Monday, 21 August 2017

Micro-fungi !

Whilst clearing out an old log heap in my garden, I spotted these tiny 'fungi' on a dead fruit wood branch.  Closer inspection, using my camera, revealed a whole new landscape, in miniature.

 These bowl-shaped discs, only 2-8mm (around 1/4 inch) across, I believe to be the 
somewhat dried fruiting bodies of the 'Variable Oysterling' (Crepidotus variabilis) fungus. 

Whilst less certain about these structures that look like a copse of 'miniature trees' - only 2-3mm tall! - they could be the fruiting bodies or sporocarps of a slime mould, such as Comatricha nigra.

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (