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Fungi Surveys - November 2017

Fungus surveyThe annual fungus survey at Exbury Gardens was completed this week. TP1050491wo groups, the Lymington Naturalists and the Hampshire Recording Group scoured the lawns and woodlands on two separate days and found a satisfying number of different fungi. This is such a complex subject that even the experts frequently disagree! But the sheer variety of colours, shapes, forms and sizes makes the subject fascinating to the most casual observer. One of the biggest problems with identification in the group is that an individual fungus can change so greatly in shape, size and colour as it matures that in some cases it's hard to believe it is the same species. Also, lot of fungi are "lbjs" (little brown jobs), so superficially similar to each other that even determining the group to which they belong can be difficult for the casual observer. Others are gratifyingly and interestingly different, and beautiful. It helps to have a microscope and a knowledgeable companion to begin to make some sense of it all.


Caterpillarclub Scarlet 171116 001P1050486P1050494Magpie inkcap (young)One little orange fungus, called Scarlet Caterpillar Club (see photo), grows on a caterpillar  sometimes remains of the host is found.  Another grows on pine cones; others grow on other fungi. And lots grow on tree roots.  Honey fungus leaps to mind, but most are not at all destructive.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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