At the time of writing, it’s very damp and mild and there are lots of fungi around, as no doubt you’re aware if you are into the wonderful world of fungi yourself.
My favourite is the fly agaric and it’s probably the most easily recognised as far as the general population is concerned, even if most people wouldn’t know what it was called. I haven’t seen one yet this year, so I decided to get out into the great outdoors and put that right, before autumn passes.
One thing with fungi is that that any particular species doesn’t just turn up anywhere. They have specific locations, for example on certain trees. In the case of fly agaric they are never usually too far from birch trees.
With Penn Common in mind as it also has light soil, I went for a walk over there for an hour or so one morning this week, confident that I would come across some. I wasn’t disappointed, and as well as the numerous fly agarics, I also spotted other species.
As you can see from the video, some of the fungi were partly eaten. They do provide a food source for other creatures and are an essential part of the big picture of the natural world.
In terms of identification, location and if relevant, host tree, are big factors. Although there are numerous types of fungi, you can eliminate whole categories immediately as you start to whittle the options down.
It might be a small stereotypical ‘mushroom’ growing on short grass or a huge growth on a tree, for example. They’re both very specific and you’re down to less choices.
In addition, I’ve got several books, including the Collins’ guide. I like that range for nature in general, including bird identification. In fact, I would say it was my ornithological bible.
There’s a great natural world out there, and once you start to identify things, whether they be birds, flowers, fungi, moths or whatever, it helps you to appreciate and enjoy everything so much more.
Blog entry 1527.