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 Fungi to end of 2017

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Earthballs, Earthstars & Puffballs
Amanita Funnels
Armillaria Honey Fungus Inkcaps
Ascomycetes Spore shooters Jelly ears, Jellies and Brains
Blewits Knights, Shanks and Parachutes
Boletes Milkcaps
Bonnets Oysters and Oysterlings
Brackets Parasols
Brittlegills Roundheads
Buttercaps Rustgills and Scalycaps
Clubs, corals and Spindles Stinkhorns
Crusts Tufts
Deceivers Waxcaps


Field mushroom Agaricus campestris on horse pasture. 22nd October 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott

Wood mushroom growing in a woodland area near the lake. 6th June 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott
Above: two aspects of Fly agaric Amanita muscaria. Cap is 17cms diameter. Right: General view of the single specimen in its surroundings. Note the silver birch in the background. Fly agaric has a symbiotic relationship with the Silver birch passing nutrients to the roots of the birch in return for sugars. 14th November 2016. Inset :  Pictured on 23rd November 2016  a new fruiting body is developing close to the site of the original. Photos © Raymond Small. 
The first sighting of a Fly agaric Amanita muscaria in 2017 was on the 25th September. Up the footpath beyond the cottages, the fly agaric is associated with the roots of silver birch. It has not yet appeared at other known sites. Photo © Brian Ecott Fly agaric Amanita muscaria. 24th October 2015.  First one found this year. Always associated with the roots of Birch trees growing nearby. POISONOUS.  This specimen has been attacked by slugs who have been eating large holes in it. Photo © Brian Ecott

Fly agaric fungi on Cabin Hill, with associated Silver birch 31.10.09

Tawny Grisette Amanita fulva  Cabin Hill, 22nd August 2017

Photo © Brian Ecott.

Panther cap Amanita pantherina in Horse pasture. DEADLY POISONOUS.

4th October 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott

False deathcap Amanita citrina in woodland on Dog Kennel Hill.

22nd September 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

False death cap Amanita citrina 18th August 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve,
 Armillaria  Honey fungus  

Honey fungus Armillaria mellea at base of oak in the Horse pasture Photos © Brian Ecott. 14th October 2015. Note the brown stems and the yellow rings.

Spreads underground by black threads aka Bootlaces. This is a major threat to foresters

Honey fungus Armillaria mellea at the base of an old hawthorn. Also known as Bootlace fungus the fungus can spread by black bootlace like structures which can travel underground to infect other vulnerable trees in a wide area. Hoghill. 19th October 2016. Photos © Raymond Small.

Honey fungus aka Boot lace fungus Armillaria mellea. The black bootlace is collections of fungal hyphae (fungal threads) which travel through the dead trees and soil to infect other nearby trees. Known as the Forester's Curse. Clusters of the fruiting bodies may be found at the foot of diseased trees.

Photo ©  Colin Carron  11th September 2015

Ascomycetes Spore shooters  

This tiny fungus on an oak log belongs to a group of fungi called Spore shooters or Ascomycetes. This is Purple jelly disc Ascoryne sarcoides.

Photo © Raymond Small. 15th November  2016

Semifree Morel fungus Morchella semilibera 26th April 2010

Candle snuff or Stags Horn Xylaria hypoxylon on rotting wood.

Photo © Brian Ecott  19th November 2016.

Stag's horn or Candlesnuff fungus Xylaria hypoxylon growing on rotting stump. Common throughout the year. Photo © Michael Rumble 8th December 2014.  

Small orange fungus on silt removed during ditch clearance. Oak path.  Orange cup Melastiza cornubiensis. 31st October 2014.

Thanks for the identification to local mycologist Peter Comber.        




Above: A line of eyelash fungi Scutellinia scutellata growing on a rotting hornbeam log. It is reported as present in the forest although this is a first for me. Found Lambourne wood, near Spurgate.

28th March 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott


Left: Lovely close up of the Eyelash fungus showing the brown hairs or lashes. 28th March 2017. Photo © Raymond Small.


