Last Saturday at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire a piece of history made as the 300th species of fungi was recorded on site.
Found by Doug Fairweather, and braving masses of thorns to get a picture, here is Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum
Despite being a relatively young woodland, only 50 years ago the site was flat and almost treeless, it is an impressive total given that some of the species have only being recorded as single specimens. I’m sure our inspiration, the late Keith Allison who began surveying the fungi several years ago, would have been impressed with the efforts of Doug and myself to raise the site list to such a total. Especially fitting as we approach the latest anniversary of the passing of our good friend.
Many other species were noted during our tour of the site including…
Jews Ear Auricularia auricula-judae
Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides
Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis
Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa
Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans
Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare
Oakbug Milkcap Lactarius quietus
Tawny Funnel Lepista flaccida
Shaggy Pholiota Pholiota squarrosa
Butter Cap Rhodocollybia butyracea
Candle Snuff Xylaria hypoxylon
We also managed a couple of myxomycetes including this Leocarpus fragilis
A few decent birds were on show on Saturday including 3 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, numerous Fieldfares and Redwings passed through, a Brambling was around the visitor centre briefly and 2 Whooper Swans seen flying south early morning returned west later in the day.
The Gull roost however yielded nothing on either evening which was a little disappointing… but there is still plenty of time to make the exercise worthwhile.