Tagged with: Fungi

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  1. Despite the cooler weather, fungi are still going strong and the constant flow of fungi photos to our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group is testament to that. A scientist has just discovered a rare fungi living in a Worcestershire garden - the powdercap strangler. Only found in a handful of locations around the UK, this parasitic fungus is actually an outgrowth, or gall on another fungus - the earthy powdercap (Cystoderma amiathinum). I recently blogged about a fungi experience I had when I was lucky enough to be part of the audience for the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Living World - recorded at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. You can currently listen again to this programme all about fungi and waxcap grasslands on BBC i-Player.

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  2. Despite a chill in the air, autumn is a great time for nature and not everything migrates or runs for cover. Beneath the damp, decaying leaves lie fungi in a variety of shapes, sizes and vibrant colours. Yesterday I attended a fungi walk at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, followed ...

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  3. We're in for a bit of a soaking shortly as low pressure winds up in the Atlantic. It's great news for all the surfers in Wales though as we're in for some big waves and offshore winds over the next few days, with more unsettled weather arriving next week. Apologies if you don't surf. My advice - invest in a large umbrella or stay indoors ;) Hopefully we'll have a bit of sunshine in between though and the winds are expected to lighten for Saturday. One man's pain is another man's pleasure I guess...which leads me nicely on to golf. I really hope the Ryder Cup gets under way before the stormy weather arrives as it would be a real shame if the event was a wash out, so fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. Take a look at our Ryder Cup website for some alternative perspectives on the tournament. One species however that is enjoying the milder, wetter weather is fungi - and they are absolutely everywhere at the moment! Mike Warburton sent in this lovely shot of a fly agaric mushroom to our Flickr group: I've put together a fungi gallery featuring some of the more amazing looking mushrooms and fungi that have been submitted to our Flickr group. I'll add more soon, so don't despair if yours hasn't been featured yet. I've had to be quite picky as there are so many fungi images to choose from so keep them coming and remember - I can only use landscape style shots in the gallery (horizontal rather than vertical). Thanks Gull

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  4. They may look like something out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory but these stunning and rare waxcap fungi are a fairly regular sight at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Image courtesy of the National Botanic Garden of Wales: On Saturday 7 November, staff have organised a guided walk through the Waun Las National Nature Reserve, where the waxcaps flourish. This time of year, you'll find colourful waxcap fungi and colourful foliage across a network of small copses. The National Botanic Garden's 440-acre organic working farm was designated a National Nature Reserve by the Countryside Council of Wales in 2008. The walk starts at 2pm and is being led by Bruce Langridge. If the rain continues, it may be muddy in places... Tel: 01558 668768 Email: info@gardenofwales.org.uk Brush up on your fungi facts before you go: Waxcaps on the BBC Wales nature Flickr group Fungi video and article on BBC Wales Nature Waxcap gallery on the Guardian website

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  5. Last Friday I asked you all to get out there and film some fungi. It was a quiet weekend so what the heck?! ;) They may not be the most exciting things in the world to film but at least they don't move! If you've seen one moving, please stop reading this and go straight to your local GP. It also makes a nice change to see them in their natural habitat (which you don't always get from a photo), especially if it's a macro shot. As I suspected, Gale 'queen of fungi' from our BBC Wales Flickr group has pipped everyone to the post and submitted our very first clip: Clip 2: I think this is bleeding tooth fungus. Can anyone confirm? Keep sending them in to Flickr. Thanks Gull

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  6. I've laid down the gauntlet. Now it's up to you to respond... See what you can film over the next week or so and send them in to our Flickr group. I reckon the 'Queen of Fungi' - Gale, could come up trumps on this one! She's submitted some fabulous photos over the years. Take a look at her fungi photo set for inspiration. I'll be featuring the best ones in this blog as we go. And just a word of warning - don't physically touch any fungi that you film, unless you really know what you're doing as there are many poisonous varieties out there! Happy hunting Gull

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  7. Tune in to Radio Wales on Friday, 9 Oct from 2pm onwards to catch up with Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble as he chats about a fungi walk in the National Botanical Gardens, the world conker championships (we have a Welsh entrant this year!) and a new book about the birds of Glamorgan. Too busy to listen to the whole programme? Here's a handy break down: 2.15pm: Tim Bevan, the estate manager of the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire chats about the Waun Las National Nature Reverse which surrounds the Garden's formal areas and is made up of 400 acres of field, marsh and woodland. The area is being farmed organically and includes several species of fungi as well a series of walks designed to showcase them. 2.30 - 2.30pm: The World Conker Championships take place on Sunday near the ancient market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. The organiser, John Hadman will be chatting to Roy as well as the only Welsh competitor - Andrew Mayes from Ammanford. Andrew is entering for the 6th time and is hoping for success, as in it's 45 year history there has never been a Welsh winner! 3.00 - 3.30pm: Roy will be talking to Richard Smith about the best places to find both common and exotic birds in Glamorgan so have your binoculars at the ready. I'll be featuring Roy's programme whenever he covers nature and outdoor topics from now on, so keep an eye out for more features coming soon. Gull Listen Live on the Radio Wales website National Botanical Gardens

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  8. Tune in to Radio Wales on Friday, 9 Oct from 2pm onwards to catch up with Radio Wales presenter Roy Noble as he chats about a fungi walk in the National Botanical Gardens, the world conker championships (we have a Welsh entrant this year!) and a new book all about the birds of Glamorgan. I'll be featuring Roy's programme whenever he covers nature and outdoor topics from now on, so keep an eye out for more features coming soon. Gull Listen Live on the Radio Wales website National Botanical Gardens

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  9. With it raining so much this Autumn, it's been a good year for fungi - and there are loads around at the moment. Fungi are really interesting to find and I'm always intrigued by the array of shapes and sizes they come in. I recently found a whole lot of large fungi around a tree - which ...

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