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
here for interesting finds for 2003
here for interesting finds between January - August 2001
here for interesting finds between September- December 2001
- The first year of the EHS Waxcap Survey of Northern Ireland
struggled with the poor year, but still some good finds were made. Hygrocybe
laeta var. flava, Entoloma cyaneoviridescens, the purple Paecilomyces
marquandii on the gills of Hygrocybe virginea and Conocybe
pubescens were all new records to Ireland found by Liz Holden. Roy
Anderson also found Rigidiporous ulmarius and Hiericium
cirrhatum, the latter new to Northern Ireland.
- On a Halloween holiday in a wet Co.Kerry, I had some good finds
including Lactarius violescens and Cortinarius sanguineus
from the wonderful Muckross Woods and Agaricus bernardii from
near Eyeries in Co.Cork.
- From the last NIFG forays of 2002, despite the poor season, there
were good finds. The highlights of these were Leucoagaricus
badhamii, Leucocoprinus cepaestipes, Rhodocybe gemina (all new
records to Ireland) and masses of earthstars (both Geastrum triplex
and Geastrum striatum) all from Belvedere Demesne in
Co.Westmeath. 2002 was really the year of the earthstars.
- Tricholomas can be hard to find in Northern Ireland. There are a
few species that are found commonly like T.album, T.fulvum,
T.sciodes, T.saponaceum, T.stiparophyllum (pseudoalbum),
T.sulphurescens and T.ustale, but other than these, they
are quite notable finds. The Flora Neerlandica Vol 4 describes them as
particularly under threat due to air pollution, nitrification and
changes in forest management. So, it is good to find species like T.columbetta
(Clandeboye Estate, 28 Sep 02).
- A new site was found for Microglossum olivaceum at
Ballycastle Coalfields near Fair Head on 19 September. Hygrocybe
calyptriformis was also there with 18 other species of waxcap.
- My son, Luke, found another BAP species new to Northern Ireland,
in Donard Park. It is the hydnoid fungus, Hydnellum spongiosipes,
and was found under an old Sweet Chestnut by Donard Bridge. This was
after descending from Slieve Donard where Lactarius hysginus,
Russula pascua and another unidentified Russula were found
on the Salix herbacea (Dwarf Willow). Entoloma prunuloides was
found in the Glen River Valley above the trees which rounded off a
- A very spectacular find (now confirmed) is that of Armillaria
ectypa, a BAP species and possibly only the third record in the
British Isles. It is a honey fungus, but grows singly in Spahgnum. It
was found by Mark on the Garron Plateau.
- A spectacular find at the
Glenmore foray was
Phylloporus pelletieri, the gilled bolete. Its gills are a spectacular
bright yellow and are strongly interveined. Apart from this, it looks just like
a Boletus subtomentosus! A first for Ireland.
- St George's Mushroom, Calocybe gambosa, was fruiting away.
I have had large finds on May 2 and 5. Look among nettles and rubbishy
path edges for white mushrooms with a strong flour smell.
- Further thoughts on the Coleraine Morels. I found the site on 2
May and there were 100+ specimens fruiting in this flowerbed. Chris
observed that this flowerbed and that in Jordanstown were both newly
reworked and the mulch and wood chips were also new. The mycelia
probably came with the wood chips and it will be interesting to see if
they fruit there next year.
- An odd find for this time of year was the bright red Stropharia
aurantiaca in wood chips in a playground at Castleward on 21
- It is Morel time and there have been a few finds this year. Chris
first found Morchella elata in Coleraine town centre (13
April) in a flowerbed and then Morchella elata and esculenta
(19 April) in a flowerbed in the University of Ulster campus at
Jordanstown. A few were dried. Most were eaten.
- In early January 2002, I found Cordyceps capitata under
Beech along the Shimna River. Unfortunately, the ground was frozen
solid so I couldn't dig up the truffule (Elaphomyces sp.) that
this species was parasitising.
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