Brecks Botany, 19 October 2020

With some precise directions I headed off for a quick half day excursion to Icklingham in the Brecks. As a bonus I was able to see Common Calamint in lovely condition by the church before I set off on a walk for my main quarry - White Horehound. The walk was gorgeous and with several fly-over Crossbills and Redwings I arrived at the spot in fine fettle. And my target was very easily found. Although late in the season a few plants still had some flowers on so all was good. 

The walk had yielded loads of fungi too so on the return walk I examined many of them and also explored a nearby beech wood. Coprinellis impatiens was a great find under the beech together with Chanterelle, Porcellain Fungus and probable Coprinopsis stercorea. The grassland had many many Parasols, Common Rustgill, Egghead Mottlegill (on dung), Fools Funnel, Soft Puffball, Mosaic Puffball and Macrolepiota konradii. A huge Chicken of the Woods was spotted from the track on the way back too. 

Nearing the end of the walk back a flock of c20 Mistle Thrushes and about the same number of Fieldfares was something I'd not seen before.

                                                                                                                            Common Calamint
                                                                                                                                    White Horehound
                                                                                                                           Coprinellis impatiens
                                                                                                                              Macrolepiota konradii
                                                                                                                                  Egghead Mottlegill
                                                                                                                                            Fools Funnel
                                                                                                                                          Common Rustgill
                                                                                                                   probable Coprinopsis stercorea
                                                                                                                         Chicken of the Woods

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