Wednesday 25 October 2023

Fungi Galore!

17th October 2023 - Andy and Polly M joined a lunchtime 'Autumn Walk' around Granta Park, led by Iain Webb from the Wildlife Trust.  It has seemingly been a good year for fungi, since there was something new to see at virtually every step!  A great walk!

From the Giant Puffball, bigger than a football, right down to tiny white Mycena toadstools bearly a centimetre across. Whilst it was not possible to identify everything we saw on the walk, I have tried to add names where I could from the photographs.

Giant Puffballs - each larger than a football

Giant Puffball - and older one showing the spore mass inside

Milk-cap fungus - a funnel-shaped cap with orange gills

Jelly-ear fungus

A type of Coral fungus, a Clavaria spp.

Grisette fungus, Amanita vaginata
with a delicate fluting around the cap

Unknown, possibly a Waxcap species

A tiny one, barely a centimetre across. 
Possibly a type of 'Porcelain' fungus.

A type of Crust fungus - looking like a large scab on the log

Another tiny one, only 1-2cm high, probably a Mycena species

A neat row of Common Puffball

Turkey Tail fungus

A Parasol Mushroom, showing signs of wear and tear.

Clustered Bonnet fungus

Sulphur Tuft, a Hypholoma spp

Hairy Curtain Crust fungus, growing on oak

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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 (