15 November 2014

LNHG walk from Cologin to Loch Gleann a'Bhearraidh

After all the grassland fungi excitement of recent weeks, I thought we'd look at some more conventional fungi today.  The route from Cologin to the loch goes through coniferous and broadleaved plantations and should yield a rich haul of large colourful easily recognised mushrooms, such as Chanterelle, Plums & Custard, Blusher, Larch Bolete, etc.

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.

Sticta limbata   Peltigera membranacea

At the entrance to the forestry there are some willows covered with lichens.  These are Sticta limbata and Peltigera membranacea.

Panellus serotinus

One fungus that I could identify on the spot was the Olive Oysterling.

Mycena epipterygia   Moss capsules

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.

Russula ochroleuca

Ochre Brittlegill was common under both beeches and conifers.

Loch Gleann a'Bhearraidh

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.

Unknown mushroom

One of the numerous unknown fungi inhabiting the dark plantations.

Kilbride Church

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 Barn Bar.

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.

Mycena pura   Mycena cinerella

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.

Hygrocybe pratensis
Xylaria hypoxylon
Lactarius deterrimus
Panellus serotinus
Mycena epipterygia
Clavulina rugosa
Russula ochroleuca
Lycoperdon perlatum
Clavulina coralloides
Mycena pura
Mycena cinerella
Cystoderma amianthinum
Laccaria laccata
Stopharia semiglobata
Coprinellus micaceus
Rhytisma acerinum
Asocoryne cylichnium
Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis
Trametes versicolor
Meadow Waxcap
False Saffron Milkcap
Olive Oysterling
Yellowleg Bonnet
Wrinkled Club
Ochre Brittlegill
Common Puffball
Crested Coral
Lilac Bonnet

Mealy Bonnet
Earthy Powdercap
Dung Roundhead
Glistening Ink-cap
Sycamore Tar Spot
Long-spored Purple Jellydisc
The Goblet
Turkey Tails

... but you should have seen the ones that got away.


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