On cleared woodland near Sheepwater and growing on old bramble stems is Scarlet Elfcap Sarcoscypha austriaca,.17th February 2017.Photo © Brian Ecott

Charcoal cup Peziza echinospora near toilet block. 14th September 2012.

Ascomycete fungus Ciboria batschiana on old acorn. 6 Oct. 2007.

Dead man's fingers Xylaria polymorpha  Photo  © Francis Castro

21st October  2012  Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve            

Dead moll's fingers Xylaria longipes  Photo  © Francis Castro

21st October 2012   Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve


Hare's ear fungus Otidea onotica  in secondary woodland at back of lake.

 Not common in Hainault.1st October 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott


White saddle  Helvella crispa  Found along the ride edges on Cabin Hill.

22nd October 2014.

Helvella atra  Photo: 28th October 2006

Thanks to Thomas Bardorf (Austrian Mycological Society for the correct identification of this specimen.



Coral spot Nectria cinnabarina. Appears on small cut branches.

Photo © Colin Carron

14th October 2014

These pieces of fallen oak found in the secondary woodland, has a fungus in it called Green Elfcap Chlorociboria aeruginascens which sometimes has tiny fruiting bodies, but generally as here only the fungal stained wood is found, Used in Marquetry, found in Tunbridgeware antiques.
Oak pin Cudoniella acicularis in furrows in tree bark. 1st November 2015. Amongst aspens near lake.  Photo © Brian Ecott Beech woodwart Hypoxylon fragiforme on fallen beech. 28th September 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott.

Cramp balls aka King Alfred Cakes. Hard cinder-like fungi on fallen branch - probably ash on which it is normally found. A section through the fungus shows concentric growth rings hence its specific name Daldinia concentrica.  10th February 2015.

King Alfred's cake halved to show concentric rings.   Photo: 30th March 2009.


The Fungus on the grass stem is Epichloë typhina and it has a symbiotic or beneficial relationship with the grass. Close up (right above).

 Photo © Michael Rumble 23rd July 2014.


Wood blewits 23rd October 2008

This large grassland species is Field blewit Lepista personata, and it has a cap diameter of 13 cms. The stem is lilac colour. Found on Lord's Pond field near the Country Park main entrance. Photo © Brian Ecott. 27th October 2017.

The rare fungus Rosegill Volvariella bombycina found beneath an ancient field maple in the Angel Car Park  Photos: 16th August 2006.


Red Cracking bolete Xerocomellus chrysenteron 3rd August 2017

Young Cep aka Penny Bun Boletus edulis 3rd August 2017

The cap and underside of the Weeping bolete Suillus granulatus. Boletes have pores underneath instead of gills. All Saint's Chigwell Row.

Photos ©  Peter Comber 5th Nov. 2015

Yellow cracking bolete Boletus submentosus. Common in the woodland areas. 9th August 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott  

Angel's bonnet Mycena arcangeliana on rotten trunk 22nd October 2016.

Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Angels bonnets Mycena arcangeliana on oak stump, Chigwell Row Common.

26th October 2013.

Clustered bonnet Mycena inclinata in hollow oak stump. 21st August 2012.

Photo © Len Ratcliff

Angels bonnets Photo © Brian Ecott 8th October 2015. Thanks to local mycologist Peter Comber for the identification.


Nitrous bonnet Mycena leptocephala. Common in short grassland by the lake. 1st November 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Brownedge bonnet Mycena olivaceomarginata. In short grassland by lake.

Cap is about the same size of a 1p.coin.  1st November 2015 in short grassland near the lake. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Pink bonnet Mycena pura,  Hainault Lodge Nature Reserve 26th October 2004

Pink bonnet Mycena pura 25th October 2014


Turkey tail Trametes versicolor  A variable coloured bracket fungus here with rich colours on old wood.. Photo © Brian Ecott 13th November 2016.

Turkey tail brackets Trametes versicolor on fallen beech. 19th October 2016.

Photo ©  Raymond Small

Turkey tail Trametes versicolor. A small bracket on a fallen birch tree. Open plain near Romford Gate. 20th October 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Turkey tail  Trametes versicolor. 29th November 2007

Birch polypore aka Razor strop fungus Piptoporus betulinus. When it appears on birch,  the tree is dead or dying. Here the bracket is  growing from an upright tree, and above right is an old decaying bracket.

