Saturday 13th April, Cleggan Lodge, Co.Antrim

The wonderful spring weather brought a very good turn out for the first outing of the year. The flowers were out, buzzards were getting mobbed in the skies by crows and the sun was shining. Not many fungi though. The recent good weather had made things far too dry, but at least Chris brought a morel, Morchella esculenta, from a flowerbed in Coleraine to show folk what we were hoping (in vain) for.  It was a question of hunting to find anything, deciding if things that looked like bird droppings or plaster were myxomycetes or finding tiny tiny fungi to look at (it turned out to be Hemimycena tortuosa). The most eye catching finds were Physisporinus sanguinolentus (it turns bright red on bruising) and the inevitable Hymenochaete corrugata gluing all sorts of delicate hanging branches onto other branches in the hazel.  

Ascomycetes

Bulgaria inquinans

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Hypoxylon fuscum

Taphrina betulina

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle snuff fungus

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (brackets etc)

Hymenochaete corrugata

Peniophora limitata

Physisporinus sanguinolentus 

Piptoporus betulinus

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Trametes versicolor

Boletes and Agarics

Coprinus micaceus

Hemimycena tortuosa

 

Saturday May 11, 1pm: Oxford Island National Nature Reserve

 

Ascomycetes

Scutellinia scutellata

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (brackets etc)

Phellinus igniarius

Postia subcaesius

Pseudotrametes gibbosa

Stereum hirsutum

Trametes pubescens

Trametes versicolor

Boletes and Agarics

Agrocybe praecox

Calocybe gambosa

Coprinus micaceus

Mycena pura

Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella spadiceogrisea

Gasteroid Fungi

Handkea excipuliformis

Myxomycetes (Slime moulds)

Lycogala epidendrum

 

Saturday July 27, 1pm: Mourne Park Estate

 

Ascomycetes

Otidea alutacea

Peziza vesiculosa

Rhytisma acerinum

Scutellinia scutellata

Tarzetta cupularis

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (brackets etc)

Cantharellus cibarius

Hymenochaete corrugata

Trametes versicolor

Boletes and Agarics

Amanita excelsa

Amanita rubescens

Boletus calopus

Hebeloma crustuliniforme

Hypholoma fasciculare

Laccaria amethystea

Marasmius rotula

Mycena pura

Oudemansiella mucida

Pluteus cervinus

Pluteus semibulbosus

Psathyrella candolleana

Russula fellea

Russula mairei

Russula ochroleuca

Russula romellii

Gasteroid Fungi

Phallus impudicus

Myxomycetes (Slime moulds)

Lycogala epidendrum

 

Saturday August 17, 1pm: Glenmore Wood

Heavy showers don't put us off too easily although waterproofs would be handy!  In a torrential downpour, we searched gamely for fungi in this small broadleaf wood. We needed to search as there still wasn't a lot out, but we were rewarded with a great find - that of 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. The Russula anthracina is the other interesting record in that it fits anthracina in all regards (large black oil drops in the cap cystidia), but the gills tasted mild. Hence this needs looked at a little more.

Ascomycetes

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Helvella crispa

Helvella lacunosa

Leptopodia atra

Rhytisma acerinum

Rhytisma salicinum

Xylaria hypoxylon

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (brackets etc)

Cantharellus cibarius

Hymenochaete corrugata

Hymenochaete rubiginosa

Postia subcaesia

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Boletes and Agarics

Amanita excelsa

Collybia confluens

Gymnopilus spectabilis

Hemimycena tortuosa

Hygrocybe conica

Hypholoma fasciculare

Laccaria laccata

Lactarius lacunarum

Lactarius subdulcis

Marasmius epiphyllus

Phylloporus pelletieri

Polyporus badius

Polyporus varius

Russula anthracina

Russula cyanoxantha

Russula vesca

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma bovista

 

Saturday 7th September - Caledon Estate, Co.Armagh

Another joint foray with the Armagh group on a taster of autumn - heavy heavy showers. We headed out into the open parkland first looking for ectos under the grand isolated trees. With the wet summer however, it was obvious that all the cattle had been sheltering under the trees for most of the summer and the ground was often heavily trampled. A few species, Russula parazurea, Suillus granulatus were out and an interesting Coprinus, C.romagnesianus were found. We headed into the wood as well which was more profitable with Inocybe fraudans being the best find. Altogether though it was a bit disappointing. The main flush has yet to happen and now the rains are back after a brief dry warm spell, there are high hopes for the next foray in a couple of weeks...

