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)

Pothole Quarry – 29/04/2018

Leader: John Ratcliffe

A visit to this interesting calcareous broadleaf woodland produced a final list of 41 species, including Morchella semilibera, Dumontinia tuberosa, Dichomitus campestris, Pholiotina aporosGeastrum fimbriatum, and Calocybe gambosa.

Morchella semilibera

Pholiotina aporos

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)


Delamere Forest – 3/12/2017

Leader: Julie Rose

A group visit to one of our regular sites. A total of 51 species were noted. An area to the north of Delamere Road had been clear-felled since our last visit.

Crepidotus epibryus

Skeletocutis amorpha

Cudoniella acicularis