Sun 6 Aug 2023
Field event ID HF2310
OS Grid areas: SU2214 SU2215
Report: A bright morning greeted us as we gathered at Eyeworth Pond. Within a few metres of the car park we began to find a good number of species on the grassy slope below the wood. These included Lactarius quietus (Oakbug Milkcap), Russula vesca (The Flirt), Russula velenovskyi (Coral Brittlegill), Cantharellus ciboria (Chanterelle) and Amanita fulva (Tawny Grisette).
Eventually (!) we continued a little way into the wood, where Peter showed us the dead beech trunk where he had found Pluteus aurantiorugosus (Flame Shield) the previous year. We found that there were two rather mature fruit-bodies present again. The interior of the wood was less productive, but we added such species as Laccaria amethystina (Amethyst Deceiver), Megacollybia platyphylla (Whitelaced Shank), Imleria badia (Bay Bolete), Boletus edulis (Cep), Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Fungus) and Hydropus floccipes.
When we emerged onto some damp grassland the finds picked up again, with some nice Russula claroflava (Yellow Swamp Brittlegill), Clitopilus prunulus (The Miller) and many Scleroderma verrucosum (Scaly Earthball). A few bright scarlet waxcaps studded the lawn and were a nice subject for the photographers. They were Hygrocybe helobia (Garlic Waxcap).
There was a spot of drizzle as we headed down the grass clearing where we saw several groups of the dark-gilled Hypholoma ericaeum. On re-entering the wood, we discovered Mycena pelianthina (Blackedge Bonnet) and the ‘eggs’ of Phallus impudicus (Stinkhorn).
We then headed back along the gravel path towards the car park. At the side of the track we found several boletes. One had a rose-pink cap, yellow pores and turned dark blue when handled, quickly coating the stipe and the fingers of the handlers! It proved to be Boletus pulverulentus (Inkstain Bolete). A second, was a bolete with an unremarkable matt brown cap, Boletus aereus (Bronze Bolete) and a third, larger species, with a rather convoluted cap and red netting on the stipe was Butyriboletus appendiculatus (Oak Bolete). As well as these, we also found Russula graveolens (with a strong odour of shellfish), a small yellowish oysterling with dark brown scales on the cap, Crepidotus calolepsis and, on a fallen willow, the parasitic Tremella foliacea (Leafy Brain).
Species recorded: Amanita fulva (Tawny Grisette), Amanita rubescens var. rubescens (Blusher), Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Bracket), Bjerkandera adusta (Smoky Bracket), Boletus aereus (Bronze Bolete), Boletus badius (Bay Bolete), Boletus cisalpinus (Bluefoot Bolete), Boletus edulis (Cep), Boletus pulverulentus (Inkstain Bolete), Calocera cornea (Small Stagshorn), Cantharellus cibarius (Chanterelle), Clitopilus prunulus (The Miller), Coprinellus micaceus (Glistening Inkcap), Crepidotus calolepis, Crepidotus cesatii (Roundspored Oysterling), Crepidotus variabilis (Variable Oysterling), Daedaleopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket), Exidia glandulosa (Witches' Butter), Exidia nucleata (Crystal Brain), Fistulina hepatica (Beefsteak Fungus), Fomitopsis betulina (Birch Polypore), Ganoderma adspersum (Southern Bracket), Gymnopus fusipes (Spindle Toughshank), Hydropus floccipes, Hygrocybe helobia (Garlic Waxcap), Hymenochaete rubiginosa (Oak Curtain Crust), Hypholoma ericaeum, Hypholoma fasciculare var. fasciculare (Sulphur Tuft), Laccaria amethystina (Amethyst Deceiver), Laccaria laccata (Deceiver), Lactarius camphoratus (Curry Milkcap), Lactarius chrysorrheus (Yellowdrop Milkcap), Lactarius quietus (Oakbug Milkcap), Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken Of The Woods), Leccinum crocipodium (Saffron Bolete), Leccinum cyaneobasileucum (Greyshank Bolete), Megacollybia platyphylla (Whitelaced Shank), Mucidula mucida (Porcelain Fungus), Mycena filopes (Iodine Bonnet), Mycena haematopus (Burgundydrop Bonnet), Mycena pelianthina (Blackedge Bonnet), Neobulgaria pura var. pura (Beech Jellydisc), Phallus impudicus var. impudicus (Stinkhorn), Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom), Pluteus aurantiorugosus (Flame Shield), Pluteus cervinus (Deer Shield), Polyporus leptocephalus (Blackfoot Polypore), Postia subcaesia (Blueing Bracket), Psathyrella piluliformis (Common Stump Brittlestem), Rickenella fibula (Orange Mosscap), Russula aeruginea (Green Brittlegill), Russula atropurpurea (Purple Brittlegill), Russula claroflava (Yellow Swamp Brittlegill), Russula cyanoxantha (Charcoal Burner), Russula fragilis var. fragilis (Fragile Brittlegill), Russula graveolens, Russula nigricans (Blackening Brittlegill), Russula nobilis (Beechwood Sickener), Russula puellaris (Yellowing Brittlegill), Russula velenovskyi (Coral Brittlegill), Russula vesca (The Flirt), Scleroderma verrucosum (Scaly Earthball), Stereum hirsutum (Hairy Curtain Crust), Thelephora terrestris (Earthfan), Trametes gibbosa (Lumpy Bracket), Trametes versicolor (Turkeytail), Tremella foliacea (Leafy Brain), Trochila ilicina (Holly Speckle), Tubaria conspersa (Felted Twiglet)