South Norwich and Dunston Wood, 29 October 2023

A roadside nature reserve in the south part of Norwich has long been a site for the rare and rather strange fungus Sandy Stiltball. Having only seen the species once and never at this site I learned that 3 were 'up' so ventured along on Sunday for a look. They're not small so proved an easy find with a few other bits of interest along the same stretch of banked verge namely - Pale Poisonpie, Scaly Wood Mushroom, Ivory Woodwax, Wood Blewit and Witches Butter. A Beefsteak fungus was on an oak trunk just over the road. 

With time on my side I then went for a wander in nearby Dunston Wood which is around the back of Dunston Hall. Initially I didn't find much but then hit some hot spots with Wood Cauliflower, Dog Stinkhorn, Stinkhorn, Chicken-of-the-Woods, Tawny Funnel, Sulphur Knight, Alder Bracket, Sulphur Tuft, Brick Tuft, Birch Polypore, Coral Spot, Candlesnuff and Sycamore Tar Spot.

After a pretty grim couple of days personally it was good to get a bit of natural therapy. 

                                                                                                                                Sandy Stiltball
                                                                                                                             Ivory Woodwax
                                                                                                                           Scaly Wood Mushroom

                                                                                                                                  Pale Poison Pie
                                                                                                                              Wood Blewit
                                                                                                                            Tawny Funnel
                                                                                                                             Dog Stinkhorn
                                                                                                                                Alder Bracket
                                                                                                                                  Wood Cauliflower
                                                                                                                                     Brick Tuft
                                                                                    Chicken-of-the-Woods, well past the edible stage!


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