Fungi Fun: October

 Stereopsis reidii by Tony Carter


The fungi season has begun in earnest. Forays with North West Fungus Group and Liverpool Botanical Society have been held.

Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR produced over sixty specimens, seven not having previously been recorded there by the Group. Highlights included:


Pearly Webcap (Cortinarius alboviolaceus)



 Olive Brownie (Hypholoma myosotis)

A wet woodland lover found by the newt pond.



Penny Bun (Boletus edulis)  is highly edible.



Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)



Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis)

This is said to be edible but easily confused with Galerina marginata (Funeral Bell - the clue is in the name).



Stereopsis reidii 

Ainsdale is the only site in the UK where this species has been recorded!


The next visit was to Springwood Crematorium and Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool, looking for grassland fungi. A good number of waxcaps were recently recorded there by other local naturalists but not when I went.

Finds included Cortinarius talus (Honey Webcap) that does smell like honey!


Honey Webcap (Cortinarius talus)



Beechwood Sickener (Russula nobilis)



Sulphur Knight (Tricholoma sulphureum)



Next a visit to Calderstones Park, where the shrubberies are usually a good area for fungi. Some nice Echinoderma aspera (Freckled Dapperling), a species moving north in the current climate.


Freckled Dapperling (Echinoderma aspera)



Blushing Dapperling (Leucoagaricus badhamii)



Ramaria curta

One of the less common species of coral fungus was living among the fallen twigs.


Not much to look at was Cystolepiota bucknallii (Lilac Dapperling), a new species for me. The only thing lilac on mine was the stem. It gives off a very strong smell of coal tar.


Lilac Dapperling (Cystolepiota bucknallii)


As long as the weather holds, this should be a good year for fungi.


By Tony Carter