Saturday 15th May, Banagher Glen NNR, Co.Londonderry

Our first foray was attended by about twelve members and guests in the pouring rain. The glen is a delightful site of old established woodland, but did not live up to its potential - Roy Anderson led.

Ascomycetes

Bulgaria inquinans

Lachnum niveum

Aphyllophores

Daedaleopsis confragosa

Piptoporus betulinus - Birch Polypore

Trametes versicolor

Hymenochaete rubiginosa

Basidioradulum radula

Stereum hirsutum

Other Groups

Dacrymyces stillatus

Boletes and Agarics

Conocybe tenera - Brown Cone-cap

Coprinus disseminatus - Fairies' Bonnets

 

Saturday 17th July - Cleggan Lodge, Co. Antrim

The main season had begun. This was a lovely wood looking over the Braid valley towards Slemish. The foraying was good especially amongst the hazel. The best finds were Leccinum carpini and Inocybe calospora which has spiky spores unlike most Inocybe. The lovely blue fruiting bodies of Chlorociboria aeruginascens was also found on some dead wood. Usually, it is only the blue "stain" that is seen, but we have been finding the fruiting bodies a lot of late.

Myxomycetes

Lycogala epidendrum

Ascomycetes

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Scutellinia scutellata

Hypoxylon fuscum

Aphyllophores

Clavulina cristata

Clavulina rugosa

Piptoporus betulinus -Birch Polypore

Polyporus badius

Polyporus varius

Postia caesia

Trametes versicolor

Inonotus radiatus

Stereum hirsutum

Boletes and Agarics

Leccinum carpini

Pluteus cervinus - Fawn Pluteus

Conocybe brunneola

Cortinarius saniosus

Crepidotus mollis - Soft Slipper Toadstool

Crepidotus variabilis

Galerina vittiformis

Hypholoma fasciculare - Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe asterospora

Inocybe calospora

Inocybe napipes

Lepiota felina

Panaeolus sphinctrinus - Hoop-petticoat Fungus

Stropharia semiglobata - Dung Roundhead

Amanita rubescens - The Blusher

Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

Collybia butyracea - Butter Cap

Laccaria amethystea - Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata - Deceiver

Marasmiellus ramealis

Marasmius graminum

Marasmius rotula

Mycena alcalina

Mycena galopus

Mycena leptocephala

Mycena sanguinolenta

Lactarius tabidus

Russula delica - Milk-white Russula

Russula nigricans - Blackening Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Lycoperdon pyriforme - Stump Puffball

 

Saturday 7th August - Breen Wood NNR, Co. Antrim

Breen Wood NNR is one of the largest blocks of oakwood left in Northern Ireland, but the great wood- rush, Luzula sylvatica, carpets the wood. What fungi would thus be able to found? We struggled to find ectomycorrhizal fungi, but did find some good Russulas, Lactarius piperatus (only the brave tasted it) and Boletus lanatus. A couple of interesting jelly fungi were also found which still have to be confirmed. They are Dacrymyces lacrymalis and Basidiodendron caesiocinereum. One thing we did find a plenty though were midges!!

Myxomycetes

Lycogala epidendrum

Ascomycetes

Diaporthe leiphaemia

Hypoxylon confluens

Iodophanus carneus

Nectria punicea

Peziza badia

Aphyllophores

Hymenochaete cinnamonea

Piptoporus betulinus - Birch Polypore

Trametes versicolor

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Other Groups

Calocera cornea

Calocera viscosa

Dacrymyces lacrymalis

Basidiodendron cinereum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus lanatus

Paxillus involutus - Brown Roll-rim

Pluteus cervinus - Fawn Pluteus

Crepidotus mollis - Soft Slipper Toadstool

Crepidotus variabilis

Galerina vittiformis

Panaeolus sphinctrinus - Hoop-petticoat Fungus

Psathyrella candolleana

Stropharia semiglobata - Dung Roundhead

Amanita fulva - Tawny Grisette

Amanita rubescens - The Blusher

Laccaria laccata - Deceiver

Marasmius rotula

Mycena acicula

Mycena alcalina

Mycena galopus

Lactarius piperatus - Peppery Milk-cap

Lactarius quietus - Oak Milk-cap

Russula alutacea

Russula betularum

Russula cyanoxantha - The Charcoal Burner

Russula ionochlora

Russula nigricans - Blackening Russula

Gasteroid fungi

Phallus impudicus  - Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 21st August – Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Co.Armagh

