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Fungus Foray

17 keen fugus forayers gathered outside the Crown on Saturday 24th September 2013 and were led on a very interesting walk by Dr. Gordon Beakes, a mycologist at Newcastle University. We started off across the back field and on entering the wood by the burn immediately found various interesting specimens for Gordon to enthuse over. The field to the Haughton road produced more, including one which was ‘magic’! We then walked the old permissive path, by permission of Anthony Braithwaite, and were rewarded with brilliant sunshine and, amongst other things, a magnificent example of a Rosy Somethingorother which Gordon had never ever seen before; he was delighted, as were we. A very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon – beats shopping any time!

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Dr. Gordon Beakes starts the foray

Dr. Gordon Beakes starts the foray

Funnel cap - Lepista inversa (Clitocybe gibba)

Funnel cap – Lepista inversa (Clitocybe gibba)

Conifer sulphur tuft Hypholoma capnoides?

Conifer sulphur tuft Hypholoma capnoides?

Birch polypore - Piptoporus betulinus

Birch polypore – Piptoporus betulinus

Poached egg fungus - Bolbitius vitellinus

Poached egg fungus – Bolbitius vitellinus

Cracked cap of Psathyrella

Cracked cap of Psathyrella

Silky rosegill - Volvariella bombycina

Silky rosegill – Volvariella bombycina

Young sulphur tuft - Hypholoma fasiculare

Young sulphur tuft – Hypholoma fasiculare

Birch polypore - Piptoporus betulinus

Birch polypore – Piptoporus betulinus

Fairy club Clavulina rugosa

Fairy club Clavulina rugosa

Days spoils - including lawyers wig (Coprinus comatus) and common inkcap (C. atramentarius)

Days spoils – including lawyers wig (Coprinus comatus) and common inkcap (C. atramentarius)