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2018 Summary

2018 turned out to be another productive recording year for the Fungal Friends group. Here are the CATE2 database statistics for the last 5 years:

  • 2018: 4680 records of 684 species
  • 2017: 4481 records of 645 species
  • 2016: 3635 records of 631 species
  • 2015: 3475 records of 599 species
  • 2014: 3618 records of 538 species

Total for all years: 28707 records of 1206 species.

In addition, 22 public walks were led by group members with over 300 folks attending.


The Common Nettle – book release

The Common Nettle – An appreciative view by our very own Dave Higginson-Tranter has just been published. A must-read for those following the ecological road less traveled as well as would-be appreciators of this much maligned herbaceous under-dog. Available direct from Dave ( for the princely sum of £7.

Lentinellus cochleatus var. inolens – first record for Wales

Previously only recorded in CATE2 as far north as Worcestershire, Lentinellus cochleatus var. inolens has been found in a wood near Llangollen by Fungal Friends member Ian Staniforth. This variant is distinguished from the principal species by the lack of aniseed smell and absence of chlamydospores in the pileipillis (Funga Nordica 2nd edition reprint 2018, p. 115).

Photos: Ian Staniforth

Euura weiffenbachii – first English record

What do field mycologists do during the drought season? Bugs, birds, insects, flowers, trees, galls – you name it, if it’s alive we record it!

Congratulations to Dave & Gill Higginson-Tranter on finding and identifying the gall Euura weiffenbachii on Creeping Willow at Ainsdale – the first English record.

Euura weiffenbachii (photo: Ant Marriott)

January challenge – 2018

A light-hearted group challenge to see who could record the most species in the month resulted in 571 records of 169 species in total with a few new finds for the group. Quite a haul for what is generally a quiet month. Who won? You’ll have to look on Facebook!

Omphalina hepatica/subhepatica

Hair Ice (Exidiopsis effusa)