A beautiful afternoon on the lower slopes of the mountain in a mixed conifer / hardwood habitat. Gerry led the foray and thought we had found a couple of rarities, but alas, there were too doubtful for inclusion. Ten of us had a splendid picnic afterwards.

Myxomycetes

Enteridium lycoperdon

Aphyllophores

Cantharellus cibarius - Chanterelle

Clavulina cristata

Heterobasidion annosum - Root Fomes

Postia caesia

Trametes versicolor

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron - Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus lanatus

Paxillus involutus - Brown Roll-rim

Entoloma conferendum

Pluteus cervinus - Fawn Pluteus

Pluteus salicinus

Coprinus disseminatus - Fairies' Bonnets

Coprinus lagopus

Hypholoma elongatum

Inocybe napipes

Panaeolus rickenii

Amanita fulva - Tawny Grisette

Amanita rubescens - The Blusher

Clitocybe fragrans

Collybia confluens - Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia dryophila - Russet Shank

Melanoleuca melaleuca

Mycena adonis

Mycena alcalina

Mycena vitilis

Lactarius quietus - Oak Milk-cap

Russula mairei - Beechwood Sickener

Russula ochroleuca - Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid fungi

Lycoperdon molle - Soft-Spined Puffball

 

Saturday 4th September – Downpatrick Area, Co. Down

A pleasant day, a good turn out, half a dozen children and many fungi! There were a number of Russula not identified due to secondary moulds the next day!

Quoile Pondage NNR

Ascomycetes

Coprobia granulata

Diatrypella quercina

Diatrype disciformis

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Xylaria hypoxylon - Candle-snuff Fungus

Aphyllophores

Hydnum repandum - Hedgehog Fungus

Daedaleopsis confragosa - Blushing Bracket

Trametes versicolor

Stereum rugosum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron - Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus spadiceus

Leccinum pulchrum

Paxillus involutus - Brown Roll-rim

Volvariella speciosa

Coprinus comatus - Shaggy Ink-cap

Hypholoma fasciculare - Sulphur Tuft

Panaeolus semiovatus

Stropharia semiglobata - Dung Roundhead

Amanita aspera

Amanita citrina - False Death Cap

Amanita excelsa

Amanita rubescens - The Blusher

Collybia butyracea - Butter Cap

Collybia confluens - Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia peronata - Wood Woolly-foot

Hygrocybe conica - Conical Wax-cap

Laccaria amethystea - Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata - Deceiver

Lactarius quietus

Russula atropurpurea - Blackish-purple Russula

Russula cyanoxantha - The Charcoal Burner

Russula cyanoxantha var. peltereaui

Russula gracillima

Russula heterophylla

Russula ionochlora

Russula laurocerasi

Russula nigricans - Blackening Russula

Russula ochroleuca - Common Yellow Russula

Russula sororia

Russula vesca - Bare-toothed Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Lycoperdon perlatum - Common Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme - Stump Puffball

 

Portulla Wood

As above. Those who stuck around for the second site of the day were rewarded with a splendid display of the Grisette, Amanita vaginata, from eggs to mature sporocarps.

