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Trooping Funnel

Trooping Funnel (Infundibulicybe geotropa)

Other names: monk’s head; giant funnel, rickstone funnel cap

When to see: September-December

This common mushroom, with a typical mushroom smell, is found in mixed woodland, often in clearings. They are often found standing in ‘troops’ (straight lines/ranks or arcs) or in rings.

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Apple Day Fun 2022

Apple Day – fun all day!

Another good time with a great community feel was had yesterday in the Breamish Hall, celebrating Apple Day 2022.

A steady trickle of people came along to the village hall to enjoy:

  • apple pressing (with lots of apples provided, so anyone could have a go)
  • printing with apples
  • the longest apple peel competition
  • apple bobbing
  • craft stalls
  • light lunch of soup, bread rolls and apple-inspired cakes
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Porcelain Fungus

Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

Other names: slimy beech tuft, poached egg fungus

When to see: July-October


These delicate, semi-translucent white-ivory mushrooms are typically found on beech wood: dead trunks, fallen branches or dead branches on living beech trees. They are, therefore, saprophytes, i.e., obtaining their nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.

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The Smallest Room

A very old joke…

– What’s the smallest room in the world?

– A mushroom!

But what is a mushroom?

Mushrooms are neither plants (kingdom Plantae) nor animals (kingdom Animalia). They are fungi. What we typically recognise as a mushroom is the fruiting body of certain types of fungus. Mushrooms “live on land, in the water, in the air, and even in and on plants and animals. They vary widely in size and form, from the microscopically small to the largest organisms on Earth (at several square miles large)” (Keating, 2017). However, we commonly recognise them when they form above ground (e.g., on soil, in leaf litter, within blankets of moss) or on their food source (e.g., fallen tree branches, trunks of living trees).

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