Spring programme now available

Members will recently have received the Spring progamme.  It is also in the calendar.  Newsgroup members will receive an email reminder before each meeting.


Extra meeting!

I have just added an extra meeting to the calendar, which was not in our programme - field meeting and BBQ near Berkhamstead on Sunday 15 December.  See calendar for further info.


Interesting finds at Gobions Wood

Margaret & Steve had some interesting finds at Gobions Wood in the spring, in spite of the dry conditions.


Autumn programme now in calendar

Meetings for the rest of the autumn have now been entered into the events calendar (on pc, calendar is bottom right of home page; on tablet / phone, scroll down to bottom).   In some cases you will need to click Read More to see full entry


Autumn programme

Members should have received our autumn programme.  Meetings for September have been entered into the events calendar (on pc, calendar is bottom right of home page; on tablet / phone, scroll down to bottom).  More to follow.


ARO Whipsnade Gymnopus multijuga.jpeg

Tropical fungus in Beds?

Last year Alan found a collybioid species in Whipsnade Zoo butterfly house which he tentatively identified with reservations as Gymnopus inodorus.  Feeling that it was not quite right for that, he asked Geoffrey Kibby about it on the basis that Geoffrey might perhaps have seen something similar at Kew. Geoffrey responded “Your Gymnopus resembles a species which turns up at Kew regularly and which we have decided is a tropical species called G. multijuga. I will be writing this up as a profile fairly soon in Field Mycology so you can read about it there”. It is, of course, new for Beds.


Sarcoscypha austriaca

Scarlet elf cup time

Sarcoscypha austriaca can be found at any time between November and April.  It likes wet conditions and especially alder/willow carr and is apparently not worried by snow or frost.  This photo was taken some years back by Alan Outen at Oughton Head, Herts.


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Interesting corticioid worth looking for on conifer wood

Skeletocutis amorpha on an old conifer log at Stockgrove Park.  From the top, this looked unremarkable, rather like a Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor) but underneath the pores bruised a striking orange.  The Basidio checklist says “Common and widespread. Easily recognised especially if the pore surface has developed the distinctive apricot-orange colouration”, and I am thinking I have probably overlooked it many a time, mistaking it for Trametes; so worth looking carefully at any small brackets on a fallen conifer.


The Goblet

Sign of winter

We found my very favourite fungus at Waterford Heath on 26 November – The Goblet (Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis), a beautiful, elegant speciality of late autumn/winter; photo by Claudi.