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What to Watch in Wildlife This Month - Fungi

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Posted: Wednesday 13th September 2017 by WildBlog

By Joe McSorley, AWT Living Landscape Manager

Autumn rains herald the mushroom season with strange little colourful fungi popping up on compost heaps, woodland verges, log piles and grassland slopes around this time of year.

Mushrooms and toadstools come in a huge variety of sizes - from tiny, little parachute mushrooms just big enough to shelter an ant under their canopy, to huge parasols spreading like 12 inch spaceships across a field. They also come in a number of remarkable shapes from Stinkhorns to football sized Puffballs.

There's an enormous range of colours from the white-flecked, deep-red of the Fly Agaric, to the deep-green and yellow of the Parrot Waxcap. Dolebury Warren is a good site to look out for waxcap fungi with their candle like texture and their colourful fruiting bodies in a variety of reds, yellows, whites and greens, littering the grassland like discarded buttons.

Woodland fungi are also starting to emerge, with the extremely poisonous Death Cap with its faded green cap a common sight at Goblin Combe and Weston Big Wood.

It’s also worth scanning the woodland floor along paths and field edges for the well camouflaged Blewits with their leaf brown caps and stems at our nature reserves including Walton Common and Browne’s Folly.

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