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Autumn 2010 in Ryedale was the best season for fungi since I moved here 5 years ago. We had over 180 records covering 118 different species.
There were several interesting puzzles to solve in 2010 such as:
We again saw Morels in Oswaldkirk in April, Earthstars in Yearsley in October, a Cauliflower fungus at the base of the same Scots pine tree in Gilling woods as two years ago and several Magpie fungi along Castle Howard Way in November.
I spent several happy hours getting more keys to various fungi groups, going on a couple of forays outside Ryedale and trying to understand various websites to improve my identification skills and puzzling over Just what is the difference between a Saffron Milkcap Lactarius deliciosus and a False Saffron Milkcap Lactarius deterrimus?
We had an interesting Ryenats foray to the ancient woodland in Duncombe Park where we recorded the elusive Oak Polypore Piptoporous quercinus, identified by Gordon Simpson, and 63 other species.
The MYFG again held several good forays and an excellent Magic Mushroom day at Harlow Carr in October, where specimens were brought in or collected on the day and identified for a display in the new Education Centre. The NEFSG held an interesting microscopy day at Hamsterley Forest in County Durham and although these events are mostly outside Ryedale if we want to improve our understanding of the fungi of Ryedale we do need to have lots of people prepared to go looking and identifying specimens on our patch. There will be hundreds more species out there but the difficult bit is to identify them with a degree of confidence!
Thanks to all who have sent me records or photos or told me of interesting sightings this year. If you are interested in fungi keep looking, keep going on any forays, join the MYFG and/or the NEFSG, take photos, collect a specimen if there are more than one and if you want help, tell me about it so I can come and look and try and help identify it. I now have a good microscope and an increasing number of keys and books so we are making progress!!
|Text © Rhona Sutherland & Ryedale Natural History Society 2011
Photos © Rhona Sutherland, Gill Smith, Mary Brill 2010
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