Broadland CP, Kelling and a rare visit to Cley, 26 August 2023

A long day out visiting a number of spots and a nice social to finish things off.

My first stop on a day north of the city was Broadland CP (aka Horsford Woods!) for a fungi foray. Jeremy had tipped me off about some fungi there so I headed to the spot he'd pinpointed. A little gate-jumping later and I found what I was looking for - the rather splendid Ghost Bolete, growing under birches on the edge of the heath. This species is very similar to both Birch Bolete and Leccinum cyaneobasileucum with the latter also having dark and light forms so id is not straightforward (when is it ever with fungi?!). The photos below show the pale and dark ones I found to illustrate the point. 

                                                                                                                                     Ghost Boletes

Also there is  agood mooch about I found loads of Snowy Inkcaps emerging from dried animal dung, Ochre Brittlegill, Tawny Grisette, Purple Swamp Brittlegill, a couple of bracket fungi yet to be id'd and a dried up woody bolete with a really chunk stipe that was probably Cep. A fly-over Crossbill was also rather pleasing as was an almost black Bank Vole.

                                                                                                                                Snowy Inkcap
                                                                                                                         Purple Swamp Brittlegill

I then headed up to the coast and after popping into Cley Spy to drop off an unwanted tripod for them to sell for me I made my way to Kelling and a date with a rather special plant - Yellow Star Thistle. I found it easily in a field not far from the coast road along with masses of Alsike Clover and Red Clover, Fodder Vetch, Sainfoin and Tall Melilot. While I was nearby it would have been amiss not to call in to Cley so I did just that and had a walk along East Bank. I found the long-staying Long-billed Dowitcher amongst the many Black-tailed Godwits on Arnold's Marsh plus 1 Greenshank, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Knot, 3 Avocet, 5 Dunlin and 6 Curlew. On the Serpentine were 4 Snipe and on Snipes Marsh a Green Sandpiper. Both Bearded Tit and Reed Warbler were along the East Bank too. 

                                                                                                                                   Yellow Star Thistle
                                                                                                                                    Tall Melilot
                                                                                                                                   Alsike Clover
                                                                                                                                Fodder Vetch

Heading back towards Norwich a quick call in a Buxton Heath resulted in a new insect for me in the form of Heather Mining Bee plus Tawny Grisette, Birch Milkcap, loads of Devil's-bit Scabious and curiously Himalayan Honeysuckle in the carpark. 

                                                                                                                              Heather Mining Bee
                                                                                                                            Tawny Grisette
                                                                                                                            Devil's-bit Scabious
                                                                                                                           Birch Milkcap
                                                                                                                         Himalayan Honeysuckle

One final call was a house call at Jeremy and Vanna's where J showed me some plants on his allotment - Thorn Apple was the main reason but Maple-leaved Goosefoot, Henbane and Tree Spinach were also very nice. We finished drinking tea and catching up at chez Bartlett while the heavens opened outside!       

                                                                                                                           Thorn Apple
                                                                                                                        Maple-leaved Goosefoot

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