Anthony Carter: Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR

Clitopilus hobsonii (Anthony Carter)


Sunday 16th September 2018
Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR

Eighteen people attended this popular event held by north West Fungus Group. Starting by the reserve manager’s office, we moved very slowly down to the oak wood which is as far as we got by lunchtime because the fungi were numerous and varied. The paddock produced a couple of new species for the Reserve, Lepiota cortinarius and Psathyrella bipellis. We also found a little brown job, Panaeolus fimicola (Turf Mottlegill), on a little brown job (a rabbit dropping). 

Panaeolus fimicola (Turf Mottlegill)

Along the path we encountered Entoloma hebes (Pimple Pinkgill), while the in oak wood, we found the tiny Rutstroemia sydowiana on the petiole of an oak leaf.  

Rutstroemia sydowiana


Tolypocladium ophioglossoides (Snaketongue Truffleclub), one that grows from an underground truffle, was rediscovered. A patch has been in the same area for years but tends to move around and is hard to spot in the moss.

Tolypocladium ophioglossoides (Snaketongue Truffleclub)


Along the Firebreak to the dunes and back along the pinewoods to base, we recorded the very poisonous Amanita phalloides (Deathcap)

Amanita phalloides (Deathcap)


Clitopilus hobsonii

 Clitopilus hobsonii


Calocera viscosa (Yellow Stagshorn)

Calocera viscosa (Yellow Stagshorn)


Pluteus pouzarianus, Inocybe microspora and a host of more common species. 

The final total was 100 species with 15 new to the Reserve.