Fungi of Shoreham & District
 2008 - 2021

including the Adur Levels, Mill Hill and the Downs Link Cyclepath to Upper Beeding and Bramber


13 November 2021

                                                                     Milky Conecap
                                                                  Conocybe apala
                                                       Cyclepath verge north of Waterfront


4 January 2020
There were Arthur's Cakes and yellow bracket fungi on tree stumps on Adur Recreation Ground near the Adur Actvities Centre.


23 October 2019

Three different groups of mushrooms at Old Fort, Shoreham Beach

The white mushrooms on the bottom right were all mushy inside but appeared to have white gills and a chunky stem.

22 October 2019

Unidentified fungi
Silver Sands

There were about forty familiar but unidentified mushrooms on Silver Sands above the high tide limit.
I think these mushrooms are Marasmius oreades (not the Dune Brittlestem, Psathyrella ammophila.)

18 October 2019

Dune Waxcap, Hygrocybe conicoides, on the Widewater Nature Reserve
Photograph by Anthony Gammon on World of Widewater (WOW)  facebook

This is one of a small group of Dune Waxcaps on the Widewater flood plain.
Adur Waxcaps

10 October 2019
After a week of inclement weather, there were no butterflies seen in the breeze on a brief visit to Mill Hill. I spotted a dozen or so large mushrooms, including a group of White Dapperling on the middle slopes..

12 June 2019
Pleated Inkcup
Parasola plicatilis (=Coprinus plicatilis)

My front garden, Shoreham, after the rain.

19 March 2019

Fungus on a tree stump
with Lesser Celandine

A large white mass was highly incongruous growing from a dead tree stump at the northern end of Mill Hill Drive, north Shoreham. From a distance it looked more like white paper debris; it was only when I got closer I realised it was a living organism and when identified it will probably be one of the common bracket fungi that grow on dead tree stumps. On closer inspection and it did not look like the normal bracket fungi that is frequently seen on stumps.


2 May 2018

Unusual number of Jew's Ear Fungus,  Auricularia auricula-judae
on a dead tree in the churchyard of St. Mary de Haura in central New Shoreham

11 April 2018
Three Thimble Morel, Verpa conica, mushrooms were the first I have ever seen anywhere amongst some grass below the path on the middle area of the lower slopes of Mill Hill

26 September 2017
This mushroom discovered on the middle slopes of Mill Hill was thought to be a White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, despite the absence of a stem ring.
20 August 2017
On Anchor Bottom I spotted three mushrooms: a small Puff-ball, a damaged Golden Wax Cap, Hygrocybe chlorophana, and a Common Inkcap

Adur Wax Caps

31 July 2017
Large, 65 mm diameter, mushrooms found occasionally on Mill Hill were the White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, with a stem ring.

14 November 2016
Coprinus atramentarius
Near (east of) St.Julian's Church, Shoreham 
30 October 2016
Pleated Inkcup
Parasola plicatilis (=Coprinus plicatilis)

My front garden, Shoreham, after the rain.

21 October 2016
Ivory Funnel Cap

The stem was approx. 30 mm high. 

Buckingham Cutting (south)

16 November 2015

My first large mushroom recorded this winter was one of the Blewits, Lepista sp. It was found on the towpath by Riverside Industrial Estate (north of Ropetackle) right next to the River Adur on a high spring tide. Its size was estimated at 75 mm in diameter with a stem length of about 100 mm. My best guess is the species Lepista sordidaIt was growing on its own with no other fungi nearby.


27 November 2014

It was very muddy when taking these shots on the verges of the cyclepath, near the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham.

20 November 2014
Volvariella gloiocephala
Verges of the cyclepath, south of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. 

Volvopluteus gloiocephalus (DC.) Vizzini, Contu & Justo - Stubble Rosegill


29 October 2013

Wax Cap
Wax Cap on the Pixie Path
Wax Cap

I think this one is most likely the Dune Wax Cap, Hygrocybe conicoides.

7 October 2013

Golden Wax Cap 

Hygrocybe chlorophana

Anchor Bottom

Adur Wax Caps

 Golden Wax Cap 
Golden Wax Cap 
6 October 2013
A small mushroom was found on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. It was thought to be a Stropharia dung species 

Maybe even Stropharia semiglobata

3 October 2013

Two of these mushrooms were seen on the towpath next to the River Adur south of the inlet to Cuckoo's Corner. It might be Bolbitius.
27 September 2013
There were what looked a species of Agaricus mushrooms on the verges of Pond Road in Shoreham on the Library side. They did not look edible. 
26 September 2013


These mushrooms were frequently seen by a path and gravestones in Shoreham Cemetery, