Saturday, 18 April 2015


We've just spent the morning in Pembrey Forest looking for Morels - more in hope than expectation! Am delighted to say we found both of the species which we might have expected.


The species can be highly variable, B & K list four separate var. Personally I think I'm happy to simply describe it as M.esculenta.
In total we found 7 fb's growing in various spots, and perhaps even more fortunately most were intact.


B & K  lists two species, however again I think I'm happy with M. elata. There was a whole swathe of these, probably dozens of fb's growing in the one area.

Both species enjoy a reputation as being good eating, although the advice I've had is they tend to be very gritty when growing through sand. 

Also found Philip's little Strobilurus sp along with quite a few Earth Stars, all of which were too dried up to identify.
All in all, one of our more successful forays.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Pine Conecap -- Strobilurus tenacellus.

Pine Conecap is a winter/spring species which grows on burried conifer cones.  The cone might be deeply burried, as here, where the cone was almost 10cm deep and is connected to the base of the stipe by a 'pseudorrhiza'.  As it has not rained, the cap and stipe are rather dull but when wet have a more polished look.  Slugs often seem to browse the cap surface even through to the gills.
There are three Strobilurus species in Britain, S tenacellus can be distinguished from the other two as the taste is bitter when a nibble is made of the cap edge. S esculentus on spruce and S stephanocystis which also grows on pine cones have a mild taste.  I must find others and make sure it tastes bitter!  Scattered about in Pembrey Forest but look elsewhere with pines.

Monday, 6 April 2015

NBGW field mycology day

Recent years have seen a strengthening of interest in field mycology in west Wales with the
re-establishment of the Glamorgan Fungus group, the promotion of fungus events at the National
Botanic Garden of Wales, the launch of the Carmarthenshire fungus blog
( and continuing interest from the Pembrokeshire Network and
researchers and enthusiasts in Ceredigion.

In order to forge links between fungus enthusiasts across west Wales, a fungus day will be held at the
National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday 16th May 2015. The meeting will provide an
excellent opportunity for networking between fungus enthusiasts from the region.

The programme and detailed arrangements are currently being finalised, but will include:
- Introductions from Carmarthenshire, Glamorganshire and Pembrokeshire representatives
- A presentation by mycologists from the RBG Kew on the "Lost and Found" project.
- The launch of the Wales red data list for rusts (Ray Woods and co-authors)
- A presentation on rust recording in Carmarthenshire (Nigel Stringer)
- A guided fungus walk in the grounds

Particular thanks are due to the NBGW for providing the facilities and the Kew L&F project for
supporting the event. Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. There will be a charge of £5 per head for attendees. Places are limited, with bookings available on a first-come first-served basis.

Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the PFRN has been added to our newsletter section.
Or else just click here. An excellent read.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Helvella acetabulum

Vinegar Cup

Can't take the credit for finding this one.  Daughter Emily did the business! At first I thought it was the common H.crispa, but the Scurfy/downy surface made me look again. Also the fact that this seems to be most commonly found in the spring convinced me (however am open to corrections Philip?) that it was probably H.acetabulum. FRDBI does not seem to have Welsh records for this sp.
The fb was found in the mouth of a cave in Carmel Woods earlier this evening.

Friday, 27 March 2015


Coprinellus micaceus - Glistening Inkcap

I was thinking, just this morning, that it's April next week and maybe we should start to see things coming through now that Spring is arriving. Walking the dog in the wood this afternoon I came across this troop of Inkcaps, probably around 20 fb's. They must have known what I was thinking!