Ascomycetes

Hypoxylon fuscum

Xylaria hypoxylon - Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Man's Fingers

Aphyllophores

Fistulina hepatica - Beef-steak Fungus

Stereum hirsutum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron - Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus rubellus

Paxillus involutus - Brown Roll-rim

Agaricus arvensis - Horse Mushroom

Hypholoma fasciculare - Sulphur Tuft

Macrolepiota rhacodes - Shaggy Parasol

Amanita fulva - Tawny Grisette

Amanita rubescens - The Blusher

Amanita vaginata - Grisette

Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

Laccaria laccata - Deceiver

Mycena pura

Oudemansiella mucida - Porcelain Fungus

Lactarius pyrogalus

Lactarius subdulcis

Russula atropurpurea - Blackish-purple Russula

Russula cyanoxantha - The Charcoal Burner

Russula ochroleuca - Common Yellow Russula

Russula sororia

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma verrucosum - Scaly Earthball

 

Saturday 18th September – Peatlands Park, Co.Armagh

This was our second joint foray with the Armagh Field Naturalists Club and it was one that was not for the faint hearted. It was lashing unrelenting rain, but there was a good crowd. That is addiction for you. The finds however were excellent. The pride of the day had to go to Jenny Moore who found a beautiful white Leccinum cyaneobasiliceum. This has turned out to be the first record for the British Isles, so this is a very exciting find indeed. There were some other great finds – Leccinum umbrinoides, Gomphidius roseus along with its "partner", Suillus bovinus, a host of Lactarius and Russula. After this foray, I had to go and design a new collecting basket as this one wasn’t big enough!!

Ascomycetes

Helvella lacunosa

Aphyllophores

Daedaleopsis confragosa

Other Groups

Calocera viscosa

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus badius

Chalciporus piperatus - Peppery Bolete

Leccinum cyaneobasileucum

Leccinum umbrinoides

Gomphidius roseus

Paxillus involutus - Brown Roll-rim

Suillus bovinus

Clitopilus prunulus - The Miller

Pluteus cervinus - Fawn Pluteus

Cortinarius triumphans

Gymnopilus spectabilis

Hypholoma capnoides

Hypholoma fasciculare - Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe geophylla

Inocybe posterula

Psathyrella candolleana

Amanita fulva - Tawny Grisette

Amanita muscaria - Fly Agaric

Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

Asterophora parasitica - Pick-a-back Toadstool

Clitocybe odora - Aniseed Toadstool

Collybia confluens - Clustered Tough-shank

Laccaria laccata - Deceiver

Tricholoma album

Tricholoma fulvum

Lactarius deliciosus - Saffron Milk-cap

Lactarius pubescens

Lactarius rufus - Rufous Milk-cap

Lactarius semisanguifluus

Lactarius subumbonatus

Lactarius tabidus

Lactarius plumbeus - Ugly Milk-cap

Russula betularum

Russula claroflava - Yellow Swamp Russula

Russula cyanoxantha - The Charcoal Burner

Russula nigricans - Blackening Russula

Russula ochroleuca - Common Yellow Russula

Russula sardonia var. mellina

Gasteroid fungi

Scleroderma citrinum - Common Earthball

Calvatia excipuliformis - Pestle-Shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum - Puffball

Phallus impudicus - Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 16th October, 10am – Rathlin Island, Co.Antrim

The first ever mycological visit to Rathlin was graced with grey skies and a cold wind, but thankfully no rain. Saturday was spent out on Kebble NNR at the west end of the island. The sea cliffs and it was strange for many of us to see them without the birds! Kebble turned out to be a fantastic site for Waxcaps and we found 15 in this one site making this one of our best waxcap sites. Indeed waxcaps were all over the island. The beautiful blue-green Stropharia pseudocyanea was another good find. We ventured into the only wood on the island – a coniferous plantation where the wind makes sure the trees only grow in hollows to very uneconomic heights, so a few ectomycorrhizal species were recorded. Sunday was spent at the east end of the island and wasn’t quite as rewarding. We obviously made an impression on the island as the local minibus even stopped us with a group of Americans brandishing some waxcaps they had found !

