A spreadsheet has been set up to collect together the fungi seen on the Fungi Walks with reference to photos where available and based on Andy Overall's Fungi book available in the Park Visitor Centre. Spreadsheet link
Autumn Fungi Walk: 11th November
Impressive sun for our Fungi Walk after rain the day before, couldn't be better. Clifford Davy took us from The Grove to the area below the Rose Garden via the Western Arboretum before finishing on the south slope.
Clifford explained the two main types of fungi. Ascomycetes have the spores in the middle and shoot them through the skin whereas basidiomycetes drop the spores from gills or through pores.
We had many fine finds including yellow brain, velvet shank, young King Alfred's cakes and the notorious honey fungus before hitting the acid grassland. There we found large numbers of slender parasols before seeing a couple of different waxcaps including the honey waxcap.
Spring Fungi Walk: 22nd April
We welcomed Clifford Davy of Forest Foragers who led our Spring Fungi Walk. Starting in The Grove, we saw the remains of old chicken-of-the-woods and then Cliff cut through one of King Alfred Cakes to see the interior with its rings and saw where the scientific name came from Daldinia concentrica.
Pausing near the entrance to the garden centre we saw a living red oak and a dead hornbeam with Ganoderma resinaceum - quite a rarely reported fungus.
On the south slope we investigated more dead and dying trees with a Pedical Cup (Peziza micropus) on one of them.
Moving into the woodland below the middle path we looked a dead willow or poplar with several Giant Elm Brackets (Rigidoporus ulmarius) on it. Also present Tripe Fungus (Auricularia mesenterica) and the intriguing Eyelash Fungus (Scutellinia scutellata) pictured left. We finished the walk in the Anthill Meadow with some Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) popping up.
Spring may not be as productive as autumn for fungi, but Cliff showed us some great finds.
More pictures from the walk here. (with a couple of extra fungi spotted after the official end of the walk)
Professor Jeff Duckett led us on another exploration of the world of mosses and liverworts. The walk started well with a liverwort, Metzgeria furcata (left) with the enthusiastic group keen to see these bryophytes. It was a great to hear Jeff's explanation on how the mosses and liverworts cope with drying out.
One moss found was later in the walk is known for growing after fires called Funaria hygrometrica.
A full list of all the species found was provided by Jeff and can be found here.
More pictures from the walk can be found here.
The report of the walk two years ago is just below.
Huddling in the protection of the Palm Court entrance with Storm Dennis bringing rain, we hoped that a few people would turn up for the walk. In fact an impressive 16 people met to listen to Professor Jeff Duckett explain about Bryophytes (Mosses and Liverworts).
In vain we at looked bonfire sites which can be good for mosses, but apparently the Park had done too good a job clearing up!
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2019
We were very lucky that Sylvia Starshine stepped in to lead our Autumn Fungi Walk. We were fully booked and everyone turned up on day with weather that was less than inspiring. We started in gentle drizzle and ended in quite strong rain.
Thanks again to Sylia for leading walk and providing a list (and a lot of pictures) of all the fungi she has seen while researching the walk.
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2018
This year's expedition in search of mushrooms and toadstools was a tale of two halves weatherwise. After an intro to the world of fungi by Andy in the Park Visitor Centre, we set out in the dry....
Spring Fungi Walk, 2018
During the walk, we were encourage to sniff some of the Fungi as this can be valuable tool in identification.
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2017
A cloudy day, but fine for our Autumn Fungi Stroll led as ever by Andy Overall. We met up in the Park Information Centre where Andy gave us an overview of some of the most deadly fungi to avoid. He also gave us a look his new book coming out shorty - a hefty tome full of pictures of fungi found in urban situations. More info on the book here.
We paused by the dead oak opposite the Park Information Centre and inspected the growth of the Smokey Bracket.
Walking towards the Palace, we happened upon some edible treats, the Field Blewits.
We did a circuit of the Western Arboretum not seeing many fungi although we did spot an Iodine Bonnet.
Back to the entrance of The Grove we had a couple of last discoveries including a Snowy Waxcap.
Spring Fungi Walk 2017
After a month of dry weather, hopes for our Fungi Walk were not that high.....
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2016
Foreboding skies greeted the Fungi Hunters - so after a brief introduction in the Park Information Centre and hoping that the rain would hold off, we headed out lead by Fungi Guru, Andy Overall.
Two steps outside and straight away fungi were in evidence. Yellow Stainers - quite like nice mushrooms white with brownish gills - only problem NOT EDIBLE a quick introduction into the world of the difficulty of finding fungi to eat.... This fungus stains yellow when cut.
Moving towards the Garden Centre, we spotted some the Gardeners' favourite, Honey Fungus. What was particularly interesting was seeing the white traces of the spores on the leaves. (pictured)
Spring Fungi Walk, 2016
Spring you might think is not the season for fungi. With a light frost in the morning after some recent rain there had been a slow down in fungi coming out, but we were in luck for our Sunday stroll.
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2015
An overcast and gloomy Sunday afternoon for our Autumn Fungi Walk lead by Andy Overall. We met up by the still fruiting Pluteus aurantiorugosus, a spectacular red/orange shield fungus on a well-decayed ash log.
Andy showed some examples of different fungi (from Hampstead Heath and Regents Park) before we set off on our hunt.
A delicate Firerug Inkcap (picture) was one the first fruiting bodies to attract our attention as we walked along the Lower Road before cutting up to the grassland above.
A White Saddle fungus was one of more unusual fungi that we encountered.
Spring Fungi Walk, 2015
Our Spring Fungi Walk began with low expectations as not much fungi had been seen in the Park recently. However we hoped that the recent rain would encourage some new growth.
Mario produced some samples of St George's Mushroom which is edible and which we hoped to find as we had done last year. No luck on the walk...
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2014
Spring Fungi Walk 2014
Rain and wind as the walk started then the skies cleared for a while and we intrepid 15 even had some sun.
The question kept coming... "Can you eat this?" The answer was always "NO" The answer was always "NO" which was disappointing as one of target species was the edible St George's mushroom.
Then danger struck, we disturbed a bee's nest so some careful avoidance strategies were brought into action. (No serious casualties!)
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2013
Spring Fungi Walk 2012
Thirty people turned up for the Fungus Foray on a dull Saturday morning, led by Ted Tuddenham.
Ted first explained the basics about fungi – they are more closely related to animals than plants for example. He also talked of the different times of year for collecting fungi. Autumn is usually the best (unless it’s dry!), but Spring can have several specialties of its own.
We first found some fungi near to the garden centre including some turkey tails and jelly ear (feels rubbery just like an ear). The names are great and the next to appear was witches butter. For Ted, though, the most outstanding part of our walk of discovery was finding many fungi that shouldn’t have been there at this time of year. Among these were the deceiver, orange grisette and wood blewit (a really good eating mushroom).
Ted also explained how fungi reproduce, and what part is what using his impressively vicious looking fungus knife.
Autumn Fungi Walk, 2011
We have found two large patches of Poplar Knight Tricholoma populinum that has only eight previously recorded sites in the UK. This is not in popular guides. The other rarity found has been Boletus legaliae - no official common name but False Satan's Bolete has been proposed.
Local mycologist Ted Tuddenham has identified some other finds from the grounds of Alexandra Park:
This first specimen looks like Griffola frondosa, Hen of the Woods; the second Ganoderma, possibly australis.
This suggests Coprinus micaceus Glistening Inkcap and this is Coprinus possibly atramentarius.
Slime Mold found in July 2011
Our Park Manager, Mark Evison, took this picture (July, 2011) of slime mould in the large wood chip pile.
Local mycologist Ted Tuddenham says: