On day 127 of 365 Days Wild I decided to go on a fungi hunt in the meadow and little woodland area beside the stream. It was a very successful hunt. Everywhere was very damp after storm Alex’s downpours, and the musty scents of rotting plant matter clung heavily to the air. The clouds broke for a while, allowing the sun to illuminate the space. It was only for a while, however. Half of these pictures were taken after the rain had started to fall again.
I’ve made an attempt to identify the fungi that I found, but unfortunately I’ve had little success. There are over 15,000 fungus species in the UK alone and many of them look incredibly similar to one another. A few of the pictures below have a name in their caption box, others have a vague idea of the family that they might belong to, and yet others have been left blank. I do intend to continue trying to identify them, so these captions might be updated at some point, but that might take a while. The only one I’m positive on is the lovely little Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), which is such a wonderfully distinctive toadstool. If anyone recognises any of the other species, please do let me know!
That’s all for today. Have you spotted any interesting fungi while out and about recently?