Ascomycetes

Geoglossum fallax

Coprobia granulata

Cheilomyenia fibrillosa

Rhytisma acerinum - Tar-spot Fungus

Aphyllophores

Clavaria argillacea

Clavaria fumosa

Clavulinopsis corniculata

Clavulinopsis helvola

Clavulinopsis luteoalba

Ramariopsis kunzei

Boletes and Agarics

Entoloma corvinum

Entoloma conferendum

Agaricus arvensis - Horse Mushroom

Agaricus cupreobrunneus

Agaricus macrosporus

Agaricus silvaticus

Cystoderma amianthinum

Panaeolus rickenii

Panaeolus sphinctrinus - Hoop-petticoat Fungus

Psilocybe semilanceata - Liberty Cap

Stropharia pseudocyanea

Stropharia semiglobata - Dung Roundhead

Calocybe carnea

Clitocybe nebularis - Clouded Agaric

Collybia butyracea - Butter Cap

Dermoloma cuneifolium

Hygrocybe cantharellus

Hygrocybe ceracea

Hygrocybe chlorophana

Hygrocybe coccinea - Scarlet Hood

Hygrocybe colemanniana

Hygrocybe conica - Conical Wax-cap

Hygrocybe insipida

Hygrocybe nitrata

Hygrocybe pratensis - Meadow Wax-cap

Hygrocybe psittacina - Parrot Wax-cap

Hygrocybe punicea - Crimson Wax-cap

Hygrocybe quieta

Hygrocybe reidii

Hygrocybe russocoriacea

Hygrocybe unguinosa

Hygrocybe virginea

Oudemansiella mucida - Porcelain Fungus

Lactarius deterrimus

Russula queletii

Gasteroid fungi

Lycoperdon lividum - Grassland Puffball

Lycoperdon nigrescens - Blackish Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum - Common Puffball

Calvatia utriformis - Mosaic Puffball

 

Saturday 13th November, Blessingbourne Estate, Fivemiletown, Co.Fermanagh

The final foray of the millennium was in the interesting woods of Blessingbourne, a UWT reserve. The first signs of winter were there with the first Scarlet Elf Cap, Sarcoscypha austriaca of the year. Among the most notable finds was that of Lactarius fluens, the first record for it in Ireland. It is not that surprising however as it probably has always been mistaken for L.blennius. There was also a bracket on a fallen coniferous log, which has to be confirmed. I think it Onnia triquester, which would be a first record for Ireland as well! Our thoughts still however go out to Peg’s dog who braved a wasp attack and a curious Great Dane. As someone said, if it ever sees a fungus again, it will run a mile!

Ascomycetes

Ascocoryne sarcoides

Bulgaria inquinans

Leotia lubrica

Nectria cinnabarina - Coral-spot Fungus

Sarcoscypha austriaca

Rhytisma acerinum - Tar-spot Fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon - Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Man's Fingers

Aphyllophores

Cantharellus tubiformis var. lutescens

Clavulina cinerea

Heterobasidion annosum - Root Fomes

Piptoporus betulinus - Birch Polypore

Polyporus squamosus - Dryad's Saddle

Trametes versicolor

Trichaptum abietinum

Ganoderma adspersum

Phlebia merismoides

Stereum hirsutum

Other Groups

Hirneola auricula-judae - Jew's Ear

Exidia thuretiana

Calocera viscosa

Boletes and Agarics

Suillus bovinus

Coprinus atramentarius - Common Ink-cap

Coprinus lagopus

Crepidotus mollis - Soft Slipper Toadstool

Gymnopilus penetrans

Gymnopilus spectabilis

Hypholoma sublateritium - Brick Caps

Psathyrella candolleana 

Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

Clitocybe nebularis - Clouded Agaric

Collybia butyracea - Butter Cap

Collybia confluens - Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia peronata - Wood Woolly-foot

Lepista inversa - Tawny Funnel Cap

Tricholoma scalpturatum

Lactarius blennius - Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius fluens

Lactarius glyciosmus - Coconut-scented Milk-cap

Lactarius quietus - Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius subdulcis

Lactarius tabidus

Lactarius torminosus - Woolly Milk-cap

Russula cyanoxantha - The Charcoal Burner

Russula mairei - Beechwood Sickener

Russula ochroleuca - Common Yellow Russula

Russula xerampelina

Gasteroid Fungi

Lycoperdon perlatum - Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme - Stump Puffball

 

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