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First butterflies of year in the garden for me yesterday
A Comma quickly followed by a Large White

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A whole day was spent on my Newchurch Common local patch today and it paid dividends with some cracking species.

Butterflies were a highlight with 12 Green Hairstreaks seen on Shemmy Moss as well as a male Brimstone butterfly, both firsts for the year here. A Comma was also seen on Shemmy Moss. An Orange Underwing moth was seen and photographed by Shemmy Moss, a pretty scarce Cheshire species.

A Dark-edged Bee-Fly was on Shemmy Moss as was a White-footed Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus). A Honey Bee was also seen.

At least 10 Green Tiger Beetles were on Shemmy Moss, great to see. A brand new species was added too, the diminutive Common Ground Hopper (Tetrix undulata), seen on Shemmy Moss.

Coral Spot fungus was on a dead twig in the Pine Belt.

Lesser Celandine, Red Dead Nettle, Goat Willow and Narcissus were all recorded for the first time this year.



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As mentioned in another post I was on my Newchurch Common Local Patch at 4.20am this morning testing a Thermal Imaging Monocular for a review I'm doing at work.

The star mammal picked up by it was a Stoat, bounding along at the edge of Gull Pool Wood next to a field full of Rabbits, a species seen in every grass field I passed, in huge numbers. The other highlight was a Wood Mouse watched at only 10 foot range and showing in enough detail to confidently ID down to species.

Many moths were seen in the monocular but as expected no ID was possible!!



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A morning walk on Newchurch Common:

As well as the birds the sunny spells gave me the excuse to look for invertebrates and as before Buff-tailed Bumblebees were on the wing but a new Bumble was a queen Early Bumblebee with its bright rufous tail band. Also seen at the traditional nesting bank were male and female Clarkes Mining Bees, a colourful and welcome addition to the invert fauna of my patch. Two species of hoverflies were seen, the closely related Common Dronefly and Tapered Dronefly, told apart by abdomen shape but also tarsus colour, I had to be a leg man today!! The big common Blow Fly, Calliphora vicina, was also seen and photographed. Amongst a big stand of Yellow Archangel plants just one was found in flower, and so was duly photographed!

 



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Away from the bird interest on my Newchurch Common local patch today I was really pleased to find my first frogspawn of 2023, in two traditional breeding pools. The Common Frogs may be out A-Wooing but the newts are still hibernating evidenced by another Smooth Newt found under a log in one of the wet woodlands. Under the same log was a small group of fungi tentatively IDed as Tubaria furfuracea. Another fungi seen was a stunningly colourful Turkeytail, which I just had to photograph as it almost glowed in the spring sunshine. A queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee was out looking for a nest site but no butterflies were seen today.



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On Newchurch Common on a sunny morning I recorded my first butterfly, a Comma near Big Pool. Also on the wing were double figure numbers of Tapered Dronefly (Eristalis pertinax).



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Redesmere Cheshire (Midday)

A huge Pike was seen in the outflow stream from Redesmere leading towards the pools on the Capesthorne estate.

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At Newchurch Common today, bright and sunny.

Under a log were a Great Crested Newt and 6 Smooth Newts.

A Buff-tailed Bumblebee N.of Big Pool was my first bumblebee of the year.

Fungi seen were Turkeytail, Birch Polypore, Blushing Bracket, Hoof Fungus and Witches Broom.



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A Newchurch Common again today.

Lots of Grey Squirrels and a single Rabbit were seen.

Two specimens of the common carabid beetle Pterostichus niger were found.

The bracket fungus Polyporus varius (also called Cerioporus varius) was recorded.



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Went to Newchurch Common yesterday (21st Feb 2023) as it was warm and sunny so I was looking for inverts. The only record was a lone Honey Bee feeding on the gorse N.of Big Pool.



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Moore NR Cheshire at Round Cherval / opposite Fiddlers Ferry. Otter tracks on the mudbanks.



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Moore NR

A single Bank Vole seen at the entrance to the hide on Lapwing Lane.

The little creature gave the impression that it been attracted there by seed left for the resident Robin.

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A walk on Newchurch Common produced more fungi than I expected this deep into winter, but many were the same as seen late last year.

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes) was expected as the typical winter fungus, but nice to see near Big Pool. In the same area I recorded Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum), Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor), Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus), Black Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus) and Scurfy Twiglet (Tubaria furfuracea). North of Big Pool I found Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella mesenterica), Crystal Brain Fungus (Exidia nucleata), Bark Bonnet (Mycena speirea), Variable Oysterling (Crepidotus variabilis) and on the dung heap lots of Common Dung Cups (Peziza vesiculosa).

