Thursday 31 March 2011


Received an email from a gentleman who has corresponded with me previously.

Whilst out walking in Hampshire he came across a Slime-flux-fungus.  Some of these primitive fungi grow up to 40cm in length.  More about this subject in a few months when I shall be adding a photograph to the website.

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Elvaston Castle, Elvaston, Derbyshire

Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

"Set four miles south-east of the city of Derby is Elvaston Castle Country Park, a picturesque site featuring over 200 acres of woodlands, parkland and formal gardens.
At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle - a Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s, based on the original house dating back to 1633. Wyatt's design, built for the 3rd Earl of Harrington, became home to the Stanhope family until the estate was sold by the then Earl of Harrington to Derbyshire County Council in 1968. The Council have operated it as Elvaston Castle Country Park since then".

Spent a few hours at Elvaston Castle, on a Sunday afternoon last October 2010.  One of those nice Autumn days where you can still feel the warmth of the sun on your back.  

A thrilling time as in a few square feet (Chris and George who were helping me hunt) found two or three types of coral fungi growing amongst mossy grass.  Clavulinopsis laeticolor, (yellow and club-like) and Clavulinopsis fusiformis (also yellow with acute tips).   I also found another coral-type fungus nearby which was light brown to buff and at this moment am uncertain of its identity.

These can now be viewed on Browse 3.

Sunday 13 March 2011

Weekend work on my website fungiworld

It has been difficult to concentrate this weekend on editing my photographs and up-dating the website because of the terrible earthquake in Japan.  I have been awaiting news from a friend who is currently in Tokyo.  The task has taken far longer than usual as I keep checking the latest internet news images.

Thankfully, at last I have received an email that he is okay.

Last October 2010 I visited a wood near Blidworth, Nottinghamshire called Sansom Wood.
It is a nice wood with a special atmosphere - a mix of broad-leaf trees and pines.
I discovered some new fungi during my visit and they are now available to view on Browse 3.

Jelly fungus or Leotia Lubria.  The cap looked black but on closer inspection it was a very deep olive green.
Also Hebeloma mesophoeum.  The cap being distinctive with what looks like a brown circle in the middle of the cap.