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Colin Howes identifed  the Willow Tar-spot Fungus Rhytisma salicinum on Hatfield Moors National Nature Reserve (SE/6804) on the 20th October 2010. The tar-spot affected Grey Willow Salix cinerea and Goat Willow S. caprea shrubs along a 50+ metre stretch of ride in the sandy heathland area.


 Hatfield Moors SSSI P1040499     

It's that wonderful time of year again when the mushrooms burst in to life in the Yorkshire woodlands. They may not be rarities, but their beauty is enough to catch the interest of walkers and develop new interest in our county's nature.

Today's photos have been sent in by Kirsty and Richard Heys, and represent a small part of the display in Newton Mulgrave Woods above Runswick Bay.





Mycologically speaking this year has so far been relatively uninteresting in Yorkshire. What fungi have appeared have mostly been isolated specimens of common species. There has been much sunshine and dry weather, the wood lands have seen acres of drying bracken, the only bright spark has been a slight reduction in the plague of that most undesirable alien - Himalayan Balsam. In search of more interest we visited our niece, who lives below a large wood on the shore of Loch Ness and even here the expected autumn flush of fungi appears diminished.

But we did find this:- Pleurocybella porrigens, usually a northern species which is gradually coming South towards Yorkshire. Always attractive, it appears on decaying conifer wood, sometimes in plate-like structures but often with the elegant tube below.