As on New Years Day Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum) and Candlesnuff (Xylaria hypoxylon) were seen.

A new lichen for patch was the striking Powdered Speckled Shield Lichen (Punctelia subrudecta) again north of Big Pool.



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[Originally posted in the Cheshire Moore thread]

Anyone any idea what this skeleton is?

My foot bottom left by the way is the front 4" of twelve in size 12 wellies for scale!

The white feathers were adjacent.....but I must be being thick I think I just can't either i.d. the skeleton (I think it is a giant Rat) or disassociat the adjacent feather as being two seperate corpses....but surely they are?

Anyone put me out my misery?

Ta,

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At least 3 bats in flight this afternoon, around the Northern edge of Gullivers World theme park.

2 appeared to be "Pipistrelle" sized, the other noticeably larger, but perhaps not quite "Noctule" sized.



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My New Years Day Local Patch walk on Newchurch Common produced a few bits of extra wildlife even though I was especially concentarting on birds.

Grey Squirrels were abundant and a 'nice' Fox poo was found on Shemmy Moss indicating this species' presence.

Fungi photographed were Sulphur Disco, Birch Polypore and Hoof Fungus all in Gull Pool Wood, Common Puffballs on Shemmy Moss and Hairy Curtain Crust all over the place. Candlesnuff fungus was also seen as well as the Skeletocutis amorpha from the other day.



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On Newchurch Common.

A late addition to the fungus list was most likely Skeletocutis amorpha, a white crust fungus found on a dead branch near the main track between the 2 pools. This is a member of a family of very similar looking fungi but given that the dead wood it was on was from a confer then this is the most likely species.



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Tuesday 27th of December 2022 10:01:24 PM

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Originally posted today by Dave Thacker:

Leighton Moss, 8.00 - 14.00hrs today

Sunshine, -6*c and 99% of the water iced over made for great conditions to look for Otters this morning. 

The sluice channel next to the causeway was not iced over and I watched the adult female Otter and two young fishing for about 25 minutes about 30m  down the channel. 

 



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An afternoon walk produced 1 new fungus species - Alder Bracket Fungus (Inonotus radiatus) near Small Pool.



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Wednesday 7th of December 2022 10:45:55 PM

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Another morning mainly concentrated on fungi and again a few new ones.

Newly found were Bitter Oysterling (Panellus stipticus) near Small Pool, Sulphur Disco (Bisporella sulfurina) in Gull Pool Wood, and Yellow Stagshorn Fungus (Calocera viscosa) on Shemmy Moss.

Re-photographed were Angel's Bonnet, Powdery Brittlegill, Hairy Curtain Crust, Turkeytail, and Collared Earthstar.

A Red Campion plant was freshly in flower in December.



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A morning on Newchurch Common.

I thought that my fungus walks were over but I had a good walk this morning. A few new species were added and other nice specimens photographed.

New for the patch were Common Jellyspot Fungus (Dacrymyces stillatus) and Frosty Bonnet (Mycena adscendens), both near Small Pool. Also new was a clump of Glistening Inkcaps (Coprinellus micaceus) near Big Pool.

Seen before but recorded today were Common Rustgill, Spectacular Rustgill, Hoof Fungus and Coral Spot Fungus (all Gull Pool Wood), Iodine Bonnet (Small Pool), Common Puffball and Blushing Bracket (both Big Pool), Collared Earthstar and Upright Coral Fungus (both Shemmy Moss) and Sulphur Tuft (Whitegate Way).

The Springtail Dictyrtomina ornata (probable) was seen on the Coral Spot Fungus in Gull Pool Wood.



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Lapwing Hall Pool Chelford

The lunchtime sunshine tempted a single male Common Darter dragonfly into flight.

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A morning visit to Newchurch Common.

Fungi are getting scarcer now but a new species seen was Saffron Oysterling (Crepidotus crocophyllus) to the NE of Big Pool.

A Clouded Funnel was still present NE of Big Pool. Also seen was Ribbed Bell on the mossy meadow E.of Big Pool.

A new plant was Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) in flower NE of Big Pool.

 



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A visit this morning to Newchurch Common produced a very late Common Darter dragonfly, flying near the entrance blocks.

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A single Water Vole was seen swimming across the River Alt, alongside the reserve.

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Moore NR

A single Red Admiral butterfly seen on bushes alongside Pumphouse Flash at lunchtime.

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A couple of visits to Newchurch Common concentrated on birds this time!!

