Fungi Trail

It’s soon to be prime fungi season and I can’t wait to see what will start to emerge over the next few months. I find identifying fungi a real challenge, and recently I’ve mainly been interested in tracking fungi and photographing it. As with all wildlife though, I think every photographer should know exactly what it is they’re pointing the camera at. So, after consulting the “Fungi Bible” – otherwise known as the Collins Fungi Guide – I made my best guesses at what species I’d seen. Then, I consulted with a local fungi expert in my area, and was pleased to discover I’d got most of them right!

Here is a selection of the species I’ve seen so far, some in Carlisle where I’m studying and others at home in Hertfordshire. Hopefully this list will triple in size during the autumn!

Hertfordshire

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Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)
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Red Cracked Bolete (Xerocomellus chrysenteron)
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Yellow Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa)

Cumbria

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Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)
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Ochre Brittlegill (Russula ochroleuca)
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Blue Roundhead (Stropharia caerulea)
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The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata)
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Brittlegill (unsure of species – too young)
6) Sheathed Woodtuft
Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis)
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Sheathed Woodtuft from below

Burghead, Moray

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The Sickener (Russula emetica)

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