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Cuckoo Spit

Cuckoo spit! Really?

They seem to be everywhere at the moment – those frothy, white globules sticking to grasses in the countryside and on your treasured garden plants. They really do look as if someone’s spat on the grass…yuck! But was it really a cuckoo?

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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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