20th October 2015. Photo ©  Colin Carron

Richard with Birch bracket Piptoporus betulinus. It measured  36mm in width  23rd October 2008

Razor strop fungus or Birch bracket Piptoporus betulinus is found on Birch all year round. 11th October 2014. Postia ptychogaster was found by Sarah White on a wooden fence buttress presumably pine. It was said by Mary Smith of the Essex Field Club to have been recorded only once in Essex on 02/09/1952, in Birchanger Wood near Bishops Stortford when It was found by E Groves, and identified by J B Evans.    Peter Comber photographed several on the 12th November 2014. 

Bracket fungus Chondostereum purpureum on hawthorn behind the café 30th December 2016 and on rotting log near lake 9th Jan '17 Photos © Brian Ecott

Artist's bracket Ganoderma applanatum on rotten trunk near Peter's gate.

9th October 2016 Photo ©  Raymond Small

 Artist bracket fungus Ganoderma applanatum on beech bole. Dog kennel Hill. 18th September 2014.

Dryad's saddle Polyporus squamosus on willow stump by the Lake.
 5th June 2017  Photo © Brian Ecott.

Beef steak fungus Fistulina hepatica on oak tree base. 15th August 2017  Photo © Brian Ecott

Conifer Mazegill Gloeophyllum sepiarium on a Woodland Trust notice board near The Camelot.
Above and right: The rare Conifer mazegill Gloeophyllum sepiarium.  It is occurring on most of the Woodland Trust notice boards and was probably imported on the wooden boards when purchased. Present on a few boards in 2012     26th October 2013.

Shaggy bracket Inonotus hispidus on Ash tree near café  15th August 2012. Identified with thanks by Peter Comber who has not recorded this before in Hainault Forest.

The bracket Ganoderma pfeifferi on beech stump on Dog Kennel Hill.,

October 2006

Giant polypore Meripilus giganteus growing at the base of a beech stump 29th September 2013 © Brian Ecott  
Willow bracket Phellinus igniarius on old willow on former farm pond,  alongside 2nd car park, 6th February 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott.  

Lumpy bracket Trametes gibbosa on cut Hornbeam stump. Cavills walk, Lambourne Wood. 24th January 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Raymond Small has captured the hairy surface of this fungus known as the Hairy Curtain Crust Stereum hirsutum on an old log.

1st February 2017. Photo © Raymond Small.

Hairy curtain crust Stereum hirsutum was often found on tree stumps and logs. Jan 2009

Zoned rosette Podoscypha multizonata an early autumn species of fungus found in the secondary woodland on Cabin Hill. 7th Sept. 2010.

The rare Podoscypha multizonata on Cabin Hill 2nd October 2005

Zoned rosette Podoscypha multizonata. Thin leathery lobes arising from a short very stout stem. Usually has light and dark bands. Occasionally turns up in the forest. Found this time in the horse pasture. 4th October 2015.  Photo © Brian Ecott
Found on a fallen branch is the fungus Radulomyces molaris  syn. Cerocorticium molare 15th November 2014. Scale x1.5. Identified with thanks to Peter Comber who states that this is an old specimen. Younger specimens are lighter in colour. The specific name molare/molaris  refers to the teeth like shape of the fruiting body. Said to be rare.

Tooth fungus Radulomyces molaris syn. Cerocorticium molare on fallen twig on Dog Kennel Hill woodland. 8th November 2015. Status occasional. Found last year.  Photo © Brian Ecott  

Upper and underside of a tiny Split gill fungus Schizophyllum commune on cut oak log. Photos © Raymond Small  7th November 2016.

Poplar bells Schizophyllum amplum 9th January 2017 on the underside of a rotting branch of Grey poplar near the lake.

Raymond Small made this unusual discovery of Poplar Bells growing on Willow 17th January 2017 by the Lake. Photo © Brian Ecott  

Powdery brittlegill Russula parazurea.  All Saint's Chigwell Row.

