Saturday 20th May, Glenarm Wood, Co.Antrim

Myxomycetes

Lycogala epidendrum

Ascomycetes

Bulgaria inquinans

Cudoniella clavus

Hypoxylon fuscum

Rhytisma acerinum - Tar Spot Fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon - Candle Snuff Fungus

Aphyllophoroid Fungi

Daedaleopsis confragosa - Blushing Bracket

Piptoporus betulinus - Birch Polypore

Phellinus ferreus

Stereum hirsutum

Boletes and Agarics

Bolbitius vitellinus

Gasteroid Fungi

Geastrum pectinatum

Lycoperdon pyriforme

 

Saturday 29th July, Rams Island, Co.Antrim

Rams Island in Lough Neagh is a strange place. About 3kms long, but very narrow, it is now totally bedecked in trees and has an almost jungle feel. There is the ruin of a round tower and Lord O'Neill's hunting lodge on the main "ridge" of the island which features the largest trees. Walnut, Sycamore, Scots Pine, Lime and Beech were all planted along this ridge and then the outside of the island was dominated by Alder and Willow which have colonised since the Lough lowerings. We were very lucky to have with us one the last residents of the island, now 83 years old. She had left in 1936 and this was her first visit for 40 years and she was surprised how overgrown it had become. She told how they had lived on homegrown potatoes, bean and peas and fresh fish every day. Maybe this was why she was still so fit!

In terms of fungi, it was still very dry and most of the things that we found were on wood. The huge amounts of Jew's Ear, Hirneola auricula-judae and the bracket, Phellinus igniarius, were the most interesting features, but the oddest record was a young specimen of Inonotus dryadeus on a Lime tree. This is nearly always on Oak so this was a surprise. 

 

Ascomycetes

Nectria cinnabarina   Coral-spot Fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon  Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria longipes

Xylaria polymorpha   Dead Man's Fingers

Aphyllophoroid Fungi

Hirneola auricula-judae  Jew's Ear

Daedaleopsis confragosa  Blushing Bracket

Polyporus squamosus  Dryad's Saddle

Ganoderma australe

Inonotus dryadeus

Inonotus radiatus

Phellinus igniarius

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Trametes hirsuta

Trametes versicolor

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron

Armillaria mellea  Honey Fungus

Collybia butyracea  Butter Cap

Coprinus atramentarius  Common Ink-cap

Crepidotus mollis   Soft Slipper Toadstool

Galerina mutabilis

Marasmius rotula

Pluteus cervinus   Fawn Pluteus

Pluteus salicinus 

Gasteroid Fungi

Calvatia excipuliformis   Pestle-Shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme   Stump Puffball

 

Saturday 12th August - Sunday 13th August, Russula Workshop, Peatlands Park

We were very lucky to have Geoff Kibby over as part of the Millennium Pioneers projects. Geoff gave us a fascinating insight into the genus Russula. We had a foray first thing on the Saturday on which we found the list below and the rest of the time was spent pouring down our microscopes looking for fuchsinophile hyphae and dermatocystidia stained with sulphovanillin. That sounds a bit daunting, but the best thing about the workshop was it was all explained and demonstrated so well, this was no problem! We had a new Irish record, Russula pulchella, from the foray and Arlette brought in two more new Irish records, Agaricus macrocarpa and Boletus communis from Whiteabbey. These latter two species however are probably common, but are being found due to new taxonomic work. From Roy Anderson's collection came two very interesting Russula records, Russula anatina, a new British record and Russula sericatula, only the second time it has been recorded in the British Isles. 

Ascomycetes

Taphrina amentorum

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Aphyllophoroid Fungi

Daedaleopsis confragosa  Blushing Bracket

Stereum gausapatum

Inonotus radiatus

Clavulina cristata

Boletes and Agarics

Leccinum rigidipes

Leccinum umbrinoides

Amanita fulva

Bolbitius vitellinus

Calocybe carnea

Collybia peronata

Galerina mutabilis

Hygrocybe conica

Hygrophoropsis aurantica var albida

Laccaria proxima

Lactarius lacunarum

Lactarius tabidus

Paxillus involutus

Pluteus cervinus

Psathyrella candeolana

Russula betularum

Russula caerula

Russula nitida

Russula praetervisa

Russula pulchella

Russula vesca

Also confirmed from other sites:

Russula anatina

Russula firmula

Russula persicina

Russula sericatula

 

Ballyward Estate, Co.Down 2nd September 2000

This was an interesting site with good mature mixed woodland and a large heronry. It was slightly disappointing fungi wise with mycorrhizal fungi hard to find given that it was September. The best finds were deep into the thick Birch around the lake where Leccinum molle, L.brunneogriseolum and L.umbrinoides were found in good quantities. Leucocoprinus brebissonii was another rarely recorded fungus from under Beech.

