Seven of us joined Jim Horsfall form the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to record the grassland species in the meadows above the clough. We had a very productive day and the fields were abundant with a variety of different species ranging from waxcaps to the the parasitic Powdercap Strangler.
Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) - above and below.
Slimy Waxcap (Hygrocybe irrigata).
Heath Waxcap (Hygrocybe laeta).
Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana).
Dwarf Bell (Galerina pumila).
Collared Mosscap (Rickenella swartzii), R. fibula was also recorded but I didn't photograph it.
A troop of dung fungi.
White Spindles (Clavaria fragilis).
Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea).
Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum) above and spores below.
Spores 4-5.5 x 3-4.
Powdercap Strangler (Squamanita paradoxa) - a parasitic fungus on Cystoderma amianthinum.
Peachysteve's photo of the S.paradoxa below.
Images below taken later at home.
Spores 7.7 - 10.5 x 4.5-5.5.
Hygrocybe vitellina - above and below.
Lilac Pinkgill (Entoloma porphyrophaeum).
Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica).
Apricot Club (Clavulinopsis luteoalba).
Scarlet Waxcap (Hygrocybe coccinea).
Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis).
Oily Waxcap (Hygrocybe quieta).
Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis).
Entoloma chalybaeum var. lazulinum - above and below.
A couple of our finds whilst playing in the park after school and you can just see Oliver in the background on the right with his friend Jude.
Weeping Widow (Lacrymaria lacrymabunda) - above and below. The largest one had been kicked over and damage must have occurred to the gills and they were not weeping opalescent droplets but you can see them on the one I picked to take home in the photograph below.
If so it's the second one for Calderdale. This was on a mossy, unfertilised lawn on acid sandy soil in the Saville Park area of Halifax.
I have the specimen. All these pictures are of the one today.
The other I found at Wade Wood Fields on 8th October 1995 on a foray with Roy Watling, Alan Braddock, Bob Taylor and others (a joint Halifax Scientific Society and Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group Foray.) Said to be a new record for V.C. 63 at the time by Michael Sykes.
Same mushroom below in its blackened state on 30.10.13