Thorpeness walk and a rare fungi, 8 January 2023

Red-belted Bracket is a rare fungus in the UK with most records from Scotland. It is also one I've wanted to see for some while. Fortunately Vicky Rusby had found it on the edge of North Warren about a week previously and kindly gave me a grid reference. Readers of this blog will know that Belinda and I do a lot of walking in that area and now I had the excuse for another one! 

Strangely enough we bumped into Vicky not far from the spot and she gave me some verbal directions which enabled us to find it more easily. And what a stunner it was - there being several fruiting bodies along one large rotting birch log. It wasn't the only fungi seen, on the walk we also clocked up Blushing Bracket, Netted Crust, Yellow Brain, Birch Polypore, Silverleaf Fungus, Russet Toughshank and the lovely Oakmoss Lichen

There was also some bird action of interest with a very early booming Bittern on North Warren, Great White Egrets on North Warren and Thorpeness Meare, c60 White-fronted Geese, many hundreds of Barnacle Geese and a Marsh Harrier on the main open marsh at North Warren with Bearded Tit, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk and Green Woodpecker also recorded.

                                                                                                                          Red-belted Bracket

                                                                                                                                Silverleaf Fungus
                                                                                                                                     Yellow Brain
                                                                                                                                Blushing Bracket
                                                                                                                               Oakmoss Lichen
                                                                                                                                  Netted Crust


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