Friday, January 31, 2014

Cragg Vale 29th & 30th January 2014

I don't know if any of you were aware of the mini tornado that struck Cragg Vale last October but it did cause significant damage to the trees in the woodland. Mature oak, beech and birch have been literally uprooted as if they were no more than pencils making some of the paths inaccessible through Turvin Clough. I took these pictures of the damage on the 29th and returned with Peachysteve on the 30th. Steve and I made our way down the valley from Jumm Wood and tried to return via the river side path but it was totally blocked by fallen trees and a couple of landslides. It was so bad that even the dogs couldn't make it through so we had to scramble up to the path in Higher House Wood on our return.

Looking over towards Blackstone Edge Road.

Phlebiopsis gigantea on a sawn surface of a Pinus. sp stump (found on the 29th January).

Spores smooth, ellipsoid/allantoid, 5-7 x 3-3.5 microns - mounted in water.

Cystidia awl shaped with densely encrusted tips.

Heteromycophaga glandulosae - above and two below.

Bleeding Oak Crust (Stereum gausapatum).

Cinnamon Porecrust (Fuscoporia ferrea).

Butter Cap (Rhodocollybia butyracea) - Steve's photos above and below.

Oak Mazegill (Daedalea quercina) - Steve's photos above and below.

 Inocybe sp.


  1. I had no idea this had occurred. What a mess! however Nature will take advantage of the apparent destruction.

  2. It will be great for fungi if they don't remove all of the fallen trees.

  3. I had no idea that had happened either.