Day 5

03 September 2023

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Today, the weather was warm, but very damp — sections of the reserve woodland had flooded.


Immediately left off the Entrance Path, I found a Fuligo septica aethalium (Fig. 5.0) on rotting leaves.

I then found a group of Tricholoma album (Fig. 5.1) that I saw last year in the same place.


In the Basecamp Loop, I saw the Peziza group and a small group of pink Stemonitis (Fig. 5.2).

By the path down to Basecamp, the Fuligo cinerea  from previous weeks was rapidly disintegrating.

The Stemonitis group from Day 4 had become much smaller.

I also spotted a group of buff Disco fungi (Fig. 5.3) .

At Basecamp, I spotted a small group of Scutellinia scutellata (Fig. 5.4) under one of the log circle logs, and more Peziza (Fig. 5.5).

On a log just behind the activity tent, I found Ramaria stricta (Fig. 5.6) and a group of a white slime mould (Fig. 5.7).

At the end of the Basecamp Rail Track Path I found a solitary Parasola conopilea (Fig. 5.8) in the tall grass.


In The Dell, I spotted another Fuligo septica (Fig. 5.9) draping off a suspended twig and lots of little brown mushrooms.

The Hemitrichia clavata was still there, but beside it I saw a tiny group of dull pink sporangia (these later turned out to be an earlier form of H. clavata).

In a hazel coppice stump I came across Hypholoma fasciculare, and later in the area some Hymenochaete rubiginosa (Fig. 5.10), Lycogala epidendrum (Fig. 5.11) and Ganoderma applanatum.


In the Sandy Glade clearing, as in previous weeks, I saw Hemitrichia clavata from previous days and the Marasmius rotula from Day 2.

Down the Fen Trail Turnoff, I noticed a group of Scleroderma verrucosum (Fig. 5.12) with some pink fungi — these may have been Clitocybe gemina (Fig. 5.13).


In the Enclosed Area, I saw the Collybiopsis ramealis and the Picipes badius from previous days.

Further in, I found a singular Inocybe (Fig. 5.14), but, more excitingly, I spotted not one but two groups of coral fungi: Clavulinopsis species (Fig. 5.15), and a Clavaria species (Fig. 5.16).

Aside from these I also spotted large groups of Leota lubrica, a Hygrocybe conica (Fig. 5.17), some Peziza species (Fig. 5.18), Scutellinia scutellata (Fig. 5.19) and a silvery grey cup — Humaria hemisphaerica (Fig. 5.20).


On the woodland path to the Yew Grove, I saw a large group of Coprinellus disseminatus at the base of a tree, and an equally large group of Laccaria bicolour just after the Yew Grove.

I also spotted Calocera viscosa (Fig. 5.21) on the roots of a tree and the Chlorociboria from previous days.


At The Outpost, I saw the disintegrating spore mass of the Fuligo cinerea from previous days and a small group of Lycogala epidendrum.


In the Trail End Area, I spotted many Fuligo septica (Figs. 5.22–5.25), Arcyria cinerea, Stemonitis on various rotting log piles and a bracket species. (Fig. 5.26).


Throughout the reserve woodland, I found Scleroderma citrinum and Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa.

The Hydnum repandum was still around.