We are a sharp eyed lot!
We are ending the season with some very interesting and exciting finds:-
An unassuming large, brownish/white mushroom at St Catherine’s Hill (Christchurch) has turned out to be a rare specimen (not our first from this location). It has been confirmed as Tricholoma focale , as described here:
And we were doubly lucky at our oldest haunt, a muddy Wareham Forest, a “weird curly brown thingy on a dead birch branch":-
turned out to be Macrothphula fistulosa var. contorta just like this one:-
and, what at first glance seemed to be a Death Cap was really the unusual Amanita gemmata (aka "Jewelled Amanita") – still very dangerous though!:-
Oh, and we did find a few winter chanterelles which we could eat!
(Photos by MV Pike - click on small images for a larger picture).