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Friday, 20 September 2019

Upcoming meetings

Apart from Troserch Woods on Saturday we also have the following meetings coming up:
Sandbanks, Llanllwch: Fungus-finding walk,
06 October 2019 14.00 hrs. Led by Di and Emily Ivens. Joint meeting with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Meet at the Carmarthen 'Park-and Ride' off the A48 west of Carmarthen, SN382190, 2.00pm.

Our Annual Fungus Meting at the National Botanic Gardens on 13th October. Most of the day.

Guided Walks 

10.30-11.30am: Experimental mycologist Hywel Evans fungi tour will show you how fungi reproduce
12-1pm: Join Emma Williams for a fungi identification walk around the Garden
1.30-2.30pm: Come and help Bruce Langridge and Ray Woods carry out a waxcap fungi relocation experiment

3-3.45: Manon Williams will introduce you to some of the Botanic Garden’s wonderful lichens
  • Guided walks and talks about fungi in meadows, flower beds, lawns and woods
  • Tony’s Table– a cornucopia of fresh fungal fruiting bodies
  • Learn how to make your own fungarium
  • Find out how to grow your own mushrooms
  • Fungi and fairy-inspired ballet with Llangain Youth Ballet
  • Look for signs of fairies deep within our fungi-rich Fairy Wood and post a letter to the fairies in the fairy village
  • Displays of fungi-inspired textiles, art and illustrations
  • Lots of fungi and fairy-inspired family activities
  • Stalls selling fairy and fungi bits and bobs

Penyrallt, Mynyddygarreg: Fungus-finding walk,
26 October 2019. In association with Llanelli Naturalists. Led by Andrew Stevens. Meet inside the wide gateway adjacent to a kissing gate off the minor lane between Mynyddygarreg and Pontnewydd, almost opposite Glyn Abbey, SN448079 (not the entrance to the house), 2:00pm.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Some recent records

Seem to be seeing Suillus Collinatus in a few places this year. This was alongside the road going through Pentre Nicklaus. It would seem S. collinitus has brownish-pink spots on the stipe as a feature.

This Giant polypore regularly comes up every year at the parking area near Drysllwyn Castle

Suillus bovinus is very similar to S. collinitus with the brown cap and irregular spores but lacks the spotted stipe.  This one was from near the Ski centre at Penclecwydd.

Some nice fungi were found at Penclacwydd, all within about 10 metres fom each other. For the rest of the walk I saw next to nothing.  Wrinkled Peach Rhodotus palmatus, Chestnut Bolete(?), Unidentified Lactarius and a Naucoria sps, possibly Scury Aldercap.


At Swiss valley reservoir there was Star Fibrecap with the star-shaped spore,  absolutely loads of Bitter Poisonpie, Hebeloma sinazipans (no droplet marks and strongly dextrinoid spores) as well as Chanterelle, Scaly earthball, Wood Hedgehog



Sunday, 8 September 2019

3rd Tuesday of the month.

Hi everybody
The 17th September is the third Tuesday of the month. Lots of us have been quiet of late so was wondering whether there was any interest in resurrecting our monthly meeting cycle at the NBGW??

Please let us know if you could make it.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

ID help needed!

Can anyone help with this - seen on some hazel up at Ynysdawela Nature Park this morning whist checking dormouse boxes.

Thanks  Isabel

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Some recent fungus records for our list.

 Pembrey Forest.

Oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus.

This looked an interesting item growing alone on a thin hazel branch but in the end was only an Oyster mushroom.

Wood Blewit, Lepista nuda.

 Nice group of purple Wood  Blewits.
 Suillus collinitus.

Suillus species growing under the pine trees. Seemed to key out as Suillus bovinus, Bovine bolete. No ring, very angular pores, viscid cap and fruity smell. Not rare but first one for me to see, also nice to see any large mushroom at this time of year.

P.S. After putting the mushroom on the BMS facebook page, it would seem, after some to-ing and fro-ing that this is now most probably Suillus collinitus rather than S. bovinus.

No ring and composite angular pores.


Perhaps Coprinopsis romagnesiana?

Always took these to be Common Inkcap, Coprinopsis atramentaria, but I see a lot of references now to a brown scaly version being called Coprinopsis atramentaria v. romagnesiana or even Coprinopsis romagnesiana, so who knows?

Antherospora hortensis.

A lot of the Grape Hyacinth along the coastal path seem to have the Antherospora hortensis smut associated with them.

Gelli Aur

Black-footed polypore, Polyporus leptocephalus.

