Another super find in Dorset


"Found by Mark Pike on the DFG's annual visit to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour on 23rd October, this is the tiny, but beautifully coloured Melanophyllum haematospermum (Red Dapperling) which is far from common in the UK"

Rare find in South Dorset



'National Fungus Day 2016' finds ....



"This beautifully coloured tiny little mushroom was found by Jeni Green on National Fungus Day  9/10/16 at Thorncombe Woods, Dorset. It was identified as the rare Entoloma euchroum"




"An amazing array of the parasitic Boletus parasiticus (Parasitic Bolete) growing on its host Scleroderma citrinum (Common Earthball)"  again at Thorncombe Woods on National Fungus Day 9/10/16







"This is the very rare sight of the common Oudemansiella mucida (Slimy Beech Caps or Porcelain Fungus) growing on something other than a Beech tree, in this case a Silver Birch! These were once again seen at Thorncombe Woods on National Fungus Day, 9/10/16"



A rare find in North Dorset







'Ganoderma Resinaceum' (Laquered Bracket) found by Jeni Green on the base of an ancient oak tree near Shaftesbury, Dorset on 28th August 2016.

  A much more seasonal find ...



 'Verpa conica' (a type of morel) found by Gordon and Ann Cryer just on the Dorset/Hants border at Martin Down on the 26th April 2016. Not particularly rare but tricky to find! This one is a little mis-shapen.




Another un-seasonal find ...

  'Lycoperdon utriforme'  found by Gordon and Ann Cryer at Durlston Country Park on 12th April 2016. This species is more often found in the summer/autumn. On the left is a fresh specimen but the image on the right shows an opened old example.


 How weather affects fungi ...





This distorted 'Lyophyllum decastes' was found on January 28th 2016 by Eddy Kensbock, growing amongst more normal shaped specimens. The unusual shape was probably due to being affected by frost.



   Why so early?




One of the earliest dates we have found this species in our 20 year history! St George's mushroom 'Calocybe gambosa' found in Gillingham on 22nd January 2016.