This seemed like a good excuse to pop into The Mens and have a fossick around for some fungi.
|The Mens nature reserve, near Petworth.|
I spotted this little beauty growing on a fallen, moss-covered bough. Tough to know what kind of tree it once belonged to – probably Beech as that's the predominant species in this part of The Mens.
I'm not too confident identifying mushrooms. There are a lot of them. But this one looked distinctive with it's conical cap and little cinnamon-coloured nubbin on top (which I think I'm supposed to call an "umbo").
Flicking through my Collins Complete (photographic) Guide, it looked a good match for Saffrondrop Bonnet Mycena crocata. But, if it were that, it would bleed saffron-coloured milk when damaged. This seemed too implausible to be possible.
I tried it.
|Saffrondrop Bonnet doing what a Saffrondrop Bonnet does.|
It is indeed a Saffrondrop Bonnet Mycena crocata: a most pleasing discovery.
Now here are all the mushrooms I haven't identified, because I've been too busy being excited about the #WildestWalk.
|Some spindly mushrooms|
|Some rounded mushrooms|
|Some very-high-up mushrooms|
|A red mushroom – one of the Brittlegills.|
That last one could be the Beechwood Sickener Russula nobilis but I didn't examine it closely enough to be sure.
Last but not least, I found a mass of Small Stagshorn Calocera cornea on a fallen branch.
For the record
Location: The Mens
Grid reference: TQ0223
Entered into FRDBI: 13/02/2017