This distinctive white bracket-like fungus grows in clusters on decaying conifer wood. Relatively common in coniferous woodland in the Scottish highlands, it is also found in the south of Scotland and in Cumbria but is it is very rare elsewhere. Inedible
How to identify
Angel's Wings are bracket-like fungi with white or ivory more or less circular caps of between 2-10cm across overlapping in tiers. The cap margin curves inwards and becomes undulating with age. The surface of the cap is felty. The gills are white becoming cream. The cap does not have a stem.
Where to find it
In conifer woodlands on decaying stumps and branches.
When to find it
How can people help
Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden