As regular readers may have noticed, I am becoming quite adept at finding jelly fungi. And they nearly always turn out to be some kind of Exidia species.
I've found blobs of jelly fungus on Willow: Exidia recisa.
I've found blobs of jelly fungus on Birch: Exidia repanda (probably)
I've found a flat rubbery jelly fungus, also on Willow: Exidia thuretiana (possibly)
And today I found ANOTHER jelly fungus in one of the old coppice compartments by the lake in Rowland Wood. This time black and brain-like, growing on a rotting (birch?) branch.
With all that previous Exidia experience under my belt, I think I can handle this jelly: I'm calling it Exidia plana. Because I reckon it's just too black and brainy-licious to be anything else.
Next I found this hard rust-coloured and velvety bracket fungus growing on standing dead birch. I think it might be some kind of Phellinus species, as I saw something similar when I was out with Graeme Lyons at Woods Mill the other day. But the advice we had from Martin Allison, County Recorder for Fungi, was that you really need to get these under a microscope (and have the right reference books) to confirm the identification.
From there I headed in the direction of the Big Beech which fell down in high winds around Christmas 2013. The fallen trunk has been left in situ (and a bit of work done to make it safe) so it can continue to provide mature habitat for the creatures of Rowland Wood. And it looks like it's providing some great habitat for the fungi too.
I was thrilled to find what-I-think-is Schizophyllum commune growing high up on one of the fallen boughs. The upper surface of this fungus is nothing to write home about, but the bottom has this incredible patterning to it - reminiscent of quilling.
Twitter earlier in the year.
In the shelter of a broken limb, I found another small, pale jelly fungus growing on the exposed timber.
The fallen trunk is also home to swarms of Woodwart, presumably Beech Woodwart Hypoxylon fragiforme.
I am intrigued by the mustard yellow things in the centre of this photo. Under the hand lens they look like tiny grape pips and I don't know if they're another species, or baby Woodwarts, or what.
Update 14/02/16 - here they are under the microscope. I have no idea what these are:
In places, the Woodwart is covered in absolutely tiny purpley-red blobs - only just visible with a hand lens. I'm not sure if this is part of its structure, or another species growing on the old fruiting bodies.
Update 14/02/16 - got the Woodwart under the microscope and here's what those red blobs look like. There are some references on the internet to a species called Nectria episphaeria: "red beads growing on Hypoxylon fragiforme." Could it be that I've found two species for the price of one?
And my absolute favourite find - although I have precious-little idea what it is - was these shiny neon pink blobs:
MEANWHILE, back on Park Corner Heath, the conservation volunteers were still hard at work, cutting back an old patch of gorse to encourage new growth...
My best guess would be that these are a species of Marasmoid mushrooms. But I don't think I'm really ready for these.
For the record
Location: Park Corner Heath & Rowland Wood
Grid reference: TQ5114
The Big Beech is at TQ514150
Entered into FRDBI: 13/02/2017