A couple of bits. A new fungus on the dungheap north of Big Pool, a Wrinkled Field Cap (Agrocybe rivlosa). Also on the dung was a Tarzetta sp. fungus, a tiny cup which may have bee impossible even with microscopy!

Other fungi seen before but photographed today included Common Dung Cup, Hare's Foot Inkcap and Witches Butter. A Suillia fungus feeding fly was again seen and photographed.



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Another sunny morning walk on Newchurch Common.

A new insect was added in the shape of a tiny 1mm Springtail, most likely Dicyrtoma fusca, with several seen feeding on fungi on Shemmy Moss and by Big Pool. Also seen were 3 Common Darter dragonflies still, all by Shemmy Moss.

My fungi hunting produced another 5 new species. The best was Frosty Webcap (Cortinarius hemitrichus) on Shemmy Moss, an occasional UK species according to the web. All the other new species were also on Shemmy Moss : Common Rustgill (Gymnophilus penetrans), Conifer Tuft (Hypholoma caproides), Mountain Brownie (Deconica montana) and Jelly Rot Fungus (Phlebia tremellosa).

Fungi photographed but seen previously were Ribbed Bell on the wet area of Shemmy Moss, Blushing Bracket of the non-red form by Small Pool, and by Big Pool very mature Common Puffballs by Big Pool and Witches Butter.

Early stage Common Spangle Gall Wasp galls were photographed on dead oak leaves by Small Pool.



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Wednesday 9th of November 2022 09:50:43 PM

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Another morning walk on Newchurch Common for fungi.

On Sandy Lane a previously seen mushroom had been 'kicked' over so I collected it and the size and odour of aniseed confirmed ID as Horse Mushroom (Agaricus arvensis), my first confirmed on patch and one to be consumed in the near future! Other new species were Pipe Club (Macrotyphula fistulosa) north of Big Pool, Fairy Inkcap (Coprinellus disseminatus) near Big Pool Island Cut and Small Moss Oysterling (Arrhenia retiruga) in the same area.

Other repeat finds included a new huge stand of Wrinkled Club north of Big Pool and Variable Oysterlings everywhere!



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Another morning at Newchurch Common, again mainly for fungi.

A long-wanted find was a beautiful Parrot Waxcap (Hygrocybe psittacina), east of Big Pool in my 'waxcap corner' which has produced 4 species of waxcaps this year - amazing!! Also new in the same area was Earthy Powdercap (Cystoderma amianthinum). Very close by a regular find was photographed again, Blushing Bracket with Angels Bonnet re-photographed just a few metres away from the bracket fungi.



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Chelford Sand Quarries

Singles of Common Darter dragonflies seen at Mere Farm Pools and Lapwing Hall Pool.

Several caddis flies (Similar to Anabolia nervosa) seen around Lapwing Hall Pool.



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A walk on my patch Newchurch Common this am., amazing sunshine, warm too.

A total of 8 Common Darters were seen, all around Shemmy Moss.

A Common Drone Fly hoverfly was on ragwort on Shemmy Moss. Two more invertebrates were in Gull Pool Wood, namely Common Shiny Woodlouse and Black Millipede.

The usual fungus walk added four species to my list of photographed fungi over the last 3 weeks. These were Witches Broom (Taphrina betulina), an ever present common site all over the patch, Dwarf Bell (Galerina pumila) near Big Pool, Dark Honey Fungus (Armillaria ostoyae) near Big Pool and Common Stump Brittlestem (Psathyrella pililiformis) in Gull Pool Wood.

Other species photographed but recorded previously were Candlesnuff, Birch Polypore, Purple Jellydisc and Hairy Curtain Crust.



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Last night's moth trapping in my garden produced a Cheshire (and lots of other places) rarity - Scarce Bordered Straw, a rare migrant moth which is only recorded a few times a year here and had zero sightings for 10 years between 2005-2015 in Cheshire. Understandably it was a lifer moth for me!



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An afternoon walk at Newchurch Common for Fungi again, again with company!

We had a great search finding at least 8 new species for the patch this year. These were firstly by the entrance track of Newchurch Common ; Wrinkled Club (Clavulina rugosa), then near Big Pool ; Grass Oysterling (Crepidotus epibryus) and Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata), by the Whitegate Way ; Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea), Oak Milkcap (Lactarius quietus) and Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis), and at Shemmy Moss ; Earthfan (Thelephora terrestris) and Common Fieldcap (Agrocybe pediades).

Others found, but seen previously, and photographed were: by Small Pool ; Powdery Brittlegill, Angel's Bonnet and Clouded Funnel, by the Whitegate Way ; The Miller, The Deceiver and Candlesnuff, and on Shemmy Moss ; The Sickener.

