There's been some really amazing and beautiful fungi at Dove Stone recently.
I did post to the blog on fungi in September the year ( http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/groups/dovestone/blog/archive/2010/09.aspxhis ) but wanted to come back to it to post some more photos. Some fungi such as the Snowy waxcap are remarkably delicate looking. They really do pay looking closely. A bit like watching birds, really.
This Saturday we have a fungi foray at Dove Stone. Dave Winnard from the well reknowned Manchester Mushrooms will be leading our walk. Although it's a little late in the season there should still be plenty of interesting fungi at Dove Stone to see. It's worth checking out Dave's website which is full of great info http://www.manchesterwildlife.com/Manchester_Wildlife/Manchester_Mushrooms.html
If you're interested in coming along on Saturday then just be at the RSPB meeting point in the main Dove Stone carpark in time for a 10.30 start.
Lots of people, myself included, have been out enjoying this years particularly spectacular fungi at Dove Stone so here are a few photos of what's been about. The photos below include a shot of the unusual but still frequent White Spindles. Also pictured is the Scarlet Caterpillarclub. This fungi grows only on insect ( lepidoptera ) larvae or pupae that are either buried or lie dead in the soil. Some people consider this fungi to be rare, although is it more that it's just under-recorded ? Many thanks to Ken, our man-on-the-ground, as it were, for the great photos and the interesting background info to these fungi.
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