January traditionally sees the delightful Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha austriaca appear in the woodlands of Tophill Low NR, East Yorkshire. A stunning carpet of red cups littering the woodland floor during a quiet period in the fungi season.
However, eagerness to add to the species total means hard work goes on looking – Doug Fairweather finding this Split Porecrust Schizopora paradoxa which was new to the Tophill site list in mid-January.
Despite the cold temperatures, moth recording continues – Mompha epilobiella can be found if you look hard enough.
The Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca, female Scaup Aythya marila and Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina lingered during the early part of the month, with the occasional Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus providing interest in the gull roost.
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