Category Archives: Fungi

Autumnal fungi

A weekend trip out to Colt Crag Reservoir wasn’t exactly rewarding from a weather perspective, showers were insistently blowing in from the coast.  Now that autumn has turned up the wildlife spotting has shifted too.  No more (or few more) … Continue reading

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Normandy awakenings

A few hundred miles south from home and spring is well advanced.  The mornings were still frosty but the warmth of the February sun is noticeably hotter than in Northumberland.  So in the lanes that criss-cross the countryside the primroses … Continue reading

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Trying again

Autumn is a strange time of year throwing up some interesting combinations as plants try a second, fruitless flowering while berries hang in the hedgerows.  On a damp autumnal walk around the village yesterday white deadnettle, dandelion, bramble and hogweed … Continue reading

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New year winter wander

It’s been a gloomy December so as we enter January and 2013 we can only hope that the sunshine of new year’s day bodes well for the month to come.  Everything is still very wet underfoot and the river in … Continue reading

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In the Bocage

Parts of the Normandy countryside are defined by tiny fields reached along sunken trackways. As with all such pastoral landscapes it is in decline, fields are amalgamated and the lanes abandoned; useless to the modern scale of farm machinery. Still … Continue reading

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Normandy railway wanderings

A walk along an old railway near Coutances in Normandy was a chance to see a different autumn to that found in our more normal Northumberland.  There isn’t much different between the South of England and Normandy, perhaps even less … Continue reading

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A Stink in the Woods

The stinkhorn is amongst the most identifiable of British fungi. As its name would suggest, its odour is somewhat unpleasant and very distinctive. The mature fungus smells of rotting flesh and can be detected from a few metres distance; the … Continue reading

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