Mushroom forayThe West Weald Fungus Recording Group led by Dick Alder paid us a visit on 16th November. We thought their chances of finding many specimens were fairly low this late in the season. Mushrooms had been early this year, and particularly abundant during late August to early October. But we were wrong. While too late for ceps or purple web caps, the group still managed to find 55 different species, which was a surprise to us, though not to the expert visitors.
|Ling and Mark, enjoying their introduction to Autumn fungus in Old Copse.|
Growing our ownAfter planting out the best of the home grown oaks in the wood, there were still 30 or so that were too small. Some of them were getting a bit pot-bound so a raised bed in the wood, well protected from deer, seemed like a good idea. In deeper soil they'll have room to stretch out and start growing properly in the Spring.
|One of the mushroom group arrived early and was lucky enough to see a visiting Great Egret at this spot|
|We didn't see him, but here's a library picture of what we missed (credit RSPB)|
Autumn photosOld Copse is beautiful at this time of the year. The beech trees really stand out.
|A decaying birch stump. First comes the moss, then the fungus.|