Tophill fungi list hits 300

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

Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Silverleaf Fungus Chondrostereum purpureum Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

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 Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Jews Ear Auricularia auricula-judae

Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides

Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Clouded Agaric Clitocybe nebularis

Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa

Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans Tophill Low NR East Yorks Nov 12

Common Rustgill Gymnopilus penetrans

Sulphur Tuft  Hypholoma fasciculare Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare

Oakbug Milkcap Lactarius quietus Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Oakbug Milkcap Lactarius quietus

Laxitextum bicolor Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Laxitextum bicolor

Tawny Funnel Lepista flaccida Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Tawny Funnel Lepista flaccida

Shaggy Pholiota Pholiota squarrosa Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Shaggy Pholiota Pholiota squarrosa

Butter Cap Rhodocollybia butyracea Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Butter Cap Rhodocollybia butyracea

Candle Snuff Xylaria hypoxylon Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

Candle Snuff Xylaria hypoxylon

We also managed a couple of myxomycetes including this Leocarpus fragilis

Leocarpus fragilis Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

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.

Whooper Swans @ Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, Nov 12

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.

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