Photo ©  Peter Comber 5th Nov. 2015




Butter cap Collybia butyracea. Cap feels greasy. Photo © Raymond Small.

15th November 2015. 

Buttercap Collybia butyracea Cap has a buttery feel 27th October 2014.

Buttercap Collybia butyracea. Distinctive, cap feels buttery. Found in leaf litter in the wooded areas. 9th October 2015.  Photo © Brian Ecott.  
Clubs, Corals and Spindles  

Apricot club Clavulinopsis luteoalba in short grassland in the horse pasture.

Picture © Raymond Small. 15th November 2016. 

Slender club fungus Macrotyphula juncea. On twigs and leaves among aspen near lake inflow. 1st November 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Golden spindles Clavulinopsis fusiformis have been very abundant over all the short grassland this year. 12th November 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Yellow club Clavulinopsis helvola in short grassland on Hoghill.

9th October 2015, Photo © Brian Ecott

White Coral Clavulina coralloides. Photo ©  Peter Comber 5th Nov. 2015 (Note the pine needles in all the churchyard pictures)

Meadow coral Clavulinopsis corniculata  near the lake outfall.

12th November 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott.


Split porecrust Schizopora paradoxa - a common crust on fallen timber all year.  Photo © Brian Ecott 6th December 2016

White rot Phellinus contiguus spotted on an oak branch by Raymond Small on 19th January 2017. The larger patch was 3cm across.  Thanks  to Tony of NaturePlus at the Natural History Museum for the ID..  Scan © Brian Ecott.

A white crust on a fallen log. Close up showing pores. Identified by local mycologist Peter Comber as Trechispora mollusca. 4th January 2015

Bleeding oak crust fungus Stereum gausapatum on oak log. The lower picture shows "blood" exuding from the fungus when cut with a penknife.

Photos © Raymond Small  7th January 2017..


 The Deceiver Laccaria laccata plentiful in grassland and wooded areas.  On Hoghill,  5th November 2014  Identity confirmed by Peter Comber.

Amethyst deceiver  in the Horse pasture. Gills, cap and stem purple colour, although when dry the cap may be light brown.14th October 2015.

Photo © Brian Ecott. 

The Deceiver Laccaria laccata. In the secondary woodland near the lake. The fibrous stem and the unequal gills help identify this species. 30th January '17. Photo © Brian Ecott
Earthballs, Earthstars and Puffballs  

Common earthball Scleroderma citrinum in Lambourne Wood 12th August 2017  Photo © Brian Ecott

Common earthball Scleroderma citrinum. Unlike the puffballs which have a thin skin and liberate spores when hit by raindrops The Earthballs contain a mass of black spores which are liberated by breakdown of the fungus. 

Hence sclero=hard derma=skin.   Photo © Colin Carron. February 2015.

Leopard earthball Scleroderma areolatum. 3cm across. On bare ground alongside path. Not common in Hainault 1st October 2015. 

Photo © Brian Ecott

Scaly Earthball Scleroderma verrucosum in woodland. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Common puffballs Lycoperdon perlatum 12th September 2011


Common puffballs Lycoperdon perlatum in horse pasture

19th October 2015 Photo © Brian Ecott

Common puffball  Lycoperdon perlatum 22nd October 2014 is a fleshy fungus when young. It gradually becomes a bag of millions of brown spores which are liberated if a raindrop or object falls on the top of the fungus. This is illustrated right by Peter Comber in an old photograph of his. Spore discharge. Photo © Peter Comber 2003. 

Giant puffball Calvatia gigantea on Dog Kennel Hill. During the war it was known as Hitler's secret weapon. Said to have been reported to the police when found. 21st September 2015  Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Giant puffball Calvatia gigantea. About the size and weight of a cricket ball. Can be very much larger. This one has been eaten into by slugs. 25th October 2014 Photo © Colin Carron. Three Giant puffballs Calvatia gigantea. These were each the size of a match football. It has been said that during WW2 they were thought to be Hitler's secret weapon. Police were notified of their presence in grassland. On Hoghill path alongside the golf course. 12th November 2014. © Peter Comber

EARTH STAR Geastrum triplex at Hainault Lodge Reserve 26th October 2004

Three Earthstars among Horse Chestnut leaves, Hainault Lodge Nature Reserve. 26th October 2004


One of several Trooping funnels Clitocybe geotropa  Photo © Raymond Small.

