Saturday, 16 October 2010

Fungi at Rupert's Wood

Rupert's Wood, a mixed woodland including some ancient trees, is little more than four miles to the north of my home in Redesdale. The wood is owned by Lord Redesdale and occupies some thirty-one hectares enclosed by a dry-stone wall.

A view of Rupert's Wood, taken on an earlier visit

The wood is home to a stone-lined pond dating from the mid-nineteenth century, reputedly used in the past for swimming. Its best use today is as a mirror, providing some wonderful autumn reflections and reminding me of Escher's Three Worlds lithograph ...


Rupert's Wood is an excellent site for fungi and several pictured during an earlier visit can be found here. During my visit this week I found others, including two new to me comprising this Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus) ...


... and this cluster of Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis), growing on the decaying wood of a deciduous tree ...


Despite it being a sunny autumn day, there was not enough light to take pictures amongst the undergrowth in the deeper parts of the wood, at least not without using my camera's flash ...

Yellow Staghorn (Calocera viscosa)

The Sickener (Russula emetica)

Coral Spot (Nectria cinnabarina) : The soft cushion-like pustules of the conidial (pre sexual) stage

I also found this Birch Polypore or Razorstrop Fungus (Piptoporus betulinus), a more mature example than that found at Sutton Hoo and shown in my previous piece ...


Finally, this view showing upland Northumberland at its best, looking north from Rupert's Wood, across Upper Redesdale towards the hills of the Scottish border ...

5 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Excellent collection of fungi Emma.
Love the name 'The Sickener'. Certainly a warning there.

Brian Robson said...

A stunning area Emma, and a few new funghi species for me

PCF said...

Nice to see you back on the scene and love that reflections shot.
As for Bluetails, I suspect anywhere more than a mile inland is unlikely to receive a visit but you should be seeing the first winter thrushes by now.

ADRIAN said...

A really grand set here. Thank you.

kirstallcreatures said...

A lovely selection of pics Emma, the reflection pic is beautiful. I too found my first Stinkhorn not so long ago, its always nice to see something that's easily identified! Linda