One of the bonuses of a wet summer and damp autumn is that fungi have been munching away at decaying matter and are now primed to produce spores to spread themselves around. Possibly a bit early for the main showing but here is a selection of fungi in the Reading area over the last few days. For a report on all that the group found please look here.
I am not confident about identification, so am keeping names to the minimum for the more obvious ones.
Is this Chicken of the Woods or a bracket fungus?
These are the woods I walked through, the best specimens are close to the old beeches.
One of the more striking fungi: Magpie Inkcap (Coprinopsis picacea).
The most common one I saw - a little puffball under development - Lycoperdon perlatum.
Rosy bonnet (Mycena rosea)
A tiny set of nodules on a dead branch, look just like blackberries.
An amethyst deceiver (Laccaria Amethystea)
A whole field of toadstools, very impressive display.
A Rassula atropurpurea and a yellow slug.
Stagshorn (Xylaria hypoxylon) starting to emerge - they should branch out soon.
Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare).
Everybody's favourite Fly Agaric
An Hevella crispa or Elfin Saddle
A Blueing Bracket (Postia subcaesia) growing on old logs.
I think this is False Deathcap (Amanita citrina). We saw a 'real' Deathcap - the most poisonous fungus in Europe, but it was a miserable specimen, a slug had eaten it. What happened to the slug we did not discover.