Includes results of the 2002 and 2003 surveys
The best sites found in the 2002-03 survey
These scores are from the survey only. If the score is different in the all Ireland table, it is because the site has been visited on different occasions.
The best sites in terms of numbers of Hygrocybe alone (one visit)
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, Clavaria flavipes and Conocybe pubescens were all new records to Ireland found by Liz Holden.
The second year was also a poor year for Waxcaps, but more good sites were found probably reflecting the quality of the areas searched with the Antrim coast and glens and the uplands of the Sperrins and north Derry being targeted. Despite the poor fruiting season, there were a number of 12 Irish records (at least no other Irish records are listed for these species in the BMSFRD) and there are another 10 species new to Northern Ireland. Liz Holden found Camarophyllopsis schulzeri on the slopes of Knocklayd near Ballycastle, Dermoloma pseudocuneifolium near Torr Head, Entoloma ochromicaceum at White Park Bay and Entoloma nigroviolaceum at Knocklayd and White Park Bay. Richard King found Clavaria tenuipes at Ballynahavla Bridge near Slieveanorra and the strange Squamanita paradoxa parasitising Cystoderma sp. near Altnahinch Dam. Shelley Evans and Peter Roberts spectacularly found Hygrocybe phaeococcinea at the White Rocks near Portrush and also (some during diversions into nearby woods) Colacogloea peniophorae and Hyphoderma cryptocallimon at Keady Mountain, Hyphodontia detritica at Dowhill Forest and Sistotremastrum niveocremeum and Tulasnella deliquescens in Ervey Wood ASSI.
Species new to Northern Ireland include Cortinarius huronensis (Shelley Evans at New Buildings, Co.Londonderry), Entoloma excentricum (Liz Holden at Ballynahavla Bridge), Entoloma rhombisporum (Liz Holden near Torr Head), Entoloma pseudoturci (Liz Holden at Knocklayd), Entoloma hirtipes and Entoloma hispidulum (Roy Anderson at Barony Bridge, Tyrone), Entoloma longistriatum (both Liz Holden at Drumtullagh Church in Carrowreagh townland and Roy Anderson at Tirkane near Swatragh), Gamundia striatula (Liz Holden at St. Patrick's Church, Kilrea), Microdiscula phragmitis (Peter Roberts at Donnybrewer Level (Intake) Townland) and Omphalina galericolor var. lilacinicolor (Peter Roberts at the Pot Quarry, Ballyness Townland near Limavady).
One of the hopes of this survey is that it will generate enough data to have more confidence in the species scoring system proposed for site assessment in Ireland. To this end, the list of species of Hygrocybe ranked in terms of the number of 10km squares that they have been recorded from is interesting. There are 186 10km squares in Northern Ireland to get a feel for the abundances of these species.
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