Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? – ‘Cuz he’s a fungi!

And fun was had on the greenway today as we created a new habitat zone, and explored the fungi in the area. Just Aaron and myself today and we cracked on with removing canopy to let light in. We also raked all the leaves and bits of twigs and branches into little habitat piles. We also created a big dead hedge that will get a load of bramble growing over it, in the summer.


You can see the dead hedge forming as we cleared the ground. We thought about where the sun would be, and tried to open up windows in the canopy. It will be interesting to see what starts to grow in this area. We have disturbed the ground by raking it over, and this will help any dormant seeds to germinate.


A nice big bank of scrub that will grow over the dead hedge pile.

And onto the fungi…

Loads of really nice specimens happily growing in the area that we are working in. I will try and get them identified later in the week.

Lastly, moss it seems, is quite picky about where it wants to grow!!


Well that’s about it. Wednesday is the next one, removing the ash saplings between the underpass and the picnic clearing.


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2 Responses to Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? – ‘Cuz he’s a fungi!

  1. Neil Mahler says:

    Your latest batch is a case of ‘scraping the barrel’ me thinks but I shall have a go … working left to right and then downwards they are/were/could be :
    1. Difficult without seeing the underside gill colour – if it was white, then this is possibly Velvet Shank again, but the striations (lines) on the cap are stronger than they should be, plus it is growing on its own which is not normal … and this leads me to think the underside could be brownish – in which case it could be a poisonous Galerina species or maybe a Conocybe species.
    2. These are well on the way to being called ‘compost’ – do you really need to know ?
    OK then, at this stage of advanced decay my best guess is either Turkey Tail or Smokey Bracket – I would go for the latter because that is already present (see later comment)
    3. Jelly Ear
    4. ditto
    5. Silver Leaf disease. (Chondrostereum purpureum) – you can still see hints of purple.
    6. This would be the same fungus species as seen in the first photo.
    7. Smokey Bracket (Bjerkandera adusta)
    8. Silver Leaf disease – in my opinion, this is something you want to keep out of your garden – especially if you have Blackthorn, Plum, Apple, Willow or Cottoneaster trees. Most books will tell you this affects mostly Prunus (plums) species, but in the garden where I work I can testify it has spread from our plum trees to the apple trees. And on a dead standing willow tree plus a Cottoneaster sp. the disease is growing all the way up the trunks. Honey Fungus is also present at the base of the Cottoneaster so I expect this killed it and the Chondrostereum purpureum was a secondary attack.

    Keeping the subject in focus, always try to get as close as you can to the fungus, and if more than one bracket or toadstool is present, pick one and turn it upside down and place it next to the other one so that both cap surface and underside are visible. This helps with making an identification.

    Neil Mahler.

  2. Paul says:

    Thank-you, Neil. I take all your comments on board.

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