Ascomycetes

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Tarzetta cupularis

Dacrymyces stillatus

Hypoxylon multiforme

Jelly fungi

Hirneola auricula-judae Jew's Ear

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Hydnum repandum Hedgehog Fungus

Daedaleopsis confragosa

Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore

Polyporus squamosus Dryad's Saddle

Trichaptum abietinum

Stereum hirsutum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus ferrugineus

Leccinum brunneogriseolum

Leccinum molle

Leccinum umbrinoides

Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Bolbitius vitellinus

Galerina mutabilis

Hebeloma leucosarx

Leucocoprinus brebissonii

Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Flammulaster carpophila

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia peronata Wood Woolly-foot

Marasmius rotula

Mycena galericulata

Mycena galopus

Mycena vitilis

Mycena acicula

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius subumbonatus Watery Milk-cap

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius subdulcis

Lactarius tabidus

Russula betularum

Russula claroflava Yellow Swamp Russula

Russula grisea

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Tynan Estate, September 23rd 2000

This was a good foray. Our annual joint foray with the Armagh Field Naturalist's Society meant that there were lots of eyes finding lots of fungi. The estate was very interesting with wonderful mature trees giving a very English parkland feel in places. Inonotus dryadeus, enormous examples of Orange Peel Fungus, the Death Cap, Amanita phalloides and Lepiota aspera (first Irish record?) were some of the best finds in this habitat. The mossy birch area by the lake also yielded interesting records with the rarely recorded Lactarius lilacinus and Agaricus fuscofibrillosus the best records from here.

Ascomycetes

Ascocoryne sarcoides

Aleuria aurantia Orange-peel Fungus

Helvella elastica

Helvella lacunosa

Exidia thuretiana

Otidea alutacea

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers

Jelly fungi

Hirneola auricula-judae Jew's Ear

Tremella mesenterica

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore

Postia caesia

Trametes versicolor

Ganoderma adspersum

Inonotus dryadeus

Stereum hirsutum

Calocera viscosa Jelly Antler Fungus

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus luridiformis

Boletus porosporus

Chroogomphus rutilus Pine Spike-cap

Leccinum molle

Leccinum pulchrum

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Pluteus salicinus

Entoloma lividoalbum

Agaricus fuscofibrillosus

Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink-cap

Coprinus micaceus Glistening Ink-cap

Cortinarius hemitrichus

Hebeloma leucosarx

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe geophylla

Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina

Lepiota felina

Lepiota aspera

Macrolepiota procera Parasol Mushroom

Macrolepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol

Pholiota squarrosa Shaggy Pholiota

Stropharia semiglobata Dung Roundhead

Amanita phalloides Death Cap

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Armillaria bulbosa Honey Fungus

Clitocybe infundibuliformis Common Funnel Cap

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric

Clitocybe odora Aniseed Toadstool

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Hygrocybe conica Conical Wax-cap

Hygrocybe irrigata

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Lepista nuda Wood Blewit

Mycena filopes

Mycena pura

Mycena sanguinolenta

Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius deliciosus Saffron Milk-cap

Lactarius fluens

Lactarius fulvissimus

Lactarius lilacinus

Lactarius pallidus

Lactarius pubescens

Lactarius pyrogalus

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius tabidus

Lactarius torminosus Woolly Milk-cap

Lactarius plumbeus Ugly Milk-cap

Russula atropurpurea Blackish-purple Russula

Russula delica Milk-white Russula

Russula farinipes

Russula fellea Geranium-scented Russula

Russula fragilis Fragile Russula

Russula gracillima

Russula nigricans Blackening Russula

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Russula pectinatoides

Russula sanguinea

Russula subfoetans

Russula vesca Bare-toothed Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma areolatum Leopard-spotted Earthball

Bovista nigrescens Brown Bovist

Calvatia excipuliformis Pestle-Shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Drenagh Estate, Limavady, 4th November

 

Ascomycetes

Ascocoryne sarcoides

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Helvella crispa

Helvella lacunosa

Hypoxylon fragiforme

Hypoxylon fuscum

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria longipes

Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers

Phragmobasidiomycetes

Hirneola auricula-judae Jew's Ear

Exidia thuretiana

Tremella foliacea

Aphyllophoroid fungi

Clavulina cinerea

Clavulina cristata

Postia subcaesia

Trametes versicolor

Ganoderma australe

Boletes and Agarics

Agaricus arvensis Horse Mushroom

Coprinus atramentarius Common Ink-cap

Crepidotus variabilis

Cystoderma amianthinum

Gymnopilus spectabilis

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe geophylla

Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Weeping Widow

Macrolepiota rhacodes Shaggy Parasol

Panaeolus semiovatus

Panaeolus sphinctrinus Hoop-petticoat Fungus

Pholiota squarrosa Shaggy Pholiota

Psathyrella gracilis

Psathyrella hydrophila

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Clitocybe flaccida

Clitocybe fragrans

Clitocybe geotropa

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia dryophila Russet Shank

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Lepista nuda Wood Blewit

Mycena galericulata Bonnet Mycena

Mycena pura

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma areolatum Leopard-spotted Earthball

Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball

 

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