Saturday 3 December 2022

Fungi on a Woodland Walk around Granta Park

22nd November 2022. Granta Park hosted a lunchtime Woodland Walk, led by Iain Webb from the Wildlife Trust, and Andy M went along. 

There were so many fascinating things to see, augmented by wonderfully entertaining snippets of information from Iain, but it was the many types of small fungi that really caught the group's attention - many of which had remarkably descriptive, if occasionally slightly macabre, common names.

Candle snuff fungus

Candle snuff fungus

Slimy Waxcap fungus

Common Bird's Nest fungus

Witches' Butter (not actually a fungus)

White Brain fungus

Yellow Brain fungus

Jelly Ear fungus

Jelly Ear fungus

Jelly Ear fungus

A bracket fungus, maybe Turkeytail fungus

Alfred's Cakes fungus

A flat, spreading fungus - likely one of the Resupinate fungus species

Golden Waxcap (maybe)

larger unknown toadstool

larger unknown toadstool

Puffball (maybe)

Many thanks to Iain Webb for a fascinating hour, and to Elly for organising it.

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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.

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