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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Shining Cliff Wood, Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, December 2010

Shining Cliff Wood (Derbyshire)  is a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the large variety of plants and animals found in this very old wood.  The Woodland is on long term lease to the Forestry Commission. The walk takes you near the Cromford Canal and Tow path. 

Set out with Chris on a very cold December Saturday to Shining Cliff Woods situated in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire.  Although I originate from Derbyshire this was new territory for me but a very pleasant walk.  We got a little lost but a nice Security Guard still on duty allowed us to take a short-cut through the factory he was guarding.

Very quickly discovered a pure white bracket shaped fungus.  I think it is Crepidotus applanatus.  It was growing in tiers in a dead branch.  It has a very rudimentary stem.  Before long I found a distinctly triangular shaped fungus growing on a pine tree.  This could well be Pastia stiptica.


Moving on to 2011 I spent the weekend in Woking Surrey.  Came across a bracket shaped fungus - though it had gills rather than pores and had a slightly granular soft surface.  I have not identified this yet.

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