Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Spring Fungi

Bitter Oysterling

Turkeytail stump with Velvet shank on the top

White Dead Nettle

A trapped Dotted Border (I think)

Nothing Spring about the Borough woods this morning. It was cold, grey and foggy. No Chiffchaffs singing here. Spring has arrived on the more Southerly blogs with Dean having pics of Blackthorn and Lesser celandine in flower. Both these species are nowhere near flowering and the only flower in abundance is Dog's Mercury. I did find White dead nettle in flower which is a little underated but very common. Lots of fungi along the riverbank with the best being Bitter Oysterling (Panellus stipticus). I took a picture of a colourful stump completely covered in Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor) with the remains of Velvet shank (Flammulina velutipes) on the top. Only bird of note was a Marsh Tit. The moth is I believe a worn Dotted Border which was in a spiders web at the foot of an Alder.


Anonymous said...

Correct id with the Dotted Border, Nigel.
That Bitter Oysterling looks an interesting species.

It doesn`t feel like spring at the moment, more akin to November.

abbey meadows said...

Thanks for that Dean. The Oysterling is edible but bitter as the common name implies.