13th November 2016.

Trooping funnel Clitocybe geotropa. Small funnel shape, cream cap, gills down stem (decurrent), stem broadens to the base.  In secondary woodland  near Headland path. Compare with below.  24th October 2015.

Photo © Brian Ecott.

Young Trooping funnel Clitocybe geotropa found along the old horseride 11th October 2014

Trooping funnels Clitocybe geotropa as seen from the 2nd car park through the tree line towards the café, 8th November 2015. Photo ©  Michael Rumble

Trooping funnel Clitocybe geotropa, trooping through the brambles, Largest cap in troop was 21cms diameter. 24th October 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Clouded funnel or Clouded agaric Clitocybe nebularis As its specific name suggests the cap is a cloudy-grey  Photos © Raymond Small 23rd November 2016.


Clouded funnel or agaric Clitocybe nebularis, common and often in large rings in the wooded areas, 6th November 2014,


Clouded funnel or agaric Clitocybe nebularis. A large funnel shaped cap with gills down part of the stem (decurrent). 10cms diameter. Found in bramble and scrub in the secondary woodland near the lake. May also be found in large rings. 16th October 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Part of a Clouded agaric ring on Cabin Plain.   Photo: 1st November 2005




Illustrated left:

Clitocybe americana a Red Data species.

22nd October 2009

Photos © Peter Comber






Pleated inkcap Coprinus plicatilis among Millfoil in short grassland.

21st October 2016. Photo © Raymond Small.

Mature pleated inkcap Coprinus plicatilis. They have opened up and the gills are blackening. 23rd October 2016. Photo © Raymond Small

One of a genera of short lived fungi which appear, mature and dissolve in a black inky mass (deliquescence) as starting in the picture above right.

Pleated inkcap Coprinus plicatilis  21st September 2015 in woodland at back of café. 21st September 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott Common inkcaps Coprinus atramentarius growing on dung 28th September 2013 © Michael Rumble.
Lawyer's wig or Shaggy inkcap Coprinus comatus on Woodhenge mound. 20th November 2015. Photo ©  Michael Rumble.

Glistening inkcap Coprinus micaceus on rotten wood. The cap glistens like mica - hence the name. Photo ©  Colin Carron  5th September 2014

Jelly ears, Brains and Jellies

Jelly ear Auricularia auricula-judae. Commonly found on Elder in the forest. Photo  ©  Brian Ecott  8th January 2016

Jelly ear Auricularia auricula-judae on rotting wood. Commonly found on Elder. Photo © Raymond Small. 13th November 2016. 

Leafy Brain fungus Tremella foliacea Headland Path 28th November 2012

Identified as rare by local mycologist Peter Comber.

Yellow brain fungus Tremella mesenterica on old willow twig. 

Photo: 9th March.

Yellow brain fungus Tremella mesenterica on old rose stem. 23rd January '17. Photo © Brian Ecott

Yellow Brain fungus Tremella mesenterica  on dead branch near the lake. The lobes are yellow-orange,  soft and jelly-like. 4th January 2015.

By contrast to the previous picture taken last year, here is the same species which has dried, aged, become wrinkled and turned a deeper orange. Thanks to Mary Smith, Sec. Essex Field Club for her identification and comments. Photo © Brian Ecott 13th March 2016.

Witches butter Exidia glandulosa on oak branch, Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve.  27th January 2017. Photo © Brian Ecott.

Witches butter Exidia glandulosa on fallen branch. The fungus is covered with a thin layer of ice. 4th January 2015.
Strong winds in recent weeks have brought down small branches from oaks. Witches butter Exidia glandulosa is a commonly found jelly fungus on these branches. Jan 2009.

