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.
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.
Phelbia radiata Wrinkled Crust
Stropharia caerulea Blue Roundhead growing over
Cyathus striatus Fluted Bird’s Nest
Xylaria longipes Dead Molls Fingers
Calocera viscosa Yellow Stagshorn
Trochila ilicina Holly Speckle
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.
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.
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.