FUNGUS OF THE MONTH

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 

Mycologically speaking this year has so far been relatively uninteresting in Yorkshire. What fungi have appeared have mostly been isolated specimens of common species. There has been much sunshine and dry weather, the wood lands have seen acres of drying bracken, the only bright spark has been a slight reduction in the plague of that most undesirable alien - Himalayan Balsam. In search of more interest we visited our niece, who lives below a large wood on the shore of Loch Ness and even here the expected autumn flush of fungi appears diminished.

But we did find this:- Pleurocybella porrigens, usually a northern species which is gradually coming South towards Yorkshire. Always attractive, it appears on decaying conifer wood, sometimes in plate-like structures but often with the elegant tube below.