This afternoon my younger brothers and I went up to our local ancient woodland on a fungi hunt!
We found loads of different types, colours, shapes and sizes of fungi and mushrooms, including some weird and wonderful species!
The amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) is a breathtaking mushroom that pops up from coniferous forest floors. The caps are a striking violet color in youth and are generally flat with a small indentation when the stem connects!
The yellow stagshorn is a brightly colored mushroom 🔥 similar to so-called coral mushrooms, but it differs from this group with its greasy texture.
It’s considered inedible due to its poor taste and gelatinous structure. Besides, it’s too small to make a decent meal!
We also got just a bit muddy trying to cross a boggy pond to get to an island with loads of fungi on it 🤦♀️
I was so excited to see how interested the boys were in the different species and how much fun they had spotting them! Getting children out for a fungi hunt definitely engages them and is a perfect idea to inspire a love for nature in more young people! 💚