Saturday, 20 February 2016
Third time lucky
Weather was so uninviting I nearly stayed in and glossed some door frames today. But anything is more interesting than that, so I went for a walk in the woods instead.
I ended up in Hoe Wood again, for a third time, trying to re-find some tiny pink blobs I'd seen bursting through hazel bark. There's a chap in the Sussex Fungi Group, Nick Aplin, who has said he'd be interested to receive collections like this - apparently it's an example of a Nectria-like species (not a young Hypoxylon, as I'd originally hypothesised). Anyway, I didn't find them.
BUT, I did find another colony of Spring Hazelcup Encoelia furfuracea, here:
Today's find takes the total number of sites for this rare species around Small Dole to THREE. And look, I've put them on this map, and you can click on the dots to see my photos:
I've looked for Spring Hazelcup in Tottington Wood as well, to the south of Small Dole, but so far without any luck. Much of Tottington Wood is actively coppiced by the Tottington Woodlanders and there isn't so much old and decaying hazel there as there is at the other sites - so it could be that the habitat's not suitable. But I shall keep looking!