Whilst we all love it when the sun shines and the vibrant autumn colours bring the landscape to life, dark and dreich days play a crucial role in the cycle of decay that keep our woodlands thriving.
The Bowhill Ranger has been out and about exploring our woodlands with the help from some special groups and has discovered a multitude of interesting undergrowth. In particular, there is an abundance of fungal diversity, with at least 10 species of mushroom found in the car park alone!
Pictured: Fly Agaric – Amanita musceria
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Often you will spot mushrooms sporting unique colours, textures and patterns and can be described as beautiful products of nature.
Some fungi more naturally blend into their surroundings. If you’re out exploring, keep an eye out for Puffballs, Brackets and Inkcaps in dark nooks and crannies.
Pictured: Amethyst Deceiver – Laccaria amethystina
Remember, no matter where you are foraging, leave plenty for wildlife who are dependent on fungus, as other food sources become harder to find in the colder months. Plus, make sure to only pick what you can confidently identify!
Pictured: Shaggy Mane Inkcap – Coprinus comatus
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