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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Sandy Waterpark

 Usually going for a walk around Sandy Water park I take my binoculars and spend the time looking at the lake. But I was surprised at how fungi species are lurking in the grass as well.

Coprinus comatus, Lawyer's Wig or Shaggy Inkcap.

Cortinarius Sp, Possibly Cortinarius croceus, Saffron Webcap

Snowy Waxcap, Cuphophyllus virgineus.

Glistening Inkcap, Coprinellus micaceus.

Unknown Cortinarius (?)

Wood Blewitt, Lepista nuda

No real idea on this, measures about 1 cm across. 

 Poison-pie, Hebeloma crustuliniforme and Common Inkcap, Coprinopsis atramentaria

Sunday, 11 October 2020


 Last year there was a nice display of Wrinkled Peach, Rhodotus palmatus, on an old log near the Wildfowl entrance. Went down for a quick look again this year but obviously should have gone a couple of weeks earlier!

Wrinkled Peach, Rhodotus palmatus

Friday, 9 October 2020

A visit to Troserch Woods.

 At one time I was in Troserch Woods most days of the week, as I lived close by. It seems a sadder place now as a lot of the paths are overgrown and there has been a lot of trees blown down across the walkways, especially on the west bank. There also seemed to be more fungi then but summers were always warmer in years gone by. Nothing of real note to declare this time - just the usual suspects:

This one seems so familiar, I settled on a Common Funnel, but I'm really not sure now. White spore print and the spore size fits seems to fit though.





 Blueing Conifer Bracket and Ochre Brittlegill.

Common Earthball and White Fibrecap.

White saddle and Sulphur Tuft.

Hairy Curtain Crust and Honey Fungus.
I took this to be an inocybe - gave a brown spore-print.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

North Dock Dunes

 A number of Dune Stinkhorn fungi (Phallus hadriani) along the west ridge of the dunes. Same place as last year but seem to be a few more this year.


Also growing alongside the stink-horn was a small Hairy Parachute, see below:

Crinipellis scabella, Hairy Parachute

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Cwm Rhaeadr near Cilycwm

Some photos from a walk in Cwm Rhaeadr woods near Cilycwm.



Sunday, 27 October 2019

Fungus on holly leaf

After another excellent Fungi day at the NBGW organised by Bruce, we were on the alert for the fungus that we were shown on holly leaves that had hairs. Bingo - we found it today (although out of county in Pengelli Forest). Can anyone remind me of what it was called!



Parasitic fungi?

We found this seemingly growing out of a desiccated moth caterpillar in a polytunnel. It came through the leaf of the plant. Any ideas?

Many thanks


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