Sunday 30 October 2022

Earthball Fungus

15th October 2022 - the dry summer and early autumn has meant a relatively poor showing of fungi so far this year, although the current rains may yet encourage some to form. 

However, one fungus evident in Andy M's garden this year have been the Earthball. There are a number of species of Earthball (Scleroderma), but this is probably Scleroderma areolatum, due to its size and typical proximity to oak trees.

Earthball fruiting body

Older fruiting body splitting open to reveal the grey-coloured spore mass

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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 (