Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 14.12.13

Oliver woke up and he had his heart set on going to the Crags, so off we went and happily spent the best part of the day there. We made our way to Gibson Mill from Midgehole car park along the riverside path and back again by way of the road as that is Oliver's favourite route. We have had such a mild December here this year that it has been great for us to still enjoy foraging in the great outdoors in such clement weather.

White Saddle (Helvella crispa).

Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis).

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus).

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes). 

As we were walking back we spotted this Northern Hairy Wood Ant hill that had a few fungi growing on it, the red arrows are pointing to them.

On closer inspection they happened to be False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca) - above and below. The ants must have gone into hibernation as there was no sign of activity.

Yellow Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa).

Wrinkled Club (Clavulina rugosa). 

On the top the brackets are Turkey Tails (Trametes versicolor).
The Olive one at the bottom is Olive Oysterling (Sarcomyxa serotina)
The little yellow spindles dotted across the centre are Calocera cornea.

A very pretty, raspberry coloured myxomycete. 

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