White  brain Exidia thuretiana is a tiny (1 cm) jelly-like fungus on rotten beech in the woodland behind the café 31st December 2016 © Brian Ecott

White Brain fungus Exidia thuretiana on fallen hornbeam. Photo © Daniel Britton, Latchford Meadow 25th March 2013. Identified by Peter Comber.

Common Jellyspot Dacrymyces stillatus on rotting stump, back of lake,  Photo © Raymond Small. 2nd February 2017.

Knights, Shanks and Parachutes

Sulphur Knight  Tricholoma sulphureum in mixed woodland Cabin Hill 26th October 2013  Photo © Ron Andrews

Yellowing Knight Tricholoma scalpturatum  in grassland alongside the former changing rooms.   12th October 2015.  Photo © Brian Ecott.

Yellowing Knight (fresh specimen)  on grassland towards the lake.

23rd October 2015  Photo © Brian Ecott

Velvet shank Flammulina velutipes on old willow on former farm pond,  alongside 2nd car park, 6th February 2017. Photo © Raymond Small
Porcelain fungi Oudemansiella mucida on fallen beech on Hog Hill.. Discovered and photographed © by Raymond Small. 17th October 2016. Cap 2-8cms across, A ring on the stem,  slimy often dripping, delicate. I have seen this in Epping Forest but this is a first for me in Hainault.

Young developing Porcelain fungi Oudemansiella mucida as above.

Photo ©  Raymond Small

Twig parachute Marasmiellus ramealis. Very tiny fungus growing on a dried blackberry stem. Along Retreat path. 21st October 2015.  Photo © Brian Ecott


Milk cap shedding milky substance when damaged.

Fishy milkcap Lactarius volemus. The milk seen in the picture smells fishy.

All Saint's Chigwell Row.  Photo ©  Peter Comber 5th Nov. 2015

Birch milkcap Lactarius tabidus  5th November 2014 Thanks to Peter Comber for the identification
Oysters and Oysterlings
▲ Left  a scan of some tiny gilled fungi (approx 1cm across) on a log. Alongside two close up photographs taken by Michael Rumble on 4th January 2016. Thanks to Mary Smith Secretary and Mycologist,  Essex Field Club who kindly  identified it as Smoked oysterling or Black jelly oyster  Resupinatus applicatus.

Flat oysterling Crepidotus applanatus on rotting elder log. 1-2cms across. Underside reveals split gills and a rudimentary stem. 3rd January 2017

 Photos © Brian Ecott

Some Oyster mushrooms Pleurotus ostreatus were found on a fallen beech

Jan 2009

Oyster mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus on fallen beech. 7th August 2011

Not very fresh Oyster mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus on tree stump in horse pasture. Right - Showing underside. 23rd September 2015.

 Photos ©  Brian Ecott


Field parasol Macrolepiota procera 12th September 2011

There has been an abundance of Parasol mushrooms Macrolepiota procera in the horse field this year. (2013) Some of the caps had a diameter of 25cms, and they are very tall and easily knocked over. There is a moveable ring on the stem and the stems base is speckled. Many fungi grow in rings, some many metres across and visible in ariel surveys. Below shows a ring centered on a patch of nettles . The ring typically expands outwards over the years as nutrients are used up. Said to be edible and excellent. Photos left © Michael Rumble and above Brian Ecott. 29th Sept. 2013.

Parasol mushroom Macrolepiota procera in the horse pasture. The cap diameter was 18cms. Few and far between this year and smaller cap sizes.

Photo © Raymond Small. 15th November 2015. 

Parasol mushroom Macrolepiota rhacodes.  Abundant this year on Dog kennel Hill and horse field. Large ring on stem, moveable. Photos © Michael Rumble  8th September 2014.

Parasol mushroom Macrolepiota procera.  Incredible size!

Cap 27cms.diameter, Stem height 38cms. In horse pasture.

Photo   Michael Rumble  23rd September 2015. Pictured with Brandy V.

Parasol mushroom Macrolepiota procera.25th September 2015 in the horse pasture. Shows a ring which is movable on the stem. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

View of Lepiota rhacodes var bohemica showing the large ring and the stipe which is bulbous at the base.  28th October 2014.

