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The Fungi Season Is Well Underway.

Updated on August 6, 2015

Notes from a Lancashire Countryman.

Here in Lancashire in the north west of England the fungi season is well underway. You can not go far without coming across fungi of one type or another and in a variety of habitat. In this hub I invite you to take a look at these species with the aid of photographs.

Many species of fungi are only known by Latin names, thus only a relative few have English names. Where these are applicable they will be named. However, I hope they can be enjoyed for what they are weird and wonderful growths. If any hubber is knowledgeable, in the identification of any of the species that are not named, I would be grateful to be educated.

Bollete

This is a type known as Bolete. photograph by D.A.L.
This is a type known as Bolete. photograph by D.A.L.
Suede Bolete fungi. found in grassland.Photograph by D.A.L.
Suede Bolete fungi. found in grassland.Photograph by D.A.L.
Photographed in woodland by D.A.L.
Photographed in woodland by D.A.L.

The photograph below is of the common ink cap. The liquid from the fungi was once collected and used as ink. Hence the common name.

Common Inkcap

Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L. Note where the  slugs have broken the surface.
Photograph by D.A.L. Note where the slugs have broken the surface.
The same fungi photographed from below.
The same fungi photographed from below.

Young Fly Agaric

The young Fly Agaric photographed below is in its early stage of development. The cap will expand as it matures. This species is often depicted in children's story books as the one associated with fairies.

Young Fly Agaric and other Fungi

Fly Agaric-Photograph by D.A.L.
Fly Agaric-Photograph by D.A.L.
Growing on dead wood. photograph by D.A.L.
Growing on dead wood. photograph by D.A.L.
Funnel type under holly. Photograph by D.A.L.
Funnel type under holly. Photograph by D.A.L.
Wrinkled club fungi grows in colonies especially under coniferous trees. Photograph by D.A.L.
Wrinkled club fungi grows in colonies especially under coniferous trees. Photograph by D.A.L.
Grassland this fungi was growing near cat's ear foliage. Photograph by D.A.L.
Grassland this fungi was growing near cat's ear foliage. Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Woodland . photograph by D.A.L.
Woodland . photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.

Finally, below are photographs of the fungi known as Dryad's Saddle in various stages of development.

Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.
Photograph by D.A.L.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      jondwilliams, thank you for taking the time to comment. Wish you luck with your hunting for the elusive few.Best wishes to you.

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      johndwilliams 6 years ago from Essex England

      Great photos and a super Hub - I hunt for mushrooms too - I have still to find a batch of Cep (Boltes) Penny Buns or Poricninis... been hunting these for 2 yeas now without success...

      Thanks for a great hub!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Thank you to everyone who have taken the time to comment on THE FUNGI SEASON IS WELL UNDER WAY, THEY ARE MUCH APPRECIATED.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, thank you once again for visiting and for your kind comments. Best wishes to you.

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      CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

      The fruiting bodies of those industrious mats give us more then most know.. they provide beauty - tasty additions to meals and more importantly they are hard working recyclers.. you have beautiful pictures...simply awesome. thanks for this post!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Tamarajo, some fungi are known to have health benefits as you say but many are very poisonous and great care is needed when choosing them for culinary or medicinal purposes. Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to comment. best wishes to you.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      impressive fungus photos. my favorite is the one that looks like a wreath of mushrooms around the tree stump.

      We have one here called Hen of the Woods. It looks similar to a brain and grows on the north side of oaks. It is edible and believed to contain cancer fighting chemicals. Sold on the Internet for about $21.00 a pound.

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving your kind and appreciated,comments. I will be over to see your hub soon.Best wishes to you.

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Spectacular! I just wrote a hub about the healthy benefits from different types of mushrooms. Wish we had more here in the US. When I lived in S. Korea - the market had every kind. Always fresh and excellent.

      Great to meet you. I'm bookmarking this because the pictures are so great. Thanks a million. Rated way up!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      HI Darski nice to hear from you. Thank you for leaving your kind comment. Love to you and Sherry hope all goes well for you both.

      drbj, thank you too, for your appreciated comments. Best wishes to you.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Amazing and interesting photos, DAL, as always. Thank you.

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