Today was my first outing with the Sussex Fungi Group over at Broadwater Warren, the RSPB Reserve just outside of Tunbridge Wells. It was a lovely, friendly and helpful morning, which was ideal for an almost complete beginner such as me. I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to identify the fungi I see in the woods, and have had some useful help, so it was high time I spent some time with some experts.
There were dozens of fungi that I’d not seen before, so it was quite an intense Sunday morning as I scribbled notes, took pictures and attempted to remember as much of the valuable insights as I could catch. There was a great clutch of Russulas, which I’ll write about in the future, together with a nicely diverse group, including fungi associated with mosses, fungi that live on other fungi:
the Earpick (Auriscalpium vulgare), a small fungus that grows on pine cones,
and several apparently rare Cortinarius species, including the poisonous Cortinarius rubellus (Deadly webcap)
and the rather spendid-looking Cortinarius violaceus (Violet webcap):
There’s another meeting of the Sussex Fungi Group next week, so I’d better do some revision before I go. That was an inspiring morning.