Fruitful Fungi Foray

Over the weekend we had our fungi foray event, with Richard Smith leading a group of 18 into the slightly damp (would’ve been better if it had been damper!) Levenmouth Woods looking for any mushrooms, bracket fungus or slime moulds we could see.

The hunt started off well as Richard pointed out some fungi in the car park at Findatie, demonstrating a Fairy Ring of Brown Rollrims.

He also explained that certain fungi will be found in certain habitats, so it can be useful to look at the surrounding vegetation in order to identify a mushroom.

Once we were into the woods it didn’t take long before we’d found some typical species. And what could be more typical in a Silver Birch forest that Birch Polypore? If you look closely you can see all the pores that the spores come from. In other species, they have the typical gills that the spores fall from.


Birch Polypore – Piptoporus betulinus

The next species was a slightly more typical mushroom shape: Stinkhorn, and boy does it stink! There were plenty flies attracted to this one.


Stinkhorn – Phallus impudicus

We found many more species (I’ll post a full list at the end) but I’ll just highlight a few here with pics.

In total we had 36 species which is a very good number considering how dry it’s been recently. I suppose it helped that we had a good turn out so thanks to all that attended!

So as you’re walking about the reserve (or anywhere else) keep an eye out for the wee fungi that help to decompose everything; a key stage in the food chain. Without fungi it would take a very long time for things such as fallen trees to rot down into the soil.


And to finish, here’s the list:

Artist’s Fungus
Brown Birch Bolete
Field Mushroom
Tawny Grisette
Honey Fungus
Common Inkcap
Hoof Fungus
Parrot Waxcap
Sulphur Tuft
Torn Fibrecap
Alder Bracket
Amethyst Deceiver
Rufous Milkcap
Birch Milkcap
Giant Funnel
Puffball sp.
Mycena sp.
Brown Rollrim
Birch Polypore
Velvet Shield
Butter Cap
Ochre Brittlegill
Crab Brittlegill
Common Earthball
Hairy Bracket
Grey Knight
Clustered Toughshank
Magic Mushroom
Herald of Winter
White Fibrecap
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