Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tremella foliacea

On a dying Oak in the road up to Blackshaw Head in Colden Clough today. Annie Honjo's photo.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Possibly Elfin Saddle and an unidentified fungus over on main blog

At the Calcareous Rock Outcrop in Colden Dale on Sunday 25th Feb, we found the two fungi above.
See Calderdale-wildlife blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Pithya still fruiting well at Ogden Res.

Today at Ogden Reservoir, Calderdale. I haven't seen it since the first winter it was found by Bruce Hoyle, and after great persistence on the part of Alison Galbraith, it was identified for us at Kew, how many years back I can't remember. Two or three?

The barrier of old Christmas trees, where the Pithya grows on the dead Abies nordmannii between the perimeter path and the water, a way of disposing of them, while also preventing dogs entering the water and the shore, where birds can now breed without disturbance. (If they can tolerate the many walkers and dogs that pass close by.)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New (to me) bracket 5.2.17 Elland

Might be just Turkeytail, but looks different to me; the way it is reaching upwards and convoluted. It  is also beautifully bright and translucent in the sunlight. Found under the powerlines near Cromwell Bottom where the trees are lopped by contractors and the branches left to lie. The fungus was on cut oak branches

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Some unidentified species

This could well be a slime-mould. It was on a dead tree stump at Ogden Res. on 16th Nov. 2016
Apparently it's a fungus - one of the Ascocoryne species, Purple Jellydisc (from Peachysteve.) 

The coin is a 10p. These tiny fungi are growing with a thin layer of moss on the concrete wall-tops along the dam at Baitings Res. 20th Nov. 2016.
Peachysteve comments: Probably Small Oysterling Arrhenia retiruga, reportedly rare but apparently common. 

The ones with the coin above.

Light going by the time we got to Ryburn Res so this is the best I could get of some tiny (Mycena ?) also growng with moss on the concrete wall balustrade-tops along the dam on the same day 20th Nov. 2016.   Peachysteve comments: Probably a Galerina species, common with moss. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ryburn Valley - 18.09.2016

A few interesting finds from the latest Society Walk.

Around the Mill Pond at Rishworth Mill we found this beautiful Cep
(Boletus edulis)

Then we found an interestingly formed fungus which had grown an inverted cap on top
Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

But the highlight was found on the river path between Ripponden and Rishworth
A fungus which parasitises the mycelium of another fungus
A rare sight but worth looking out for at this time of year
 Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)

Parisitised by Parasitic Bolete (Pseudoboletus parasiticus)


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Foray to Holywell Green area (and Gosport Clough) 25.10.15

Fungus Foray to the Holywell Green area 25th October 2015

With thanks for rarer species/groups identification by Peachysteve.
The find of the day (year?) was Violet Coral (Clavaria zollingeri)

Two fruiting bodies some yards apart, in the steep mossy pasture between the Beech plantation and the woods of Gosport Clough.
(A sketch plan is in Annie Honjo’s notebook)
Also new to us was Fairy Inkcaps
Present: Members Steve Blacksmith (leader) Peachysteve, Annie Honjo, Mike Brook,
Tess(guest) and Andrew (guest.)

Fly Agaric
The Deceiver
Amethyst Deceiver
Snowy Waxcap
Common Inkcap
Turkey Tail
Black Milking Bonnet
Fairy Inkcap (Coprinellus disseminatus)
Angel's Bonnet
Trooping Funnel
Earthy Powdercap
Oak Milkbug
Tar Spot
Yellow sp. of Club
Dewdrop Mottlegill
Golden Waxcap
Apricot Club
Heath Waxcap
Stump Puffball
Hairy Curtain Crust
Brown Oak Cup (Rutstroemia firma)
Oak Bark Spot
Beech Woodwart
Blackening Brittlegill
The Blusher
Beech Tar Crust
Boletus sp. (small)
Russula sp. (Yellow Cap)
Meadow Waxcap (Large number.)
Slimy Waxcap
Gallerina sp.
Pink Waxcap
VIOLET CORAL two fruiting bodies some metres apart
Parrot Waxcap
Splendid Waxcap
Butter Waxcap
Crested Coral
Magic Mushroom (Liberty Cap.)
Orange Waxcap
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust
Charcoal Burner
Meadow Coral
Clouded Funnel
Common Rustgill

