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Saturday, 28 February 2015

A woodland walk in Llanllwch

On Friday, Philip Jones and I accompanied Tony Ivens and his daughter Emily on a walk around their woodland in the centre of the village of Llanllwch. Despite the cold weather quite a few fungi were found, the most dramatic being clusters of fruitbodies of the Southern Bracket (Ganoderma australe) which was colonising a large, recently fallen beech tree. The brackets are rusty brown on the upper surface and have thousands of pores on the lower surface through which the fungal spores are dispersed.

Another fungus we found in profusion was Witches' Butter (Exidia glandulosa) which has a gelatinous fruit body and was growing on dead hazel. It is one of the Jelly Fungi - the same group as
Jelly-ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) on Elder and Yellow Brain (Tremella mesenterica) on Gorse, both of which were seen in the wood.
After the walk we were treated to a splendid lunch by Tony and his wife (thank you) and afterwards attempted to set up Tony's two microscopes. All in all - a very enjoyable day.

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