Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fungi Finding

Every autumn and early winter I feel the urge to hunt for fungi, and last autumn was no different. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out into nature as much as I wanted at the time, but I did manage to go on a fungi finding walk in my own time, and an organised fungi foray at Trooper's Hill Nature Reserve.

There were many fungi in the woods, from vibrant scarlet fungi...

to paler creamy and brownish fungi.

Some appeared to have exploded, and were filled with alien-like slime.

One had even been shaped into a heart by the elements.

The most perfect and easily identifiable fungi I found was a young puffball, covered with tiny spikes.

In the grassland at Tropper's Hill there were mostly waxcap fungi. Scarlet waxcaps, snowy waxcaps, yellow waxcaps and meadow waxcaps, along with a few other finds.

There were also earthballs. They are similar to earth stars, but instead of having a hole which the spores puff out of, the fungi explodes or splits to release the spores. I also found a much smaller earthball growing in my garden!

I had hoped to see an amanita muscaria in real life for the first time, but sadly they had all gone over at the time of the fungi foray. I know their growing location for next autumn though! Now that I've been exploring the nature of Bristol for about a year, and have had all four seasons here, I'm starting to know where certain things grow and which are the best places for finding different wildlife. So I'm really looking forward to doing a lot more fungi finding when autumn rolls around again, with a bit more knowledge of the area.


  1. It's so lovely that you're starting to get to know the seasonal happenings in your area. <3