The woodlands behind my house are teeming with fungi at the moment. Woodlands, along with Grasslands are the best place to go looking for fungus.
Toadstools and mushrooms can sometimes last only a few days, they are just the fruit of the fungus that lives underground for many years.
Fungus live by using enzymes to breakdown plant and animal material for food.
They are a very important part of the eco-system
There are around 15,000 types of wild fungi in the UK and many are very difficult to identify without microscopic examination.
Here are a few I found in an hours walk around the wood.
Beefsteak fungus is a bracket fungi, it looks a bit like raw meat and, when cut it bleeds. this one looks more like its other common name Ox Tongue fungus. Often found on oak trees.
Another bracket fungus is the Dyer’s Mazegill, found on Conifers. This one was growing inside a split on a fallen conifer. It has a yellow edge with a brownish central region.
The Oak bracket, as its name suggests, grows on oak trees, but sometimes on beech, birch and alder trees. The fungus oozes with an amber coloured liquid. It can be found late summer through to early winter.
Turkey tail comes is many different colours from red, yellow, green, blue, brown, black and white. It mainly grows on dead hardwood, including fallen branches, tree stumps and standing dead trees.
Dead man’s fingers is often found on fallen Beech wood or stumps. It often in groups of 3 to 6 tufts that look like black rotten fingers.