The leaf litter under Lancing Clump made a sodden carpet through which scores of large Agaricus mushrooms were scattered.
Report with Images.
|This mushroom came so easily out of the ground that at first I thought it had a volva, but there was earth on the base of the stipe. This is probably an Agaricus with a cap diameter of at least 12 cm.||The
mushrooms (left) in situ.
The base of the stipe could be described as turni-shaped.
|The Parasol mushroom in the leaf litter showing the gills||This
is the small meadow mushroom with a concave cap that was about 35 mm in
diameter. Its identity has not been researched yet.
On possibility is the Cuphophyllus pratensis (=Hygrocybe).
|This is the a very common
small bracket fungi that covers rotten logs in shaded dark places.
This are the first photographs (with corrected colours).
This small (25 mm cap diameter) mushroom in the following images was seen in the meadows.
It looks past its best and it has not been identified.
20 October 2004
After the recent rain, the western slopes of Lancing Ring were so slippery that walking was much slower than usual with ordinary flat soled shoes and not proper walking boots.
were handful small (up to 20 mm cap diameter) white mushrooms (note that
the gills are not decurrent which have been noticed on some Shoreham specimens)
and one smaller brown mushroom amongst the grasses as the first spots of
rain began to fall. At first sight, both these mushrooms seem to be the
same as the ones previously found on the lower
Hill. However, on a closer a look the
white mushroom lacks a ring around the stem which is present on the previous
Mill Hill mushrooms. However, the white
species from lower slopes of Mill Hill later today also lacked the
white ring. There is no picture of the brown specimen from the western
The photograph on the right was a fungus noticed on the stump propping up a stile.
are two species in the photographs immediately above, the first two have
been photographed before and they could be Mycena growing
on the logs in the wooded area at the top of McIntyre's Field.
The image on the right was of a different species on a different rotten log. They look like the Glistening Ink Cap, Coprinus micaceus. (These might be Common Ink Caps?)
A visit in the late afternoon produced a few additional fungi and some better photographs than the visit two days earlier:
Shaggy Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa, occurred in a handful of clumps at the base of large trees in the Clump itself. It was plentiful two days earlier.
This orangey-yellow sticky mushroom was also spotted two days earlier. It was found around the base and up the trunk of a few of the large trees. The identification is NOT confirmed.
This larger of these two mushrooms found at the base of a tree in the north-west of Lancing Clump was about 60 mm across.
These flat capped mushrooms appeared to be parallel with the grass, their short stems buried in the soil. Very late in the afternoon, the autumn light was very low in the sky and this created peculiar lighting conditions casting long shadows. The gills looked lighter than the photograph shows. They were comparable in size to the larger flat commercial mushrooms.
These mushrooms shared the same log as the fungi in the photograph directly underneath this one. Some were brittle and collapsed at the slightest touch, whereas one specimen was sturdy and this one may have been fresher. It was dark and dank on the sodden rotten log. Some of the same species had a much darker cap, brown in colour.
On an adjacent log to the mushrooms in the photograph immediately underneath, these ones were slightly larger estimated up to 25 mm across the cap.
The gloom (and the absence of flash) resulted in a poor photograph of these small mushrooms growing on a rotten log in the darkness from the canopy of leaves still on the trees just north of the seat at the top of McIntyres Field (north-west).
On a mild October day under an overcast sky, there was a typical and wide selection of the usual fungi from large to small mushroom and toadstools in the Beech wood at Lancing Clump and amongst the meadows.
This is the first time I have seen this small species in the chalk pit area of Lancing Ring. Notice the radial lines. Galerina ???
Another one from the Chalk Pit and not positively identified.
Could this be the same one as the previous species, from the Chalk Pit as well?
Shaggy Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa, from the beechwood of Lancing Clump.
Puff Balls from Lancing Clump wood
This is a largish specimen, about 9 cm in diameter. Could this be a Coprinus, an Ink Cap?
This is from the meadow near
the scrub, south-east of Lancing
Clump. It is small, about 35 mm in diameter and the cap was
This species has been identified as a species of Clitocybe possibly dealbata from specimens discovered near Mill Hill.
Very wet and sticky.
Is this the Golden Pholiota?
Amongst the leaf litter neat the trees on the Lancing Clump wood.
fungus growths of two different species were common on rotting logs
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