Massively Pleased With Progress…

I am so happy with where we are at. The nice wide path is airy and drying out nicely. Looking up and down looks good. Great to work with Mick, Carrina and Aaron, today.

A quick up and down the path shows how dry and wide it is.

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The view from the gate is brown this year. It has been yellow in the past.

Another up and down shot.

It is slowly drying out and greening up.

Some great fungi finds. Dying Jelly Ear.

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And something new.

Looking forward to getting this recognised.

And we have loads of Lichen too…

Lastly, we did a huge litter-pick and cleared out a load of rubbish.

IMG_9110 Next one is this Sunday afternoon at the A45 bridge just clearing up the litter and working out how we can get across the wet bits.

Thanks to all today. Was a lovely day and all the hard graft in the winter has paid off.

Paul

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4 Responses to Massively Pleased With Progress…

  1. Neil Mahler says:

    The white fungi are almost certainly Tricholoma gambosum (St George’s Mushroom)
    A pity you didn’t help by separating one, turning it upside down and including it in the same photo so that we can see the colour of the gills.
    T.gambosum has a very distinctive ‘mealy’ smell similar to mouse pee.

  2. Paul says:

    Thank-you, Neil. To be honest I am a little reluctant to touch the fungi for fear of killing them…

  3. Neil Mahler says:

    Where you have a clump of fungi like this, removing one (whilst being careful not to disturb the main clump) will do no harm at all.
    If a species of fungus was mycorrhizal (symbiotic) with a nearby tree, then removing ALL the fruiting bodies shouldn’t really do any harm because the fungus you see above ground is ONLY THE FRUITING BODY. The main body of the fungus will be the network of hyphae/mycelia underground exchanging nutrients with the root tips of the host tree and this will continue to produce fungi the following year.

    At least that is the theory – ethically, it is important not to pick all of the fruiting bodies. You should always leave some (assuming the person is collecting them for his own consumption – boo hiss !) so that they will continue to spread spores in the hope they will germinate in a suitable habitat and thus reproduce themselves*.

    The problem is … how are you (or anybody else) to know if the toadstools you see are mycorrhizal or not ? They could be saprophytic or parasitic – in which case, removing the toadstools (or bracket fungus, etc.) will result in no more appearing if all the nutrients (cellulose) in the wood has been depleted. This is where only experience can tell and the species has to be identified first.

    Some people are afraid of touching fungi because they think they will be poisoned – THIS IS ABSOLUTE RUBBISH ! I have been handling Death Cap fungi (the fungus responsible for the worlds highest number of deaths) for many years with no ill effects – you can even taste it in your mouth (And then SPIT IT OUT) and still suffer no ill effects. (Definitely not advisable though)
    YOU MUST CONSUME (Swallow) A POISONOUS SPECIES TO SUFFER POISONING. If you do not swallow you will not be poisoned – it’s as simple as that.
    It is said that the pores in your skin are far too small to allow fungal toxins to enter your body and poison you – I have no way of knowing if this is true, but thousands of people have been handling the deadliest of fungi for many years and come to no harm.
    The golden rule for people who collect wild fungi for the purposes of eating them … if you do not know what it is, DO NOT PICK IT … it could make you ill or even kill you, or equally, it could be very rare.
    Neil Mahler.

    * Remember, the Giant Puffball produces literally billions of spores – yet how often do you see a Giant Puffball ? There is still much more to learn about fungi and how they work.

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