Exploring the Local Countryside - Fungi

Fly garic (photo taken by Kirsten O)
Our November walk turned into a fungus foray during which we found some 50 species. This  year has been a patchy one for fungi; some places have fared relatively well, others, less so. The long, hot and dry summer meant that some of the early species appeared later than usual...
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Walk at Farnham Heath

In October we went to Farnham Heath which was a new venue for us and proved to be a varied and interesting site. It was acquired by the RSPB in 2002 and is gradually being returned to heathland, to the benefit of all the species that live in this valuable...
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Exploring the Local Countryside 2018

shieldbug
Compton was the venue for the first Exploring the Local Countryside walk in early September. The route took us through woodland, fields and, finally, a quiet country road bordered by ditches full of lush vegetation. In the woodlands we saw various fungi, notably several species in the Russula (Brittle Gills)...
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Exploring the Local Countryside in June

Gold and black Sawfly
Our June walk was at Holmans Grove and provided a very upbeat end to the season. Wildflowers, birds and insects were all in good numbers and kept us busy all morning. It was a surprise to hear two nightingales still singing; possibly not good news for the nightingales as it...
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Exploring the Countryside at Ebernoe Common

Bugle-at-Ebernoe-2018
Our walk in May was at Ebernoe Common. The churchyard was awash with bluebells mixed with lady’s smock, a few cowslips and a handful of fritillaries. We were slightly early for the best of the flowers in the meadow but there was still much to look at and in addition...
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