Buxton and Marsham Heaths, 29 January 2023

A largely grey Sunday but the sun did come out right at the end of our 10km walk around these 2 heaths. Parking at Buxton Heath we walked north in an anti-clockwise loop along a mixture of heath and mixed woodland paths and tracks. 

Examination of some pony dung on Buxton Heath revealed plenty of Nail Fungus, a couple of Dung Roundheads and some Green Elfcup with a single male Stonechat eyeing proceedings. Great Wood to the north had some impressive Western Hemlock trees, a welcome area of greenery on such a grey day. I also managed to id the pixie-cup lichen Cladonia humilis plus another lichen Parmelia sulcata before we crossed the road and entered Marsham Heath. At Deadman's Hill we stopped for lunch and nearby had a nice patch of Purplepore Bracket growing typically on dead conifer wood, some Oak Barkspot, Black Bulgar, Blushing Bracket and several Hoof Fungi.

                                                                                                                                      Nail Fungus
                                                                                                                               Dung Roundhead
                                                                                                                                  Cladonia humilis

                                                                                                                               Purplepore Bracket
                                                                                   Oak Barkspot, Black Bulgar and Parmelia sulcata
                                                                                                                               Hoof Fungus
                                                                                                                            Western Hemlock


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