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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

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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 ??

Corticium roseumCorticium roseum

Corticium roseumCorticium roseum

Corticium roseum

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.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Carmarthenshire Biodiversity

Check out the excellent new Carmathenshire Biodiversity site in our links section. Or click here.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

fungus-finding walk Sat 20th Oct.

Llanelli Nats and Carms 'fungus group' have a walk at Andrew Stevens farm at 2pm. 
This is --- Waunygwiel Fach , Four Roads -- SN449086 .  The small village of Four Roads is between Kidwelli and Meinciau.  There are various spellings for the farm --- 'Waun-gwiail-fach' on the OS map!
A narrow bendy road from Four Roads village and the farm is close to a 'T'junction.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Hope you can come to.............

Wales Fungus Day

October 14th 2018 at the National Botanic Garden of Wales 

The event includes:
  • Guided walks and talks about fungi in meadows, flower beds, lawns and woods
  • Tony’s Table– a cornucopia of fresh fungal fruiting bodies
  • Fungi and fairy-inspired ballet with Llangain Youth Ballet
  • Find out what fungi you can eat, and what you really shouldn’t eat
  • Smelly Fungus Zoo
  • Specialist walk to look at fungus causing ash dieback 
  • 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

Indoor Talk:

1 – 1.40pm in the Paxton Room, Principality House: Hunting for Hidden Gems – Tools and Tips for Keen Fungal Jungle Explorers with Pat O’Reilly

Guided Tours:

11am – Woodland Fungi with Pat O’Reilly
12pm –  Garden Fungi with Emma Williams
2pm – Waxcap Meadows with David Mitchel
3pm – Fungi and Ash Dieback with Matt Combes of Forest Research
All walks start from the western entrance of the Great Glasshouse.
Llangain Ballet Performances in Theatr Botanica
1.30-2pm /2.15-2.45pm/ 3-3.30pm
Wales Fungus Day is part of the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Our visit to Sandbanks with Di and Emily.

Many thanks to Di and Emily for the invite to Sandbanks again this year. There seemed to be a large crowd and all seemed to enjoy as the majority of people were still there at the end. There were plenty of fungi to be seen as well, and in the interests of compiling some sort of list for the day a number of photos and samples were taken and a stab made at the ID of them - but as always any help, corrections, variations or comments are always appreciated. Hopefully will add a few others in a couple of days.

Funeral Bell,  Galerina marginata.Funeral Bell,  Galerina marginata.

 Funeral Bell Galerina marginata. Very poisonous, similar to the Sheathed woodtuft which is supposed to be edible but has larger spores. The spores of this sample measured ~10 x 6 µm.

Shield Dapperling, Lepiota clypeolariaShield Dapperling, Lepiota clypeolaria

Shield Dapperling, Lepiota clypeolaria. About 5cms across and seems to fit Pat O'Reilly's description of a the cap margin and stem being covered with white flakes from the partial margin. the spores are also a close fit being quite large at ~12 x 5.5 µm and very dexitrinoid.

Green Elfcups, Chlorociboria aeruginascens Hazel Gloves, Hypocreopsis rhododendri

Green Elfcups, Chlorociboria aeruginascens and Hazel Gloves, Hypocreopsis rhododendri.

Cyanoboletus pulverulentusCyanoboletus pulverulentus

 Cyanoboletus pulverulentus. According to Geoffrey Kibby "No other British bolete bruises so intensly blue".

Brown Brain, Tremella steidleriWrinkled Crust, Phlebia radiata

 Brown Brain, Tremella steidleri and Wrinkled Crust, Phlebia radiata.

Clouded Funnel, Clitocybe nebularis

Clouded Funnel, Clitocybe nebularis in various stages of growth.

Rutstroemia firmaRutstroemia firma

Rustroemia firma, Found growing on wood of deciduous trees. Spore size matches as well as being 3-5 septate. Asci tips also blued with iodine.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

This looks and smells like Lepiota cristata but the cap is as big as a dinner plate , I estimate at over 20cm- Lepiotas have a typical size of up to 9cm .Gracie Fields comes to mind -it's the biggest Lepiota in the World.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Sarginni near Llanybydder

(A) An elevated Oak woodland above the farm.


Both Xerocomellus cisalpinus and White-laced shank, Megacollybia platyphylla
(Both shown above) were found in large quantities all over the woodland.

Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fusiculare and a Russula sp, perhaps Russula amoenolens.

Xerocomus subtomentosus
Another Bolete sp. possibly Xerocomus subtomentosus

(B) Horse manure pile in yard.

Common inkcap, Coprinopsis atramentaria and a Peziza sp. probably Peziza vesiculosa

A Tarzeta sp and an Inkcap, perhaps  Coprinopsis cordispora.

(C) Wet mixed deciduous woodland with stream.

Brown roll-rim, Paxillus involutus and Bulbous Honey Fungus, Armillaria galica.

Hypomyces chrysospermus growing over a species of bolete and Beechwood sickener, Russula nobilis.

A Cep, Boletus edulis and Scarletina bolete, Neoboletus luridiformis.

Porcelain Mushroom, Oudemansiella mucida and Southern Bracket, Ganoderma australe.

Other species noted in the lower wood were: Turkeytail, Trametes versicolor, Birch bracket, Piptoporus betulinus, Blushing Bracket, Daedaleopsis confragosa, Burgundy Bonnet, Mycena haematopus, Glistening Inkcap, Coprinus micaceus, Hairy Curtain Crust, Stereum hirsutum Collared parachute, Marasmius rotula, Deer Shield, Pluteus cervinus and Sheathed Woodtuft, Kuehneromyces mutabilis.

An obvious point to note was that although both woods had many mushrooms, the diversity of species in the lower, wetter wood corresponded to the  inceased diversity of trees in this habitat.