Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pont Felin Gat

The Wildlife Volunteers at Pont Felin Gat.

Today the wildlife volunteers @ The National Botanic Gardens organised a short fungus foray in Pont Felin Gat woods. The surrounding area will shortly be the subject of a major landscape project to restore the garden grounds to how it looked in its glory days. However the woods, mostly beech, are currently an excellent area for fungi and so let us hope that all the alterations will be done sympathetically.

Some of the fungi found are shown below:

Tawny Funnel
Perhaps Clustered Toughshank?

A small fairy ring in the woods.
Porcelain Fungus

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Fungal Foray on the Black Mountain

Despite the wet and windy weather on Sunday a small group enjoyed a foray on the Black Mountain and identified about 12 species of grassland fungi of all shapes and sizes. Thanks to Bruce for his enthusiam and knowledge. Here are a few of the highlights that Colin took:

Black earthtongue

scarlet caterpillarclub fungus?
Golden spindles

Meadow waxcap

Parrot waxcap

Pink waxcap


Crimson waxcaps

Caterpillarclub Fungus Host Bodies

Prompted by an email exchange after last sunday's rain soaked foray up in the Black Mountain, I thought I'd share this photo of a scarlet caterpillarclub fungus Cordiceps militaris. You can see how it's growing out of the body of an unfortunate caterpillar.
Worth keeping a lookout for these fascinating fungi at this time of year - this one was found in a flower bed at the Botanic Garden in 2011 but usually found on grassland.  You need to have a knife to hand to dig out the poor critter a few inches down in the soil.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Fungus Images on our Flickr Group site.

Many thanks to Eiona Roberts for sharing her Carmarthenshire fungus images on our new Flickr Group site. They really are worth seeing. Click on the image in the RH column.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Troserch Woods 26.10.14

Here's some fungi we found in Troserch Woods this afternoon.  The Fly Agaric was by the top path not far from the car park, and the others were by the ruined mill at the far end.

Growing on Niger seed!

I`m not sure whether anyone can identify this little yellow fungus that was growing on an accumulated pile of partially-germinating Niger seed below a Goldfinch feeder in a Llanelli garden? Click on the photo to enlarge it - good luck!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Fungus Foray at Troserch Woods.

Following on from a successful Fungus Foray the day before at Pembrey, hopes were high that it would be another productive afternoon at the foray at Troserch Woods, Llangennech, organised by Llanelli Naturalists. But alas it was not to be, as the weather had turned wet and there were very few fungi to find in what is usually a very good fungus site.

However the 7 people who had braved the bad weather were treated to another of Dr. Jones' amusing and enthusiastic talks on the magical world of mushrooms, and amongst the few fungi that we collected there turned out to be some quite interesting specimens. So nobody was disappointed.

 Among the fungi that were found were A grey Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacunosa) and a Tarzetta species, very probably T. scotica.