Autumn programme

June 22, 2017 - 09:59 -- Pat Cavanagh

Our autumn programme is now in the calendar (bottom right of home page if viewing on a pc, scroll to the bottom if using a phone or tablet).  To view information on a meeting, click on the relevant date in the calendar.  Click Read more to see all details including an aerial photo of the meeting point.

Rickmansworth Festival

May 27, 2017 - 11:17 -- Pat Cavanagh

We had a display table at the Rickmansworth Festival last week.  In spite of the time of year and the recent dryness, we did have a few “real” fungi (brackets and a selection from Sainsburys) but fortunately Steve was able to supplement these with his beautiful and amazingly lifelike models.  We had quite a lot of interest from members of the public, with adults particularly asking about edibles, and children drawn to the brightly coloured and the strangely shaped.

Rust and smut workshop

May 19, 2017 - 09:13 -- Pat Cavanagh

We had an interesting and informative workshop on rusts and smuts on 7 May, with a brief description of their complicated lifecycles and an opportunity to look at a variety of specimens, including the smut on Cuckoo Pint / Lords & Ladies - Melanustilospora ari.  This has been considered rare but with several recent finds, it may just have been overlooked.  It causes black blotches on the leaves - but there are often black blotches on the leaves of this plant - but more tellingly it creates pustules on the undersurface of the leaf, see photo.  So worth looking out for.

Fir & Ponds meeting on 9 April

May 18, 2017 - 13:26 -- Pat Cavanagh

Six people including the leader, Kerry Robinson, were at this meeting, and they were accompanied by the assistant warden, John Rowley. It had been very dry beforehand, so the group concentrated on the damper areas near the ponds, where they found the rare asco-on-a-stalk  Myriosclerotinia sulcatula (photo attached).


Flitwick Moor meeting

October 7, 2016 - 14:45 -- Pat Cavanagh

We had a pleasant day for our meeting at Flitwick Moor on 18 September, with the ground not too dry, as is always the case at this site which is unusually damp for Beds.  We saw several of the site specialities including Russula claroflava (Yellow swamp brittlegill - photo courtesy of Sharon) and Pseudoboletus parasiticus (Parasitic bolete) which although always found with Scleroderma citrinum (Common earthball) may not in fact be parasitic with it.
Overall a very enjoyable morning.


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