Woodland colours.

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Another visit to the New Forest with the aim of looking at the forest floor to spot Mushrooms and fungi.

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Naming species remains an issue for me even with a couple guide books recently purchased but I am enjoying them for their beauty and a part of our Autumn. I have no the intention of adding any to my diet so any I do identify will be purely for interest and errors will not lead to a fatality.

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If you go down to the woods today.

My mushroom walk in the New Forest came up with some good spots this specimen I have seen it before and it is fairly common but I do not know what it is called. It looks a little like a chanterelle but I think they are more yellow in colour. Google search has failed to help and I will have to pick up a field guide.

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Pleurotus family?

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Bracket Fungi

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some more fungi.

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One I do know

One I do know a Porcelain Fungus found in Beechwoods. It starts to appears in late summer until late autumn on dead trunks and fallen branches, and occasionally it grows on dead branches high up in living trees. It is also named the ‘Poached Egg Fungus’ or ‘Slimy Beech Cap’. cap.jpg

Danger of death.

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I am using this Autumn to try and understand Mushrooms and Toadstalls a little more. Diet-wise I am not keen on Mushrooms so I am not looking to eat what I find just enjoy them in the natural environment and try to take some photographs of them.

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I found these Mushrooms in the New Forest in a habitat of mixed woodland. I believe it is a Mushroom which is called a Destroying angel. As its name suggests this Mushroom is very poisonous and in fact deadly.

Symptoms start a few hours after ingestion with vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains this can last for a few days, this is followed by what seems to be a full recovery for the next few days but ending in death from kidney and liver failure. The main poison, alpha amanatin, kills liver cells and passes through the kidneys to be recirculated and cause more damage. This deadly fungus has no known antidote.