Hargham Heath, 31 August 2023

Hargham Heath is a completely new spot for me but it seemed like a good place to explore as I was out near Attleborough on a work visit. 

It didn't disappoint either - the mix of oak, beech, birch and hazel woodland was rather nice and it yielded a few good fungi too. Top of the rarity list was another Brownflesh Bracket, considering there were only 7 county records I've now found it in 2 places within a week. The same birch woodland held Hoof Fungus, Birch Polypore, Yellowing Curtain Crust, Turkeytail, Blushing Bracket and a lovely Suede Bolete which I brought home to check. On the bank of a track I found an odd-looked helvella (saddle fungus) species which didn't match anything in the books as it has a chunky, grooved stipe that fits White or Elfin Saddle but with a brown cap that fits neither! Elastic Saddle has a brown cap but the stipe on that is thin. The first photos below show the specimen which I think is probably a young dark White Saddle but I plan to take it to a foray tomorrow for a 2nd opinion! Also about the woods at Hargham I found Ivory Woodwax, Collared Parachute, Russet Toughshank, Haresfoot Inkcap, Tawny Grisette, Common Stinkhorn, Oakbug Milkcap and Amethyst Deceiver.

Away from fungi I also found the pale grey Tree Slug and the ground beetle Calathus fuscipes, both new to me.   

All in all a very pleasant lunch stop!

                                                                                                                     odd White Saddle - probably

                                                                                                                                   Ivory Woodwax

                                                                                                                                Collared Parachute
                                                                                                                               Brownflesh Bracket
                                                                                                                                  Hoof Fungus
                                                                                                                               Russet Toughshank
                                                                                                                              Tawny Grisette
                                                                                                                                Suede Bolete
                                                                                                                                   Oakbug Milkcap
                                                                                                                                  Blushing Bracket
                                                                                                                                    Tree Slug

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