Sunday, 12 February 2012

So much to learn

An excerpt from the feature documentary by Louie Schwartzberg following notable mycologist, Paul Stamets, as he discusses the important role mushrooms play in the survival and health of the earth and human species.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Winter wanderings

On a cold, bright morning, as I wandered round the wood, not expecting to take many photos, I glanced down at the base of the hedge that runs along the back and spotted these gelatinous fungi, growing on a rotting length of wood.
The Jew's Ear fungus is smooth when fresh, but becomes hard and folded as it matures and dries out in dry weather. It is able to rehydrate when it rains and continue to shed spores. It likes damp woodland and is widespread in warmer parts of northern temperate zones.

There have been sightings of the barn owls hunting over the woodland. It would be good if they decided to become residents of out barn owl box.
A kestrel family were the first occupants and Roger Horne took this lovely photo of a chick, while it was being ringed. Last year I think the jackdaws got there first.
We shall see!