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Photos from our recent volunteer day

Our volunteers day on Portway Hill on the 20th October was very productive. We cleared all of the grass and bramble debris piled up from the previous volunteers day and even managed to find a few new fungi for the Portway Hill site. The reason for removing all arisings from the site is to reduce soil fertility which should in time increase the diversity of the wild flowers and insects found here.

Here are some photos of before, during and after the volunteers’ hard work, as well as lots of lovely fungi!

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Look out for fungi and slime moulds!

As autumn approaches fungi and slime moulds are now appearing on the hillside. Look out for more as you walk across the hills this autumn and send us your photographs. Here are three that we’ve spotted so far:

Dog Sick Slime Mould (Mucilago crustacea) on dead grass stems (image © Mike Poulton)

Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) (image © Mike Poulton)

Pestle Puffball (Handkea excipuliformis) (image © Mike Poulton)

Earth Tongue fungi on the Rowley Hills

Some more interesting fungi have been spotted on the Rowley Hills recently, and their appearance this late in the year is undoubtedly due to the unseasonably mild weather we’ve been having. These are Earth Tongues, which are important indicators of nutrient-poor grasslands of high value for nature. They normally appear during October and November, and from their appearance it’s obvious where their name comes from! There are several similar-looking species and the shape of this one suggests it is a Trichoglossum; it’s not possible to make a more accurate identification without a microscope.

Earth Tongue (Trichoglossum) (image © Mike Poulton)

Earth Tongue (Trichoglossum) (image © Mike Poulton)

Earth Tongue (Trichoglossum) (image © Mike Poulton)

Earth Tongue (Trichoglossum) (image © Mike Poulton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even at this time of year, nature still holds surprises – there is always something interesting to see! Click here to read a bit more about Earth Tongues.

Fungal fiesta!

There are some amazing fungi out on the Rowley Hills at the moment! These photos were taken by Mike Poulton last week. We’re not great on fungi identification so if you know what any of these are, please let us know. And if you’ve seen any interesting fungi, plants or other wildlife on the Rowley Hills recently, get in touch!