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Foray into fungi

b12-1240 Seasonal array of fungi at the RSPB reserve in Potton.

The red variety with spots are known as Amanita muscaria

b12-1240 Seasonal array of fungi at the RSPB reserve in Potton. The red variety with spots are known as Amanita muscaria


Visitors to a nature reserve kept their eyes on the ground.

The RSPB reserve in Sandy held another of its Fungi Forays on Sunday, November 4.

More than 40 people braved the wet weather to search for hundreds of species with expert, Alan Outen.

Fungi are the fruiting bodies of a plant living in concealment, with threads covering large distances underground.

They spread by shedding fungal spores, transported on air currents or in the wind.

They produce huge quantities of spores and millions of these can be shed hourly.

Fungi are the only organisms, aside from a few bacteria, that can decompose dead wood and they are natural recyclers in the forest.

Most fungi appear in late summer and autumn and require a good level of moisture to be able to grow so crops vary from one year to the next depending on conditions.

More than 700 species have been recorded at The Lodge reserve.

Click on the link to the right to see a gallery of pictures.

 

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