Just found this bracket fungi growing out of an ash tree trunk on a barely used country road in Bird's Hill, Llangathen. All signs (including a velvety top) indicate that it's Inonotus hispidus (Shaggy Bracket), a fungus that can kill ash, apple and walnut trees.
I've checked its frequency on the NBN Gateway and there are hardly any records for Wales, certainly not for this inland part of Carmarthenshire.
I know that this doesn't necessarily mean it hasn't been seen round here before, just not recorded. So, has anyone else seen this in Carmarthenshire before?