Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Golden Scalycap

Golden Scalycap (Pholiota aurivella)

My reference books describe this species as occasional and more frequent in the South. I find these annually around the woods in Morpeth. The most spectacular ones grow at the bottom of someones garden beside Morpeth Common at the foot of a Beech stump. A bit of sunshine would do this lovely species justice. Other things around Morpeth have been Speckled Wood butterflies in large numbers on almost every bit of woodland edge and Kingfisher(s) at Oliver's Mill and Oldgate first sighting on the river in Morpeth for nearly 2 years.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Autumn ground colour

Golden Waxcap (Hygrocybe chlorophana)...Monks Ridge, Morpeth

Autumnal Crocus (Crocus nudiflorus)...Whorral bank

Brick Tuft (Hypholoma lateritium),,,Abbey Gate

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)...Bluebell woods, Bees go in striped and come out of the flower white

Slime mould (probably Fuligo septica), orange form/stage...Carlisle Park

Plenty of colour this time of year with bright berries and changing leaves but sometimes to get the best out of our local wildlife you have to get on your hands and knees to appreciate the colour and texture of our least popular or observed species.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Pale Brittlestem

Pale Brittlestem (Psathyrella candollenna) lawn

Elder Whitewash (Hyphodontia sambuci)...Postern woods

Trooping Funnel (Clitocybe geotropa)...Postern woods

Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)...Wanney line

Monday, 15 September 2014

Late summer colour

Late summer colour at Pegswood Moor

Hoary Plantain (Plantago coronopus) Pegswood Moor

Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) garden lawn

Lemon Disco (Bisporella citrina) Carlisle Park

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Blackstonia perfoliata (Yellow Wort)

Frosted Orache (Atriplex laciniata)

Blackstonia perfoliata, Yellow wort is at its Northern limit in Northumberland and is hard to come by except at Hauxley nature reserve where it grows in their hundreds. A late flowerer there were still a lot of flowering plants last week. On the beach was a clump of Atriplex laciniata, Frosted Orache growing in a precarious position on the shore at Hauxley. I first came across this plant growing at the Chibburn mouth in 1974 and then again 10 years later at Chevington burn mouth in Druridge bay but not seen it since. I believe the plant shows itself some years as it grows on the foreshore and is vulnerable to shifting sands.