A Common Darter dragonfly was also seen on Shemmy Moss.



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3 Red Admiral butterflies were still to be seen, showing a keen interest in the few remaining buddlela flowers.

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On Newchurch this afternoon whilst showing a guest some fungi I found two new ones : Ivory Bonnet (Mycena flavoalba), E.of Big Pool, and Egghead Mottlegill (Panaeolus semiovatus) on the dung heap.

Nearby in our horse paddocks at Foxwist Green I found a nice group of Golden Waxcaps (Hygrocybe chlorophana).



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A short walk this afternoon at Newchurch Common concentrated on fungi again.

New species are getting harder to find so it was nice to add Mycena pseudocorticola, a tiny bluish fungus on a moss covered tree, and Slender Club (Macrotyphula juncea) a fungus growing like stems of fine grass from the leaf litter. Both species were tiny and could have easily been overlooked. A new slime mould was added, Dog Sick Slime Mould (Mucilago crustacea) on grass N.of Big Pool, a white slime mould not to be confused with the yellow Dog Vomit Slime Mould that grows on bark.

In the meadow E.of Big Pool lots of waxcaps still thrived, of the three species already recorded, Snowy Waxcap, Butter Waxcap and Blackening Waxcap. Other species seen and photographed that had been seen before included a lovely specimen of  Grooved Bonnet, Upright Coral Fungus, Candlesnuff Fungus and Shaggy Parasol. One of the commonest species now seen is Clouded Funnel.



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Whixall Moss Shropshire Early afternoon

Despite a strong Westerly blowing 4m Common and 1m Black Darter dragonflies were seen around pools

near the mossland weather station.

The Black Darter was having an aerial tussle with one the Common males.

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Another fungal walk on Newchurch Common this morning added a few more species including a fab lifer.

The highlight was a patch of at least 20 Butter Waxcaps, a new species for me anywhere, just E.of Big Pool. In the same area my first 8 Blackening Waxcaps of the year were seen. North of Big Pool I found Crystal Brain Fungus (Exidia nucleata) and Witches Butter (Tremella mesenterica). A tiny 1mm high Orange Bonnet (Mycena acicula) was new for me too, again N.of Big Pool). Netted Crust (Byssomerulius corium) was new and was N.of Big Pool. Coral Spot (Nectria cinnabarina) was another new species and N.of Big Pool again.

Repeat sightings, all near Big Pool, included Variable Oysterling, Parasol, Shaggy Parasol, Clouded Funnel and White Fibercap.

A nice patch of the small white slime mould Diderma effusum was found on the dung heap N.of Big Pool. This is either scarce or under recorded, so was a great discovery and a lifer for me.

Hoary Rosette Lichen (Physcia aipolia) was new for me, and was on gorse N.of Big Pool.

A Hornet was seen, which is always nice.

 



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John Williams wrote:

I'm pretty sure this the caterpillar of the Yellow-tail Moth, but please correct if I'm wrong?.


 Looks like Knot Grass moth caterpillar, John.



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Burtonwood (Arable fields just to the North of the M62) Midday

Very few insects were seen, mainly just the occasional bee visiting the few remaining flowers.

However 3 Stonechats were seen performing numerous aerial fly catching sorties from a bramble patch near

Dial Post Farm.

In the same area I found the caterpillar shown below, also on brambles, near hawthorns alongside an overgrown pond.

I'm pretty sure this the caterpillar of the Yellow-tail Moth, but please correct if I'm wrong?.

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Chelford (Cheshire) Former Sand Quarries.

Butterflies : 1 Painted Lady (Mere Farm Pools) and 1 Comma (Lapwing Hall Pool).

Dragonflies : 1 Southern Hawker (North side of Lapwing Hall Pool) and 1 Migrant Hawker (West side of Lapwing Hall Pool).

Numerous Common Darters seen along the paths both at Mere Farm pools and around the Lapwing Lane area.

1 Hornet seen by the path on the North side of Lapwing Hall Pool.

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Working a couple of days but Sunday off for another fungi hunt at Newchurch Common this morning. New species becoming harder to find, but still managed a few today!

My new species were : North of Big Pool on a dung heap ; Common Dung Cup (Peziza vesiculosa), Hare's Foot Inkcap (Coprinopsis lagopus) and Petticoat Mottlegill (Panaeolus papilionaceus), near Big Pool ; Tan Pinkgill (Rhodocybe gemina), Angel's Bonnet (Mycena arcangeliana) and Crystal Brain Fungus (Exidia nucleata), near Small Pool ; Dark Honey Fungus (Armillaria ostoyae), and in the horse fields off Novia Scotia Lane  Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes), Conical Brittlestem (Psathyrella conopilus) and Field Mushroom (Agaricus campestris).

