Forays Reports 2017 (in reverse order)
|2nd Spring Foray - Spa Ponds NR Forest Town Mansfield 13th May 2017
This was a well attended foray with 12 NFG members and 8 members of The Friends of Spa Ponds present. For most of our members it was a first visit to this site and we all enjoyed a pleasant morning here. The ponds lie at the bottom of a steepish slope of mainly deciduous trees on one side and mixed pine and deciduous on the far side of the pools. The river Maun flows by within yards of the ponds and gives an added interest.
The weather had continued very dry with cool winds, so we were uncertain of finding anything very much at all, though the site's being naturally rather damp gave us some hope of records. We identified 21 species by the end, which is really not bad given the adverse weather conditions of the last 6 weeks or so. Of the larger fungi seen, the ones attracting most attention were probably
Polyporus leptocephalus, Blackfoot Polypore;
Polyporus brumalis, Winter Polypore on fallen twigs; the bracket
Trametes ochraceous on birch branches and stump; and
Fuscoporia ferruginosus, Rusty Porecrust on the underside of a fallen rotten branch. On bramble stems
Kuehneola uredinis, Pale Bramble Rust, caught the attention with its bright golden yellow colour.
We became a bit scattered at one time, but some of us enjoyed (with a lens) the truly minute white cups of
Micropodia pteridina swarming on the black base of a dead bracken stem; while easier to spot if you look for it was the very common
Trochila ilicina, Holly Speckle, on old fallen holly leaves.
The most seldom recorded species was seen, alas, only by me on a decrepit oak leaf taken back for microscopy with the barbarous name
Repetophragma goidonichii. It is a hyphomycete with cigar-shaped,
6-septate, pale brown conidia with transparent tips. A first Notts record apparently.