Posted by: Alan Kearsley-Evans | September 19, 2011

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

As if the cold, wind and rain weren’t enough to convince us that Summer is nearly over, the trees and the fungi are set into their autumn routine as well. I popped out to the Bulwark today to chat to some builders about repairing our track over the common. As I had spent the morning lost in spreadsheets doing my sums and planning next years budget, I took the opportunity to explore and try out our new camera. The bracken had turned its end of season rusty colour and dotted everywhere amongst the wet short grass were little gems of colour. Waxcaps!

These fantastic fungi generally appear at this time of year and are so called because of the waxy appearance of the tops of the mushroom. Most appear on grassland though some favour heathlands or even on sand dunes. Very often waxcaps will grow very happily on your front lawn so keep your eyes peeled and send us your picture and we will put them on the blog and on our facebook page!

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  1. Are these edible?

    • Hi Louisa,
      No these are not edible, disapointingly! If you are interested you could take a look at the Roger Phillips guide to mushrooms, really informative and clearly set out!


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