Two pictures above and right show   Lepiota rhacodes var bohemica, identified by local mycologist Peter Comber. This species grows in the lower slopes of woodland on Hoghill mainly among bramble. They can often be found tracing out large rings. Cap 10 cms and stem or stipe  9 cms. 

Photos ©  Colin Carron  23rd October 2014.


Redlead Roundhead Stropharia aurantiaca (Leratiomyces ceres) 

25th October 2014 with thanks to Peter Comber for its identification.

Dung roundhead Stropharia semiglobata. Found in the horse meadow.

3rd November 2015. Photo © Michael Rumble

Rustgills and Scalycaps

Spectacular rustgill aka Big Jim Gymnopilus junonius  in the secondary woodland near Peter's Gate. It is growing on a buried tree root and is a young developing fungus.  Photo © Brian Ecott 9th November 2016.

Big Jim Gymnopilus junonius as above now with an expanding cap. Peter's gate.   22nd November 2016  Photo © Raymond Small.

Spectacular rustgill aka Big Jim Gymnopilus junonius on tree roots in secondary woodland near Peter's Gate. 20th October 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Peter Comber has captured these same Spectacular rustgills 8 days later than in my original photograph above top. POISONOUS.

28th October 2015. Photos ©  Peter Comber


Poplar scalycap Pholiota populnea emerging from the base of a  felled Poplar tree 24th October and 29th October 2013 on Hog Hill.


Stinkhorn fungus Phallus impudicus with developing egg. 5th August 2011

On 30th October 2010 a Stinkhorn egg Phallus impudicus was found and cut in half to show the mycelium and developing stinkhorn. The outer layer is a jelly like substance, the middle layer is a greeny-brown jelly containing a spore mass and the inner layer looks like polystyrene which will eventually expand to produce the mature stinkhorns illustrated right. Flies are attracted to the stinkhorn because of its pungent smell and eat the sticky green spores which get transferred elsewhere. When all the spores are eaten the top of the stinkhorn is white. Photo © Peter Comber.

Sulphur tuft Hypholoma fasciculare on rotting stump in Lambourne wood.

30th September 2015. Photo ©  Brian Ecott

Possible Hypholoma species - awaiting identity. On rotting log in the farm (old camp site)  yard.  8th November 2015. Photo ©  Michael Rumble.

Sulphur tuft Hypholoma fasciculare also on rotting wood.

Photo © Raymond Small  22nd November 2016.

Sulphur tuft Hypholoma fasciculare growing on a rotting tree stump. Plentiful this year. 5th November 2014.

Sulphur tuft Hypholoma fasciculare on rotting stump. Dog kennel Hill.

18th September 2014.







1. Parrot wax cap Hygrocybe psittacina Photo © Ron Andrews 28th October 2012. 2. Mature Parrot waxcap  Hygrocybe psittacina still retaining some green on cap and stem. In short grassland on Hoghill. Good distribution. 9th October 2015. 3.Young Parrot waxcaps Hygrocybe psittacina, short grassland opposite Foxburrows cottages 17th November 2014. Photo ©  Michael Rumble  


Parrot Wax Caps Hygrocybe psittacina in grassland on Hog Hill   Photo; 28th Oct. 06.

Parrot waxcaps showing later development and the gradual loss of the green colour to yellowish. Tip of cap pink.  Hoghill grassland 18th November 2014.

Butter Waxcap Hygrocybe ceracea   Short grassland on Hoghill. Thanks to local mycologist Peter Comber for the identification.  20th November 2014.

Meadow waxcap Hygrocybe pratensis on short grassland on Hoghill.

3rd November 2015. Photo © Brian Ecott

Blushing waxcap Hygrocybe ovina. The gills seem to have a reddish bruised area. Plentiful in groups in short grassland on Hoghill. 28th October 2015.

 Photos © Brian Ecott

1.  Snowy waxcap Hygrocybe virginea. In short grassland in horse pasture. Several present. 22nd October 2015 

2.  Scarlet Waxcap - Hygrocybe coccinea. The gills have a decurrent tooth where they join the stem.  In short grassland on Hoghill. Uncommon. 27th October 2015.