The British Mycological Society held their annual foray in County Fermanagh in October 2000. This foray, part subsidised by Environment & Heritage Service was the first BMS foray in Northern Ireland since 1964 and first ever west of the Bann. Up to 60 people attended at various times in the week and we were all based at Lusty Beg Island in Lower Lough Erne. This wonderful site (mycologically and accommodation wise) had a large ballroom that was converted into a lab. 

The records have now arrived and the results have been amazing. Almost 1000 species were recorded with, we think, 325 species new to Northern Ireland and 167 new to Ireland. The results are now included in the atlas. Of the species recorded, the breakdown of species recorded was:

PHYLUM

No. Species

Acrasiomycota

1

Anamorphic fungi

11

Ascomycota

155

Basidiomycota

688

Myxomycota

101

Zygomycota

1

Or in more detail...

PHYLUM

ORDER

No. Species

Acrasiomycota

Acrasiales

1

Anamorphic fungi

11

Ascomycota

Arthoniales

1

Ascomycota

Diaporthales

1

Ascomycota

Diatrypales

8

Ascomycota

Dothideales

10

Ascomycota

Erysiphales

19

Ascomycota

Hypocreales

9

Ascomycota

Incertae sedis

1

Ascomycota

Lecanorales

5

Ascomycota

Leotiales

46

Ascomycota

Ostropales

3

Ascomycota

Peltigerales

2

Ascomycota

Pertusariales

2

Ascomycota

Pezizales

24

Ascomycota

Rhytismatales

3

Ascomycota

Sordariales

4

Ascomycota

Taphrinales

4

Ascomycota

Xylariales

13

Basidiomycota

Agaricales

328

Basidiomycota

Auriculariales

1

Basidiomycota

Boletales

23

Basidiomycota

Cantharellales

33

Basidiomycota

Cortinariales

113

Basidiomycota

Dacrymycetales

5

Basidiomycota

Exobasidiales

1

Basidiomycota

Ganodermatales

2

Basidiomycota

Gomphales

1

Basidiomycota

Hericiales

1

Basidiomycota

Hymenochaetales

7

Basidiomycota

Lycoperdales

12

Basidiomycota

Phallales

1

Basidiomycota

Platygloeales

1

Basidiomycota

Poriales

27

Basidiomycota

Russulales

63

Basidiomycota

Schizophyllales

2

Basidiomycota

Sclerodermatales

3

Basidiomycota

Stereales

39

Basidiomycota

Thelephorales

1

Basidiomycota

Tremellales

9

Basidiomycota

Uredinales

15

Myxomycota

Ceratiomyxales

2

Myxomycota

Echinosteliales

5

Myxomycota

Liceales

28

Myxomycota

Physarales

31

Myxomycota

Stemonitales

19

Myxomycota

Trichiales

16

Zygomycota

Mucorales

1

 

 

 

 

  John Weir hard at work

 

 

                         The ballroom/lab at Lusty Beg

 

To give an idea of what were the most important associated species, this table ranks the top 25 species in order of times recorded :

Association

Common Name

No Records

Fagus sylvatica

Beech

401

Poaceae

grasses

341

Quercus

Oak spp.

281

Corylus avellana

Hazel

254

Betula

Birch spp.

220

Angiospermae

202

Musci

Mosses

133

Quercus petraea

Sessile Oak

132

Fraxinus excelsior

Ash

122

Betula pubescens

Downy Birch

86

Alnus glutinosa

Alder

82

Picea

Spruce spp.

65

Salix

Willow spp.

61

Acer pseudoplatanus

Sycamore

39

Picea abies

Norway Spruce

35

Aesculus hippocastanum

Horse-chestnut

31

Alnus

Alder spp.

30

Coniferae

Conifers

28

Ilex aquifolium

Holly

23

Rubus fruticosus agg.

Bramble

19

Quercus robur

Pedunculate Oak

17

Tilia

Lime spp.

15

Pinus sylvestris

Scots Pine

14

Salix cinerea subsp. oleifolia

a Willow

14

Urtica dioica

Common Nettle

14

Pinus

Pine spp.

13

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