Bawsinch Fungi List


We had a perfect morning for our fungi foray on 30 October at SWT Bawsinch wildlife reserve, noting 24 different species.  We learnt that fungi are not a plant or an animal but have a kingdom of their own and we have over 9000 different species in the UK.  They are a challenging part of the natural world to study but we made a good start by learning the difference between Funnel Caps (with their decurrent gills) and Toughshanks (never with decurrent gills).   We learnt about stomach fungi which keep their spores inside a puffball, earthball or earthstar before splitting the top and “puffing” out and also found some bracket fungi including the Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor) and the Artists Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum).  Other highlights included the stunning purple edible Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda), a troop of huge Shaggy Parasol (Macrolepota rhacodes) and a disgusting smelling Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus).   A fox kept us company as we forayed on the lawns and a stoat ran past as we closed the gate.  A wonderful morning spent!

Fungi list – SWT Bawsinch wildlfe reserve – 30 Oct 2010
Common name (Scientific name)
Sycamore Tar Spot (Rhytisma acerinum)

Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

Common earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor)
Beech Barkspot (Diatrype disciformis)
Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis)
Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda)
Fragrant Funnel (Clitocybe frangrans)
Butter Cap (Collybia butyrecea)
Coral Spot (Nectria cinnabarina)
Russet Toughshank (Collybia dryophila)
Birch Brown Bolete (Leccinum scabrum)
Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)
Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex)
Honey Fungus (Armillaria gallica)
Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricular-judae)
Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasicula)
Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura)
Common Bonnet (Mycena galericulata)
Candlesnuff (Xylaria hypoxylon)
Brown Roll Rim (Paxillus involutus)
Shaggy Parasol (Macrolepota rhacodes)
Artist Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)
Peeling Oysterling (Crepidotus mollis)