Scribe SB - checked Peachysteve

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stoodley Glen 18.10.15

Our Foray at Stoodley Glen produced the following list: With thanks to Peachysteve for id's of less common fungi.
(Further information on the day's sightings is over on Calderdale-wildlife.blogspot.)

Birch Polypore (Latin names will be added later if I have time)
Dark Honey Fungus
Un-id woodland Agaric
Un-id bracket possibly young Turkeytail
Russula sp. (grey cap)
Holly Speckle
Oak twig spot
Birch twig spot
Elfin Saddle
Oak twig spot (different from above)
Oak twig white crust (Split Porecrust)
The Deceiver
Magic Mushroom (Psilocybe semilanceata)
Common Earth Ball
Birch twig spot (oval spots)
Toughshank (Collybia sp)
Pinkgill (Entoloma sp.)
Petticoat Mottlegill
Meadow Waxcap
A red Waxcap prob. Hygrocybe splendissima
Egghead Mottlegill
A yellow Waxcap  H. chlorophana
Heath Waxcap
Pink Waxcap
Yellow Brain on dead Gorse stem
Amethyst Deceiver
Crested Coral (possibly)
Brown Roll-rim
False Death-cap
Boletus sp. (Red-cracking group.)
Webcap sp.
The Blusher
Clustered Toughshank
Bell sp. (Gallerina sp.)
Brown Birch Bolete
A Stereum crust on dead Hawthorn trunk
Common Bonnet
Bulbous Honey Fungus
Artist's Bracket
Approx. 38 species in approx. 3 hours.

Peachysteve adds these links, etc

 One of the oak spots, I'll call it Oak Bark Slit (it has no common
 The other
 One of the birch bark spots
Oak twig white crust was Split Porecrust
Crust on dead Hawthorn trunk was a stereum species
The Leccinum was Brown Birch Bolete

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Porcelain Fungus - Copley - 10.08.15

Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

Often considered as growing specifically on dead Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
This is the second time I have found it on living Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
Both times on the oaks between the canal and river surrounding the playing fields nr Hollas Lane.

A very attractive fungus with a glossy white cap.
The gills can be seen through the thin cap giving a striate appearance to the bottom edge.

Here you can see the stem ring and the distant gills.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Winter Polypore

I'm sticking my neck out on the identity, as I've not seen Winter Polypore Polyporus brumalis before.
Photographed 3rd May.

It is reminiscent of Black-foot Polypore, with a "fat foot", rather than a black one.
Growing on rotting birch branches near the Shackleton Monument, the stone pillar above Midgehole Car Park at Hardcastle Crags.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cobalt Crust (Terana caerulea)

I called it Violet Crust as I didn't have of the correct name, and I was going to look it up.
It looks inky-blue here, but definitely has or had a beautiful violet colour. Photoed 19.3.15.
Thanks to Peachysteve for the identification.

It's growing on the underside of a broken hoe handle in my garden, where it was in contact with a plank of wood below it. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Scarlet Elf Cup - Sarcoscypha sp.

There is a good show of these at the bottom of North Dean Wood at the moment (mid Feb. 2015)
I have read that it was at one time collected for Xmas decorations, but this winter it didn't begin to show until well after Xmas.

It wasn't found locally by the Halifax Scientific Society when our famous life member, Professor Roy Watling was foraying as a boy and young man. Only after he was Director at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens did it start to colonise, or re-colonise, Calderdale. That was in the 1970s.

There used to be some discussion whether our local one is Sarcoscypha coccinea or S. austriaca, but now it seems generally accepted that it is S. austriaca.