Saturday, 18 April 2015

MORELS

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.
















MORCHELLA ESCULENTA  The Common Morel.

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.





















MORCHELLA ELATA  The Black Morel.

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.




6 comments:

  1. hi, were can I see morels in Pembrey forest? I was there last year but I didn't find any. Probably I was not at the right spots. Pembrey forest is too big! I'm looking forward to seeing them, they are so beautiful and have a strange shape. Thank you very much for your help!

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  2. hi, were can I see morels in Pembrey forest? I was there last year but I didn't find any. Probably I was not at the right spots. Pembrey forest is too big! I'm looking forward to seeing them, they are so beautiful and have a strange shape. Thank you very much for your help!

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  3. Hi Nacho

    You just find them occasionally alongside the tracks. There is no saying really where they would be.

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    1. Hi Colin,

      Thank you for your reply. Do you think this week is too early to try it according to the weather last month? thank you!

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  4. Went to Pembrey myself today and didn't see any either. Maybe a bit early but there again last year was the first time I've seen them there for many years.
    All the best.

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    1. Hi,
      I went yesterday there and I didn't find any neither. Probably we'll have to wait a couple of weeks. I was walking along the paths at the bottom of the forest which are close to the beach. Any trace of them. Next time I'll try it in another area of the forest. I'll keep you posted
      Many thanks
      nacho

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