Fungi fantastic

Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

This fantastic display of Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom was on show at Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire last weekend. This picture below, complete with size comparison prop provided by Doug Fairweather, giving an idea of the size.

Pleurotus ostreatus Oyster Mushroom Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Doug and myself encountered a wide selection of species during our survey tour of the site, with size varying from tiny Macrotyphula juncea Slender Club to huge Calvatia gigantea Giant Puffballs. Some of the species recorded are pictured below.

Phlebia radiata Wrinkled Crust Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Phelbia radiata Wrinkled Crust

Stropharia caerulea Blue Roundhead Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Stropharia caerulea Blue Roundhead growing over
Cyathus striatus Fluted Bird’s Nest

Xylaria longipes Dead Molls Fingers Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Xylaria longipes Dead Molls Fingers

Trametes ochracea Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Trametes ochracea

Calocera viscosa Yellow Stagshorn Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Calocera viscosa Yellow Stagshorn

Trochila ilicina Holly Speckle Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Trochila ilicina Holly Speckle

Tricholoma terreum Grey Knight Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Tricholoma terreum Grey Knight

A good number of Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were found, three individuals on Saturday and a further two on Sunday, which perhaps means that maybe a new VC61 late date will be set! The record has stood for the last nine years.

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Despite the chilly Friday night temperature, a decent haul of moths were attracted to light including 22 December Moth Poecilocampa populi and several Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria among the 35 or so individuals trapped.

Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire November 2013

Several Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti were audible from the hides over the weekend, while a Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus was the only other bird of note Doug and myself picked up over the entire weekend. Unfortunately, two evening gull roost observations yielded nothing of real interest, but 12,000-15,000 gulls were present late on both evenings.

A pleasure to spend some of Saturday with Steve Routledge and Chris Atkin, with a write up of their visit to Tophill viewable here. As ever, check out the official Tophill Low NR website for the latest news.

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