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Bracket Fungus (Photograph by Andy Horton)

Bracket Fungus, Ganoderma, at Lancing Clump
Photograph by Andy Horton (18 October 2003)

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Autumn 2004 Fungi of Mill Hill

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5 October 2005
There was one Agaricus mushroom in the spinney/wood to the east of Lancing Manor sports complex. 

4 August 2005
In the spinney to the east of McIntyres Field there was a group of Glistening Inkcap Mushrooms, Coprinus micaceus, and some greyish King Alfred's Cakes, Daldinia concentrica.

7 May 2005

This mushroom (with a cap diameter about the size of a commercial mushroom) was discovered in a patch of grass amongst Stinging Nettles on New Monks Farm at the Mash Barn Lane end. I forgot to examine its attachment point and I left this specimen in-situ as it began to rain. 
This mushroom is probably Bolbitius titubans.
Another example

March 2005
The mushrooms growing on a Silver Birch log in Ray Hamblett's back garden in south Lancing (TQ 186 044) were around for weeks before I discovered them. They were about the size of a commercial mushroom.

The underside lacks the gills of many of the familiar mushrooms and introduces me a different group of fungi with pores. This fungus was very tough and it occurred to me that it could be a species of Polyporus, which are reported as reasonably widespread and common. 
Polyporus of Adur

In the wood to the north-west of Lancing Manor there was a fallen log with a pale yellowish (topside) bracket fungi and King Alfred's Cakes, Daldinia concentrica.

8 February 2005
There was a large mushroom with a 20 cm (estimated) diameter on the grassland to the east of the bridge over Widewater Lagoon. Unfortunately it had been broken up. It looked like an unattractive specimen of an Agrocybe. It could have been an Agaricus


23 November 2004
On the lawn of a block of residential flats near Lancing railway station, two caps of the Parrot Wax Cap, Hygrocybe psittacina, were still seen. 

12 November 2004
The leaf litter under Lancing Clump made a sodden carpet through which scores of large mushrooms were scattered. They had a white stipe, a pronounced ring with membrane that occasionally touched the cap rim, and brown gills with a pale cream with brown blotched cap that measured up to 14 cm across. The stem when the vegetation was cleared seemed as long as the cap was wide. The stem detached quite easily. It seems to be a large species of Agaricus
Agaricus Agaricus

There was less fungi than last month: Pholiota were noted with wider caps than the earlier Shaggy Pholiota (unless this is another species), a dried out Parasol under the trees (they are usually in the meadows), a few Puff Balls, King Arthur's Cakes, bracket fungi and a few small brown-gilled meadow mushrooms.
Parasol in the leaf litter
The photograph in the top left is one of the Pholiotas. The stem is much thinner than found on most specimens of Shaggy Pholiota, but it is probably an older version of this species. The one below is a small mushroom (cap diameter about 30 mm) from the meadow. One specimen had a pronounced concave cap. The Parasol on the left is in the leaf litter and was not fruiting synchronously with the ones on the meadows, and past its best, and it may be one of the other species of Macrolepiota.
More Images

8 November 2004
Fircroft Avenue in north Lancing (road leads to Lancing Clump) produced a mixed selection of Pholiota and Common Ink Cap mushrooms. 
Fircroft Avenue, North Lancing
Common Ink Cap
Common Ink Cap

Photographs by Ray Hamblett

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4 November 2004
This small (25 mm cap diameter) mushroom in the following images was seen in the Lancing Clump meadows.

It looks past its best and it has not been identified. This mushroom is probably Bolbitius titubans.
Another example

Report and Photographs by Brenda Collins

3 November 2004
Generally, on lawns, on grass verges, under town trees and in flower beds, mushrooms proliferated and were certainly in much larger numbers than the dry summer and autumn of 2004. November is the best month, but without veering out of my way to look for them, the numbers and variety exceed my capacity to record and identify all of them.

The mushrooms were photographed and recorded on the following web page (click on the text below this line): 
Fungi of the Urban Adur Area in November 2004

Parrot Fungi (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)29 October 2004
The green mushroom (in the photograph on the right) found on a lawn near Lancing railway station has been identified by members of the Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group) as one of the wax caps, the frequently encountered Parrot Wax Cap, Hygrocybe psittacina. This is the first record on these web pages though. Although common it is small and merges so well in with the lawn and herbs that is inevitably missed by the casual passer-by. 

Wax Caps Page
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Photograph by Ray Hamblett24 October 2004
There was a variety of fungi on the Beech wooded verge of Manor Road adjacent to the park. A largish mushroom on a long stem was found amongst the grasses and a brown older one.
Link to the Photographs 

20 October 2004
It was dark under Beech canopy of Lancing Clump, where the most noticeable fungi were the Shaggy Pholiota

Shaggy Pholiota

Fungi Special Report

18 October 2004
It would need an experienced mycologist to identify the species of the fruiting bodies of the variety of mushrooms and toadstools on Lancing Clump and the numerous others that are found in the meadows.
At the foot of a large tree, probably Beech On a rotten log (probably Ink Cap mushrooms)

On a rotten log in a dark dank placeIf you want to try your hand at identification, the images can be found on the following web page. Click on the text and wait for the images to slowly appear.
Fungi Special Report

16 October 2004
On a mild October day under an overcast sky, there was a typical and wide selection of the usual fungi from large to small mushroom and toadstools in the Beech wood at Lancing Clump and amongst the meadows.

