This page highlights interesting records made not just on
NIFG forays from January 2001- August 2001. So if you have any good finds, please send
them to me. This could include any records in Ireland, not just Northern
here for interesting finds for 2003
here for interesting finds in 2002
here for interesting finds between September- December 2001
- On the Learmount Foray (11 August), two good finds were Russula
queletii and Pholiota flammans the latter of which is illustrated here.
- Russula cessans was found in People's Park in Ballymena on
8 August under Scots Pine.
- I am currently going through many of my unidentified finds from
last year. There have been some good species including Russula
faginea from Ormeau Park, Belfast, Russula cremeoavellana
from Barnetts Park also in Belfast, Lactarius sphagneti from
the conifer plantation by the Carricklittle Track in the Mourne
Mountains and Lepiota ventriosospora from Muckros Wood in
- Amanita submembranacea: This Amanita was found in
the Tober Mhuire Monastery wood in Crossgar beside the Ulster Wildlife
Trust Centre on 1 August by David. It is recognized by its brown cap,
long striations and friable grey volva. It is one of the first records
in Ireland for this species. (the pink tinge to the gills is an
artefact of the scan!)
- Agrocybe praecox: Strangely this is the first record for
Northern Ireland (2 June 2001). It was in wood chips in a flowerbed at
Bloomfields Shopping Centre in Bangor and is probably commonly found
in June. Look out for it now and send any records of it to me.
- Verpa conica: A second
record for this rare Ascomycete within a couple of weeks! It was found
by Dr John Faulkner in a garden in Loughgall on composted bark in the
same garden as Disciotis
venosa was found.
- Russula amethystina. This is an older record from Roy
Anderson recently confirmed. It was growing on peat in the Peatlands
Country Park. The cap was a purplish brown with large pale yellow
areas in the depression in the centre. It is very close to Russula
turci, but turci is usually found on alkaline soils under
pine or spruce and the Peatlands is certainly not alkaline!
- Verpa conica: This is possibly the first Irish record and
was found by Mark Wright in Portstewart Dunes on May 2nd. It is often
found associated with Hawthorn, but seems to be found in a lot of
different habitat types including sand dunes.
- Disciotis venosa : This is a very
characteristic spring ascomycete, a cup fungus with strong veining on
the upper surface that smells very strongly of chlorine. Chris Stretch
found this at the entrance to Downhill in Co.Londonderry on Sunday
29th April. Cave Hill is the only other site for this species so far
in Northern Ireland.
- Hygrocybe lacmus : Windy Gap (J286735), Belfast Hills, 3 December
2000 found by Roy Anderson; several, in clumps of sheep's fescue with Calluna;
cattle-grazed grassy sward at 330m. altitude facing
Belfast. This is the first record in Northern Ireland and was confirmed by
David Boertmann. There is one old record for H.lacmus from the Republic,
but this could have been H.lacmus or H.flavipes which is more
common. This species is a very good indicator of unfertilised grassland.
- Roy has also been finding a number of new Irish
records of Ascomycetes in this very productive Spring: including several
Nectria's - cucurbitula, pinea (both found on
pine), magnusiana (on Sphaeriales), ditissima
(on Beech); some lovely little cup fungi - Dasyscyphus
(now Capitotricha) bicolor (on Oak twigs), Lachnellula
pseudofarinacea (Scots pine); even the disco which
lives on stromatized haws - Monilinia
- Chris Stretch found Dumontinia
(Sclerotina) tuberosa, the
cup fungus that is attached to the roots of Wood Anemone at the Roe Valley
Country Park on the 22nd of April. Look out for this lovely species in bare
patches amongst the Wood Anemone. It has a very tough "root" that
joins many of the fruiting bodies together. It has not been found often here
at all despite hunts for it.
- Tarzetta cupularis. Found
in Crawfordsburn Country Park on 25th April 2001 by my six
year old daughter on a school trip. This attractive cup fungus
is also rarely recorded in Northern Ireland, but is also
probably overlooked as it is often found early in the year.
- Morchella (Mitrophora)
semilibera. This morel was
found under a gooseberry bush in Loughgall and is commonly found
in gardens in April and early May. This find caused a
reexamination of other morel records and we now know it has been
found three times in Northern Ireland. It and the other morels
have to be more common, so if anyone sees any, please contact
us. They are one of the most edible sorts and cost a lot of
money if bought in a delicatessan. However there are look alikes
like Gyromitra esculenta and look carefully before
- Peziza cerea March 15
2001, found by Fiona Maitland in her garage in Ballyclare. This brown
cup fungus was found on mortar in the garage. It was 3.5cms across and
has a small stipe (stem) sometimes buried in the substrate. There is
another species, Peziza domiciliana,
that is also found in similar situtions, but this has warty spores.
The spores of Peziza cerea are smooth. What is it doing there?
It likes the lime in the mortar and a spot of damp. Beware the
brickwork? This is the first record of this species in Northern
Ireland, but this is a little surprising as it is reasonably common in
GB. It is probably under-recorded.
brumale, the Winter Stalk Puffball. Found
by Roy Anderson in December 2000 at Killard
NNR in County Down. This is the first time this species has been found
in Northern Ireland and is rare but is found on sandy coastal soils.
cyaneobasileucum, found by Jenny Moore
under Birch at Peatlands
Park in September 1999. This was a beautiful specimen in perfect
condition. The cap was 9cms diameter, white with rusty
tinges. After some hours, definite slate blue tones were visible from the
margin, but not in the centre. The margin was not appendiculate. The stipe
was white with white scabers darkening after handling. It was blue-green at
base and where damaged. The flesh was white and very
slowly (~20 minutes) turned a very faint pink. After 1 hour, it was
blue-green in centre of stipe. The cap cuticle
disarticulated strongly and was of type B2.
- Russula anatina. Found at Barnett's Park, Belfast on
25 August 1992 by Roy Anderson. It was found in grass under a dying sycamore
sapling but also near oak Quercus robur, by the main
driveway. The cap was pale ochre at the centre to silvery blue-grey at
edges, underlain with soft pinkish-silvery pigment, the cuticle split near
the margin to give a mottled effect with the underlying pinkish colour.
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