At Boundary Way we are continuing our work to learn more about the natural heritage of the allotment and that means taking time to notice the changes in the Community Garden through the seasons. It was exciting that on our last fungi hunt we came across several new types of fungi and also some different variations of some old friends, this winter has certainly been an interesting one so far for fungi. Warmer than average temperatures and the hot summer we experienced this year have shifted the patterns of the mushrooms and when they are appearing in the ground, and so are showing us the first hand effects that climate change is having on our natural environment. It is important to keep this in mind when getting excited over the spotting of fungi and to ask the question, why are you here right now – is it this mushroom’s season or is there something deeper happening?
We are yet to identify any of these mushrooms that we found on our walk, but crucially spent time documenting them and noting their locations for future reference. As pictured above, this spotty earthstar-esque fungi really caught our attention as something we had never seen before. The Community Garden is constantly full of an abundance of different earthstar mushrooms, however we are unsure as to if this is just one of those with perhaps a different aspect to it or if it has been infected in this warmer weather. Tune into all of our social media to keep updated!
This little guy pictured above was the first fungi of the day that was found and was only about the height of a two pence piece! Perhaps another Scurfy Twiglet, can you identify it?
A beautiful orange-yellow bracket fungus has appeared on some of the fallen branches on the pathway up to the Community Garden and it was lovely to see such bright colours. This is a bracket fungus of some description, again we will keep you updated when we find out more. One that we can be certain of however is the fungus below, which is known as King Alfred’s Cakes due to its resemblance to a burnt bun. We have found many a King Alfred’s cake on this stump in our woodland pathway adjacent to the sensory garden and it was a delight to see that they keep returning and thriving here.
Have you found any fungi in your local habitats or in your garden? If so we’d love for you to send us your pictures to our email firstname.lastname@example.org.