Fungi Special Report

7 October 2004
This large Agaricus mushroom in the leaf litter on Lancing Clump looked and smelt extremely appetising. The large cap, which was left in-situ, measured 14 cm in diameter. The stem did not seem to be robust enough for the edible Horse Mushroom, Agaricus arvenis, more like the nauseous (if eaten) Yellow Stainer, Agaricus xanthodermis
The ring matched that of the second mushroom. I could not do the yellow staining test because the stipe (stem) was in poor condition. As I was in doubt I decided not to eat it.
Wood Mushroom or Yellow Stainer?

Edibility was not the case of the handful of dried out Parasol, Macrolepiota procera,
mushrooms in the meadow which were already beginning to attract the flies:
The ring on the stalk

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30 September 2004

Parasol Mushrooms (Photograph by Brenda Collins)
Parasol (Photograph by Brenda Collins)

Some large fresh Parasol Mushrooms stood out in the Lancing Ring meadows. They were at least 25 cm in diameter. 

Report and Photographs by Brenda Collins

2 October 2004
A Wax Cap  is found on a Lancing lawn by the railway station in the centre of town (called a village). It was in its fresh orange condition before it gradually turns black. This was identified as Hygrocybe conica, the Blackening Waxcap

Blackening Waxcap (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

There were some blackened mushrooms at a later visit.

22 September 2004
Three unopened mushrooms were discovered on Malthouse Meadow, Sompting, on the edges of the long grass. These could be Leucoagaricus leucothites ?

29 August 2004
Not on Lancing Ring, but on a Lancing street grass verge, the following mushroom I have tentatively guessed it as a species of Agaricus but I have so often wrong with fungi, I hesitate to make any suggestions.

It is very like the Edible Mushroom, and could be the same species that was found on Mill Hill on 26 August 2004.
Earlier Report

Peziza vesiculosa (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)26 February 2004
The fungus Peziza vesiculosa was discovered on discarded hay at the western woodland margin of McIntyres Field, Lancing Ring Nature Reserve (east) about two-thirds of the way up the slope.
ID by Jean J Wuilebaut

Lancing Nature Notes (by Ray Hamblett)


14 December 2003 
Friends of Lancing Ring Christmas Walk  10:00 am
After the deluge of yesterday we were lucky to squelch through the mud of the meadows and paths of Lancing Ring under a clear blue cloudless sky in a pleasant 9° C. For the most part the mud was not cloying and there was no standing water. About 25 ramblers made a circuitous journey past the now full dewpond, down the westerly side where we were met by a chilly (9° C) fresh breeze from the south-west. The meadows had been forage harvested. 

On the decaying beech logs the variety of fungi was past its best. 

Sulphur Tuft, 
Hypholoma sp.
Mycena galericulata

The leaf litter showed no clear toadstools poking out, but I did not have time to look as the party moved on. 

Trametes versicolor 
Tubaria furfuracea 

In the meadows there were several clumps of the orange-brown Tubaria furfuracea mushroom. 
Full Report

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18 October 2003

King Alfred's Cakes
Daldinia concentrica
Dried up Sulphur Tuft, Hypholoma fasciculare The normal yellow colour is completely hidden by brown spore deposit (even though the fresh spores are black).
 (ID by Malcolm Storey)

Fungi Database
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Adur Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)

13 October 2003

Honey Fungus (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Honey Fungus, Armillaria mellea, amongst the leaf litter
underneath a Sycamore Tree (ID by Mark Pike)
The main area of this fungus is around the stumps of 
Beech Trees felled in the Great Storm of 1987
Photograph by Ray Hamblett

Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Forum)
Wood Decay Fungi

16 December 2002
It was a misty Lancing Clump in the late afternoon, eerily still and quiet, Ash and Beech wintery trees are festooned with glossy green Ivy, Hedera helix, and twining Old Man's Beard, Clematis vitalba, with the fungi disintegrating and being resorbed into the woodland soil beneath the leaf litter. 
On the way out past the dewpond (TQ 181 065), a flash of yellow and green tail feathers caught my eye. As the large Jackdaw sized bird flew towards the pond I could make out its appearance as a Green Woodpecker. Two species of woodpecker, Green, Picus viridis, and  Spotted, Dendrocopus sp., are known on the clump but not frequently seen. Friends of Lancing Ring

10 November 2002
Lancing Clump was shrouded in a light mist, rain fell in intermittent bursts; the woodland floor covered with fallen leaves, the trees almost bare after the battering of recent gales. The atmosphere was heavy and sombre, the weight of the woodland canopy all around the feet, ready to begin the process of replenishing the soil. The recycling of dead timber was in evidence with the fruiting of several clumps of fungi, including the Jews Ear and the Shaggy and Golden Pholiotas.
Full Report and Photographs

Photograph by Ray Hamblett

This mystery mushroom is Mycena inclina with a slender stem dark red-brown at the base, white above and with a pleasant soapy or sweet smell.

ID by Geoffrey Kibby, Senior Editor, Field Mycology

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