Ascomycetes
Ascocoryne sarcoides
Eutypa spinosa
Hypoxylon fragiforme
Quaternaria quaternata
Nectria cinnabarina
Nectria episphaeria
Peziza micropus
Rhytisma acerinum
Ustulina deusta
Xylaria longipes
Xylaria polymorpha
Jellies
Dacrymyces stillatus
Exidia glandulosa
Exidia thuretiana
Hirneola auricula-judae
Tremella foliacea
Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)
Bjerkanda adusta
Clavulina cristata
Daedaleopsis confragosa
Ganoderma adspersum
Hymenochaete rubiginosa
Meripilus giganteus
Peniophora cinerea
Schizopora paradoxa
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum gausapatum
Boletes
Boletus chrysenteron
Boletus subtomentosus
Suillus granulatus
Agarics
Bolbitius vitellinus
Coprinus romagnesianus
Hygrocybe glutinipes
Inocybe fraudans
Lacrymaria lacrymabunda
Lactarius quietus
Lactarius subdulcis
Lepiota cristata
Marasmius rotula
Mycena pura var. rosea
Oudemansiella mucida
Paneolus acuminatus
Pholiota squarrosa
Psathyrella candolleana
Russula cyanoxantha
Russula ochraleuca
Russula parazurea
Tricholoma album
Myxomycetes
Mucilago crustacea

Saturday September 21, 1pm: Larchfield Estate, Co.Down.

The sun was splitting the sky as this dry September continued. Foraying was hard work trying to find fungi at all, but in the end the list was long enough. We got lost in the walled garden first of all finding interesting things on wood chips, in the flowerbeds and in the greenhouse. The best finds there were the earthstar, Geastrum striatum and, under the artichokes, the dramatic looking Lacrymaria (Psathyrella) pyrotricha. Some good Russulas, R.subfoetans (going yellow with KOH) and R.graveolans were found along with the strange R.anthracina(?) with mild tasting gills that we found at Glenmore as well. An enormous Amanita inaurata and startlingly red/orange Lactarius fulvissimus were two particularly attractive finds. Many thanks to the estate owners for the juice and goodies beside the swimming pool after the foray. A civilised way to compile finds!

Ascomycetes
Diatrypella favacea
Hypoxylon coharens
Hypoxylon fragiforme
Peziza varia
Rhytisma acerinum
Rosellinia mammiformis
Trochila ilicina
Xylaria hypoxylon
Xylaria polymorpha
Jellies
Dacrymyces stillatatus
Hirneola auricula-judae
Aphyllophoroid Fungi
Ceriporiopsis gilvescens
Clavulina cinerea
Clavulina cristata
Ganoderma adspersum
Physisporinus vitreus
Stereum gausapatum
Stereum hirsutum
Boletes
Boletus chrysenteron
Boletus communis
Boletus porosporus
Agarics
Agaricus silvaticus
Agaricus silvicola
Amanita inaurata
Bolbitius vitellina
Clitocybe dealbata
Collybia confluens
Collybia peronata
Coprinus lagopus
Coprinus micaceus
Crepidotus mollis
Hypholoma fasciculare
Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina
Laccaria laccata
Lacrymaria lacrybunda
Lactarius fluens
Lactarius fulvissimus
Lactarius subdulcis
Lepista inversa
Macrolepiota rhacodes
Mycena pura
Oudemansiella mucida
Oudemansiella radiata
Psathyrella candeollana
Psathyrella pyrotricha
Psilocybe semilanceata
Russula anthracina
Russula caerula
Russula cyanoxantha
Russula fellea
Russula graveolans
Russula ochraleuca
Russula pectinatoides
Russula sericatula
Russula subfoetans
Russula vesca
Stropharia aurantiaca
Tricholoma album
Volvariella speciosa
Gasteroid Fungi
Geastrum striatum
Lycoperdon perlatum
Scleroderma verrucosum
Myxomycetes
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
Physarum nutans
Symphytocarpus flaccidus
Tubifera ferruginosa

Saturday October 5 - Sunday October 6: 
Cornaher House, Co.Westmeath

September had been a very dry month in the north, but it had obviously been much drier in Westmeath! The ground was dry as a bone and with the sun splitting the sky it felt like a hot July day! At Cornaher House, there were few fungi around and it took a lot of hunting to find things. There was an odd Cortinarius, but it came out as
C.triumphans. It went yellow with KOH, had large spores (11-12um) and had the
ochre brown bands on the stipe. There is a fishy smelling Russula that still has to be named. Amanita porphyria is a rare (to me) find and Cordyceps ophioglossoides was also a first to me. I just wish I had realised what it was and dug the truffle up! A fishy smelling olive green Russula, R.cicatricata was another good find under an oak near the entrance road. 

The forayers getting ready for action



Ascomycetes
Chlorociboria aeruginascens
Cordyceps ophioglossoides
Helvella crispa
Hypoxylon multiforme
Rhytisma acerinum
Xylaria hypoxylon
Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)
Daedelopsis confragrosa
Hypoxylon fuscum
Piptoporus betulinus
Stereum hirsutum
Jellies
Tremella mesenterica
Boletes
Leccinum scabrum var. scabrum
Agarics
Agaricus campestris
Amanita fulva
Amanita porphyria
Armillaria gallica
Coprinus atramentarius
Coprinus micaceus
Cortinarius triumphans
Laccaria laccata
Marasmius rotula
Mycena filopes
Mycena galericulata
Paxillus involutus
Pluteus salicinus
Psathyrella prona f. prona
Psathyrella prona f. cana
Russula cicatricata
Tricholoma album
Xerula (Oudemansiella) radiata
Gasteroid Fungi
Scleroderma areolatum

Clonad Wood, Charleville near Tullamore

We tried this site as well on the Saturday looking for a wetter wood. It was wetter, but still there were very very few fungi out. The Beefsteak Fungus, Fistulina hepatica and Gymnopus (Collybia) fusipes were the best finds. 

