Gedling. We managed to find quite a good range of fungi in less than ideal conditions. One of the nicest finds was a large, golden Cortinarius. This belongs to a group of fungi which we regularly find on forays but the majority of species are notoriously difficult to identify. However, Cortinarius trivialis (illustrated), growing in mossy ground under willows is quite distinctive. We finished early, but nevertheless managed to identify 46 species (see link below) .
Saturday 27 October
Today’s foray was held at Firestone Copse, always a productive site. It was a chilly day and the on-going mostly dry autumn resulted in fewer finds than usual. Nevertheless, our group of 13 forayers were able to name 59 species. Dave found some magnificent specimens of Panther Cap, Amanita pantherina. We often find them here but rarely as good as these.
We also found a clump of particularly large grey club fungi, Clavulina cinerea.
Two interesting and more unusual finds were a small, pink-spored Pluteus growing on wood. This was Pluteus thomsonii and a bright orange resupinate fungus on softwood, Leucogyrophana mollusca.
It was also satisfying to record a new species for the Island, a delicate, small clumped ink cap on dung. This proved to be Coprinopsis stercorea, agreeing with the descriptions in all microscopic characters (below).