These pages highlight interesting records made not just on NIFG forays. So if you have any good finds, please send them to me. This could include any records in Ireland, not just Northern Ireland. 

Click here for interesting finds between January - August 2001

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  • On our last foray of the year, our best find was Russula curtipes under Beech in Redburn Country Park. This is its first Irish record. 
 
  • On a Halloween trip to Kerry, I had a few notable finds including Entoloma prunuloides high on Seefin Mountain and Melanoleuca cinereifolia in the embryo dunes right out at the tip of Rossbehy dunes.

Melanoleuca cinereifolia Copyright David Mitchel

  • Hygrocybe vitellina, a rare upland species was found on the summit of Slemish in Co.Antrim along with Geoglossum glutinosum. This is another reasonable waxcap site as 14 species including H.splendidissima and H.punicea were found.
 
  • Barnett's Park continues to prove that it is a good site for fungi. In the grassland, the BAP species, Microglossum olivaceum and the very rare (in NI) but spectacular Clavaria zollingeri were found by Mark. Clavaria zollingeri has only been recorded once before in NI, back in 1948 at Clandeboye Estate.
 
  • On a revisit to Cleggan Wood on 11 October, there were a number of interesting finds including our first Biodiversity Action Plan stipitate fungus, Hydnellum concrescens (see below), Cortinarius largus, Inocybe praetervisa, Amanita submembranacea, Crepidotus cesatii, Pleurotus pulmonarius. The grassland above the wood turned out to be an excellent waxcap site with 18 species of Hygrocybe recorded including splendidissima, punicea and nitrata. This site immediately ranks highly in Northern Ireland.

Hydnellum concrescens Copyright David Mitchel

 
  • We had our second find of Leccinum cyaneobasileucum at the Peatlands Park on 28 September while being filmed by Ulster Television for the forthcoming (March/April 2002) series "Endangered". Thus there will be close up shots of me and a presenter lying on the ground examining this rare bolete. Not to be missed. Here the blue tinges that develop around the cap margin after a number of hours are not clear, but were to be seen holding it in certain angles against the light.

Leccinum cyaneobasileucum Copyright David Mitchel

  • Rhizina undulata was found in Cairn Wood, Co.Down under Scots Pine on 23/9/01. 
 
  • At the NICSA training course in Derrygonnelly, Co.Fermanagh (September 20-21), there were some good finds including Lactarius fuliginosus, Pseudocraterellus sinuosus and Inocybe bongardii from Correl Glen NNR, but from Knockmore Hill, we found Hygrocybe substrangulata, a probable new Irish record. Also on Knockmore Hill were good populations of Cortinarius croceus. It has been said that this is the only Cortinarius that doesn't have an ectomycorrhizal partner, but interestingly a noticeable common denominator at all the fruiting locations was Thyme. Could this be its partner?
 
  • Two more new records for Hygrocybe calyptriformis: One for Kebble nature Reserve on Rathlin Island, Co.Antrim and the other for a very small front garden in Bangor, Co.Down.
 
  • At Straidkilly Wood in Co.Antrim, Lactarius britannicus and Russula urens were found on 11/9/01. Lactarius britannicus is described as a synonym of L.fulvissimus in The Fungi of Northern Europe Vol 2 (Heilmann-Clausen et al), but I prefer Basso's interpretation of L.fulvissimus in Fungi Europaei. This species is quite different as can be seen below.

Lactarus britannicus Copyright David Mitchel

 

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