Also photographed were a nice stand of 6 Collared Earthstars (Geastrum triplex) near Finch Hedge and The Miller (Clitopilus prunulus) in the horse fields off Nova Scotia Lane.

Wolf's Milk Slime Mould (Lycogala epidendrum) was seen and photographed near Big Pool.

Honey Bees, Marmalade Hoverflies and Tapered Droneflies were nectaring on Ivy flowers in the sunshine.



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Another morning fungi-ing on my Newchurch Common patch.

Several new species photographed again, these were : In Gull Pool Wood ; Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva), Powdery Brittlegill (Russula parazurea), Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides) and Spotted Toughshank (Rhodocollybia maculata), by Abbot's Moss ; The Flirt (Russula vesca), Ribbed Bell (Galerina clavata), The Sickener (Russula emetica), Upright Coral Fungus (Ramaria stricta) and Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex), and near Big Pool ; Coral Spot (Nectria cinnabarina).

Ones seen recently and photographed today were : In Gull Pool Wood ; lots of Bay Boletes (Boletus badius) and lots of False Chantarelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca), on Abbot's Moss ; Black Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus), The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata), Clouded Funnel (Clitacybe nebularis) and innumerable Brown Birch Boletes (Leccinum scabrum), and by Small Pool and the mosses Bolete Eater (Hypomyces chrysospermus).

A Dock Bug nymph was also seen on Shemmy Moss.



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Many thanks for confirming the ID of the caterpillar Lez.

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Tatton Park. (Midday)

Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral.

Also the caterpillar in the photo attached was found below an oak tree, can anyone please confirm the species?.


 Hi John, looks like a 'Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar'. Beautiful markings - a lot of caterpillars are nicer marked than the moth itself.

 



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Another morning on Newchurch Common looking for fungi.

New species were found, near Big Pool ; Bay Bolete (Boletus badia), Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum), Weeping Widow (Lacrymaria lacrymabunda) and The Miller (Clitopilus prunulus), in Gull Pool Wood ; Pale Bramble Rust (Kuehneola uredinis), Scurfy Deceiver (Laccaria proxima), Spectacular Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius) and Grooved Bonnet (Mycena polygramma), and near Small Pool ; Nitrous Bonnet (Mycena leptocephala).

Other species photographed were, near Big Pool ; Aniseed Toadstool (Clitocybe odora), in Gull Pool Wood ; Brown Rollrim (Paxillus involutus), Hoof Bracket (Fomes fomentarius), Common Bonnet (Mycena galericulata) and Blushing Bracket (Daedaleopsis confragosa),and near Small Pool ; Birch Polypore (Formitopsis betulina).

The galls of Spangle Gall Wasp (Neuroterus quercusbaccarum) were on dead oak leaves near Small Pool.

A small Raspberry Slime Mould (Tubifera ferruginosa) was in Gull Pool Wood.

 



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Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral.

Also the caterpillar in the photo attached was found below an oak tree, can anyone please confirm the species?.

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Yet another fungal foray on Newchurch Common this am, dry and bright.

Had a bumper day with several new species found. These were Birch Milkcap (Lactarius tabidus), Blueing Bracket (Postia subcaesia), Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis), Dead Moll's Fingers (Xylaria longipes), Green Brittlegill (Russula aeruginea), Lilac Fibrecap (Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina), Veiled Oyster (Pleurotus dryinus), Variable Brittlegill (Russula versicolor) and Blackfoot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus). New for the year was The Deceiver (Laccaria laccata). Other ones photographed but seen before in 2022 included Blusher (Amanita rubescens), Brown Rollrim (Paxillus involutus), Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), Candlesnuff (Xylaria hypoxylon), Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), Iodine Bonnet (Mycena filpoes), Parasol (Macrolepiota procera), Poison Pie (Hebeloma crustuliniforme), Red Cracking Bolete (Xerocomellus chrysenteron) and Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare).

Also seen was the ground lichen Peltigera hymenina.

If anyone is interested in joining me on a fungal stroll just private message me and if free I'll gladly show folk around.



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Brockholes LWT Reserve 11.00-15.30

Butterflies : 4 Red Admirals and 1 Small White.

Dragonflies : Still a few Migrant Hawker and Common Darters around, especially by the path alongside No1 Pit.

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