Famous for springing up overnight then disappearing almost as fast, fungi can seem hard to get to know and love.
But go for a walk in almost any wood at this time of year and you'll come across some fascinating fungi.
And with names such as stinkhorns, waxcaps, and earthstars don't they just make you want to get out and see them?
Odd shapes and pretty colours
So here's three easily-spotted fungi to start you off:
First up is fly agaric. With its bright red cap and childhood association with fairytales it's an easy one to go hunting for.
It's best to look out for them growing near birch trees.
Next up, there's the common puffball.
This fungi most oftens grow in little clusters, springing up from bare soil or poking up from under leaf litter.
Finally, try searching for bracket fungi. There are lots of different types, but an easy one to find is turkey tail:
Found growing on dead wood, this fungi grows in a concentric ring pattern and gets its name from the fact that it resembles the tail of a wild turkey!
Now over to you. Happy hunting!
I have come across a lot of fungi in the past few days, but identification for me is not good as to the types they are, but there are quite a few of my snaps here, all found in Suffolk
Wanted to know what this one is, any idea Lucinda ?
Hi John - I'm still learning fungi, too, so don't know them all! However, a great source of information to help you get to know them better is the Kew Gardens website: www.kew.org/.../index.htm and their associated image gallery: www.kew.org/.../Fascinating-world-of-fungi.htm.
And as you have seen fly agaric (all the red toadstools in your photos), and birch polyphore (outdoors.webshots.com/.../2183932570035970728lqPJBp) you might also be interested in reporting those sightings on the British Mycological Society website:
Thanks Lucinda for the links and I shall certainly inform the BMS:-)
Hi Lucinda, I have reported my findings to the MCS and had a confirmation reply, meanwhile I thought as it is the time of the year I would cobble together a YouTube clip
Fungi from Suffolk