These Black Morel, Morchella elata were found in Pembrey forest last April. I have not yet found those seen this year by Tony. The young one is quite white but shows the longitudinal ridges very well. When older the ridges seem to go black first. I was shown one specimen found by a Country Park ranger ten years ago but had not found this species myself until last year. With the wet spring last year there must have been100fb's + over a wide area.
It is interesting that all these finds have been from disturbed soil in tractor tracks. Is this Morel all over the forest, only showing itself by sending up fruiting bodies after soil has been disturbed?