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)
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 aporos, Geastrum fimbriatum, and Calocybe gambosa.
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!
Hair Ice (Exidiopsis effusa)
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.