Lots of Black-footed polypore, Polyporus leptocephalus, growing on the oak-log piles.

Glistening inkcap and Sulphur tuft.

 Large piles of cut beech logs with Brittle Cinder Fungus and Southern Bracket

A Slime mould possibly an Arcyria sp (?).

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Fungi Red List Initiative

Check out the link below, for a recent European Initiative on Red-listed Fungi.

Click here.

Philip found the Marram Oyster,  Hohenbuehelia culmicola, and his photo is shown on the list. Has anyone else seen anything from the list? 

There will be extra brownie points for anyone finding any of these red-listed species in Carmarthenshire this year.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Mushroom growing in peat free compost

This was growing in peat-free compost in a pot. When we tried to get a spore pattern, the spores were white.

The compost is a blend of fine bark, wood fibre (bi-products of sustainably managed British forests) and coir.

The base was slightly bulbous. 

Any ideas?I've fallen down the white fungi rabbit hole...

Thanks, Isabel

Friday, 22 March 2019

Fairy wood.

Our Tuesday meeting at NBGW was a bit quiet this month but mum and I decided to take a quick look in the Fairy wood (behind the carpark by Principality House). 
Where we spotted a few of the usual suspects, some cramp balls, turkey tail and plenty of elf cups along the ditches. 
There was a cluster of very young Hypholoma fasciculare (Sulphur tuft) starting to emerge.

A small group of Kretzschmaria deusta (Brittle cinder fungus) on a rotting log. 

A spectacular colony of the most jet black slime mould sporagium.

And a first for me, absolutely loads of Xylaria carpophila (Beechmast candlesnuff).

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Search Panel added

Hi All!
We have now added a search panel. See above this post. We can  now search for any postings that contain a fungus name or locality etc etc. Give it a try!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A mystery solved.

Coprinellus domesticus.

Firerug Inkcap

For a few years now I have seen this carpet of orange "fur" in our woods and often in the log pile at home. I have always assumed it must be fungal but never got round to looking up what it was! 
Well thanks to a Facebook post by Steph the mystery has finally been solved. 
It was a slight coincidence that I had spotted it again in our log pile the same day she posted it online. I had also noticed an ink cap growing in the log pile but never connected the two. The various ink caps in our log piles are also on the "to do" list for identification! So this was a win win really. The orange carpet is knows as the ozonium, and is often present without any sign of the fruiting bodies. I was super lucky to see both. I took a specimen home to look at the spores and they seemed right for C. domesticus. 


A young fruiting body still with its scaly cap.
(plus photobombing bug)

Monday, 11 March 2019

Meeting this Wednesday

Don't forget our meeting this Wednesday. Going to Sandbanks with Di and Emily - 10.30 at Park and Ride car-park.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Fungus Events 2019

Further to our usual monthly meeting today at the NBGW, Philip has put together some dates for other meetings this year. Please enter them in your diary. More info and directions etc nearer the date:
1. Sept 21st. Saturday Troserch Woods
2. October 6th. Sunday 2.00pm National Fungus Day at Sandbanks.
3. October 13th. Carmarthenshire Fungus Day at The National Botanic Gardens.
4. October 26th Saturday 2.00 pm Penyrallt, Mynyddygarreg.

In addition to these we will have our usual meetings on 3rd Tuesday of the month at the NBGW and on 1st Wednesday of the month at a location to be decided. But please note that we are meeting at Sandbanks on Wednesday 13th. March at 10.30 am. Which replaces our usual 1st. Wednesday of the month meeting for March.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Corticium Roseum

The strange case of the missing records!

Gerard Siron from Glam. FG posted a picture of what we take to be Cortium Roseum onto the BMS Facebook page. This species has only 2 records in Wales, both by Peter Roberts in Eppynt, nr Brecon. However I have seen this around Carmarthenshire on a number of occasions and Emma Williams says It's common throughout VC41 and VC42.

It grows on Willow and is quite a striking fungus, especially the way it completely covers its host - moss, twigs and all . So why hasn't it been recorded more often ??

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

3rd Tuesday of the month.

As it was the third Tuesday of the month, took a stroll around the Botanic Gardens to see what was about. Mostly just the usual suspects for the time of year but added them to Garden database to start the year full of good intentions!

Added to the Garden Database as: Candlesnuff, Turkeytail, King Alfred's Cakes, Blushing Bracket, Oak Toothcrust (possibly), Jelly Ear, Lumpy Bracket, Smoky Bracket, Scarlet Elfcup, Hairy Curtain Crust, Splitgill Fungus, Common Inkcap, Sulphur Tuft.