Field Event Reports

Sunday 17 November 2019: Fungus Foray at Sherwood Lodge, Kennington

A Yellow Brain Fungus on a sticek

Joint event with Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire

On this rather grey November day, six Abingdon Naturalists members turned out to look for fungi in the extensive gardens of Dr Molly Dewey’s home, Sherwood Lodge, in Kennington. We were very fortunate to be able to join forces with the fungus foray organised by the Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire.

We had been concerned that overnight frosts during the preceding week, and one of the wettest Novembers on record, might result in rather few fungi being found. However, with the help of around 20 enthusiastic Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire experts, we very quickly started locating fungi on decaying wood, in the leaf litter of the woodland floor, and on the lawns at Sherwood.

During the course of the morning, around 50 species of fungi were identified, including the aptly named Orange Peel fungus on the front lawn, and a blob of rather gross-looking Dog’s Vomit Slime Mould on the back lawn.

Some fungi have delightfully descriptive common names. Amongst those we found at Sherwood Lodge were the Yellow Brain Fungus (like a wobbly yellow jelly), Parrot Waxcap (which has a greenish slime turning to yellow and orange), The Goblet (goblet-shaped), The Deceiver (so-called because it is one of the most variable-looking fungi), Ugly Milkcap (say no more!), Sulphur Tuft (bright yellow gills), Candle Snuff Fungus (feathery white - like smoke issuing from an extinguished candle, maybe?), Fly Agaric (bright red with white dots – the quintessential toadstool), and Parasol Mushroom (like an umbrella, but deliciously edible).

Abingdon Naturalists members Bob Evans, Michael Bloom, Harriet and Nicholas Moggridge, Alison and Sylfest Muldal plus around 15 members of Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire.

Report: Alison Muldal