I was bumbling around on a short walk from the house to the nearby pond and walking past an established but small section of scrubby woodland when my eye was caught by a bright yellow blob in the shadows. So going off piste a little way I came to a mature Sessile Oak with this […]Read More Chicken of the Woods
What’s in a name? During my Walk around Coed Wern Ddu the other weekend I came across a group of green kidney shaped fungi growing in a regimented line on a fallen dead tree. After a little research I found them in my books (1,2) and identified them as Panellus serotinus, or the Olive Oysterling. My […]Read More Olive Oysterling – Panellus serotinus or Sarcomyxa serotina ?
A couple of weekends ago I took the opportunity to stroll through a small nature reserve close to home. It was once the site of a coal mine and later a clay pit, but work ceased many years ago. The old pit area is now filled with mixed deciduous woodland, and surrounded by Forestry Commission […]Read More Xylaria longipes – Dead Moll’s Fingers
Just outside the limits of the garden is a small roundabout that allows cars to turn around our small crescent, which has a couple of ornamental confiners, two silver birches and an ornamental plum. A couple of years ago we had to sit down on of the conifers after is was damaged in the snow […]Read More Turkeys on the grass