A Rare Fungi at the fag end of 2020

2020 won't be a year many of us remember with any fondness so the term 'fag end' seems entirely fitting! With tier 4 restrictions having been imposed since Boxing Day getting out and about is limited once again. Although I am one to use my own judgement based on common sense. 

I have elderly and vulnerable parents living in Norwich so out of necessity have to travel there to do various things for them as they are housebound. Yesterday I was able to combine this with a visit to Earlham Cemetery where Ian Senior had kindly offered to pop out and show me a rare fungi. And he was good to his word, meeting me (socially distanced) and taking me to the spot where I quickly laid eyes on the diminutive Yew Club. This is a red data species listed as rare and vulnerable with Earlham Cemetery  being the only known site in Norfolk. I found just 2! Very close by a small group of earthtongues proved to be Plain Earthtongue which was another new species for me. A lovely Snowy Waxcap on our front lawn at home made it a trio of mycological ticks! Recent walks have also yielded Yellow Brain, Crystal Brain, Slimy Waxcap, Jelly Ear and Velvet Shank

Local early wildflowers have included very early Primroses in bloom on Christmas Day plus rather more seasonal Winter Helliotrope and some naturalised Himalayan Honeysuckle.

The best birds in the last few days around our local paths have been c120 Fieldfares, a scattering of Redwings, 3 Bullfinches, Sparrowhawk and an early drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.

                                                                                                                                              Yew Club
                                                                                                                                 Plain Earthtongue
                                                                                                                                    Snowy Waxcap
                                                                                                                                         Yellow Brain
                                                                                                                                         Velvet Shank

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