15 November 2014
LNHG walk from Cologin to Loch Gleann a'Bhearraidh
Or so I thought. I guess it was too late in the year. Instead I was handed an endless succession of small brown nondescript specimens, and even when fungi with striking features were found, I had no idea what they were, and was none the wiser after examining them at home with the books. A large number had to be discarded, and we probably achieved our lowest ever proportion of fungi identified to fungi found.
But who cares? It was an enjoyable walk and the
weather was mild and dry.
At the entrance to the forestry there are some willows covered with
lichens. These are Sticta limbata and Peltigera membranacea.
One fungus that I could identify on the spot was the
Jan spends a lot of time on her hands and knees on our walks, with
results like these. Mycena Epipterygia on the left and moss
capsules (species unknown) on the right.
Ochre Brittlegill was common under both beeches and conifers.
Our lunch spot, overlooking Loch Gleann a'Bharraidh. Not feasible to walk round the loch from where the path ends, but worth
trying a different approach one day to get to a different part of it.
One of the numerous unknown fungi inhabiting the dark plantations.
When we got back to the car park we decided to take the
footpath to Kilbride Church to check the graveyard for waxcaps which are
often plentiful in such situations, but in this case there weren't any,
though we did find a few other fungi round about. We finished the
day with refreshments in the
And so home to look at the specimens, most of which had me beat, or turned to mush before I could examine them. Here are a couple of nice ones I wish we'd photographed in situ.
Two beautiful Mycenas found by Cynthia, the pink Mycena pura and the grey Mycena cinerella.
Here is a list of all the fungi found on the walk that I could identify, in order of appearance.
... but you should have seen the ones that got away.