Houghen Plantation with the Norfolk Fungus Study Group, 6 November 2021

It's been ages since I met up with the Norfolk Fungus Study Group for one of their regular forays. Many were obviously casualties of covid in any case. Houghen Plantation in Horsford Woods (now rather strangely named Broadland Country Park) was the destination for a foray last weekend and records numbers of people turned up. About 35 attendees made life difficult for the organisers but everyone enjoyed the day. 

Excellent numbers and variety of fungi were recorded too. Concentrating on the wet woodland near where I saw Bog Beacon earlier this year it was a good job we were advised to wear wellies!

New species for me included the rare crampball Daldinia loculata that grows on burnt Birch, Plums and Custard, Yellow Swamp Brittlegill, The Sickener, Splitgill, Birch Knight, Ergot, Ochre Aldercap, Redleg Club, Felt Saddle, Liver Milkcap, Tuberous Polypore, Velvet Shield, Yellow Webcap, Bitter Bolete, Yellow-leg Bonnet and the strange tiny tubular fungus Henningsomyces candidus.

Other goodies were Jellybaby, Blackening Brittlegill, Wood Wooly-foot, Primrose Brittlegill, Small Staghorn, Yellow Stagshorn, Pipeclub, Slender Club, Bracken Club, Sulphur Knight, Black Bulgar, Chanterelle, Earpick Fungus, Conifercone Cap, Porcelain Fungus, Spectacular Rustgill, Wrinkled Crust, Dark Honey Fungus, Mottled Bolete and Brown Birch Bolete.

A polypore which looked very like the very rare Red-belted Bracket turned out to be a very deceiving Hoof Fungus after microscopy! 

                                                                                                                                  Daldinia loculata
                                                                                                                          Yellow Swamp Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                 Primrose Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                Blackening Brittlegill
                                                                                                                                   Plums and Custard
                                                                                                                             Wood Wooly-foot
                                                                                                                                  Mottled Bolete
                                                                                                                                      Felt Saddle
                                                                                                                                      Redleg Club
                                                                       Hoof Fungus doing impersonation of Red-belted Bracket!
                                                                                                                         Henningsomyces candidus
                                                                                                                                Liver Milkcap
                                                                                                                            Tuberous Polypore
                                                                                                                             Velvet Shield
                                                                                                                          Yellow Webcap
                                                                                                                            Dark Honey Fungus
                                                                                                                              Earpick Fungus
                                                                                                                       The Sickener
                                                                                                                           Bitter Bolete
                                                                                                                          Yellow-leg Bonnet
                                                                                                                                 Black Bulgar

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