We have many species of fungi on site and an expert visits the site each autumn to run a fungus foray teaching fungus identification.
As a young site with few mature trees the number of species found is relatively small but if you want to find fungi the places to look first are the Wood Yard and the perimeter of the pit buildings where Brown Birch Bolete (Leccinum scabrum)can frequently be seen.
The best time to see our fungi is in the autumn and early winter but in spring you could be fortunate enough to see Morels (Morchella esculenta).
We are very proud that we have had both Common Bird’s Nest fungus (Crucibulum laeve) and Field Bird’s Nest fungus (Cyathus olla) on site but you do have to be eagle-eyed as they are found on the ground and are only about 1cm across.
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolour), Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricular-judae), Candlesnuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) and different puffballs and earthballs can be seen at most times of the year. Several of the inkcaps can also be seen regularly in the Wood Yard: Shaggy Inkcap (Coprinus comatus), Hare’s Foot Inkcap (Coprinus lagopus ), Pleated Inkcap (Coprinus plicatilis) Common Inkcap, (Coprinus atramentarius), Fairy Inkcap (Coprinus disseminates) and Coprinus radiata.
Witches’ Butter (Exidia glandulosa) has been found on rotting wood and Orange Peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia)has been seen on the red shale at the rear of the pit buildings in November.
Fungus Forays have been held each year since 2010 and a good number of species have been recorded. Amongst these have been: White Spindles (Clavaria fragilis) Scurfy Twiglet (Tubaria furfuracea), Yellow Waxcap and Blackening Waxcap, Bleached Brittlegill, Brown Rollrim, Poison Pie, Brown Birch Bolete, Common and Grey Puffball and Redlead Roundhead. Funnels, waxcaps, milk caps, brittlegills can be seen in good numbers.