Ascomycetes
Hypoxylon fuscum
Hypoxylon multiforme
Macroscyphus macropus
Xylaria polymorpha
Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)
Fistulina hepatica
Ganoderma adspersum
Inonotus dryadeus
Piptoporus betulinus
Postia subcaesia
Stereum hirsutum
Trametes versicolor
Agarics
Agaricus silvaticus
Alnicola subconspersa
Armillaria gallica
Clitopilus prunulus
Collybia maculata
Coprinus atramentarius
Cortinarius helvelloides
Entoloma pallens
Gymnopus (Collybia) fusipes
Hygrocybe conica
Hypholoma fasciculare
Laccaria laccata
Macrolepiota procera
Marasmius rotula
Mycena galericulta
Mycena polygramma
Pluteus cervinus
Psathyrella conopilus
Russula atropurpurea
Tricholoma imbricatum
Gasteroid Fungi
Lycoperdon pyriforme
Myxomycetes
Collaria acryrionema
Cribaria argillacea
Trichia varia

Sunday 6th October

Belvedere Demesne

A huge estate and a much more profitable site. The best finds were the Leucoagaricus badhamii (the redding "Lepiota" that Peg found) - there are no other Irish records in the BMS database - has anyone seen it before?; the Hebeloma aestivale (noted by the dextrinoid spores and the loosening periospore - it looked like a thin wavy line or sack around the spore (also first for Ireland?); Rhodocybe gemina - a first for Ireland? - the amazing amounts of Geastrum triplex and the Geastrum striatum. There was also the spectacular Leucocoprinus cepaestipes in the greenhouse, noted by its brown centre to the cap, cheilocystidia with extended wavy apex and the cap squamules ending in long narrow cells. It also strongly yellowed on the stipe and gills, which now the Flora Agaricina Neerlandica Vol 5 (the Dutch flora) is out with a key to Leucocoprinus I find occurs with this species. 

Ascomycetes
Hypomyces chrysospermus
Hypoxylon mulitforme
Taphrina alni
Trochina ilicina
Xylaria hypoxylon
Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)
Fistulina hepatica
Meripilus gigantea
Peniophora quercina
Stereum hirsutum
Jellies
Hirneola auricula-judae
Agarics
Amanita fulva
Armillaria gallica
Bolbitius vitellinus
Chroogomphus rutilus
Collybia butryacea
Collybia confluens
Collybia peronata
Conocybe lactea
Coprinus atramentarius
Coprinus micaceus
Geastrum triplex
Hebeloma aestivale
Hebeloma pusillum
Hypholoma lateritium
Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina
Inocybe rimosa
Inocybe sindonia
Lacrymaria lacrybunda
Lactarius blennius
Lactarius subdulcis
Lactarius torminosus
Lepiota aspera
Lepista inversa
Leucoagaricus badhamii
Leucocoprinus cepaestipes
Macrolepiota rhacodes
Marasmius rotula
Oudemansiella mucida
Rhodocybe gemina
Russula gracillima
Tricholoma album
Tricholoma fulvum
Volvariella speciosa
Gasteroid Fungi
Geastrum striatum
Lycoperdon perlatum
Myxomycetes
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa var. arbuscula

Saturday 19th October - Creighton's Wood Ulster Wildlife Trust Reserve, Kilrea

For mid October, this proved to be an unproductive foray as this unproductive year continued. It took a lot of searching to find anything and there were few ectomycorrhizal fungi around at all. It was mostly saprophytes - not our speciality! The wood mainly based on two post glacial ridges was dry and hard going in places. The slimy Cortinarius delibutus was the most interesting ecto, and the other interesting finds were the dark black capped Entoloma myrmecophilum and the myxomycete Diderma globosum with its first Co.Londonderry record. The rest of the list was disappointingly ordinary.

Ascomycetes
Trochila ilicina
Chlorociboria aeruginascens
Scutellinia crinita
Rhytisma acerinum
Hypoxylon fuscum
Hypoxylon multiforme
Xylaria hypoxylon

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)
Hymenochaete corrugata
Piptoporus betulinus
Stereum hirsutum
Stereum rugosum


Jellies
Tremella foliacea


Agarics
Macrotyphula fistulosa
Cortinarius delibutus
Cortinarius umbrinolens
Crepidotus mollis
Entoloma conferendum
Entoloma myrmecophilum
Laccaria laccata
Armillaria gallica
Marasmius rotula
Pluteus cervinus
Hypholoma fasciculare
Pholiota squarrosa
Psathyrella corrugis
Clitocybe nebularis
Lepista flaccida
Lyophyllum connatum
Mycena galericulata
Mycena pura
Polyporus badius
Polyporus varius
Lactarius tabidus
Russula ochroleuca

Myxomycetes

Diderma globosum

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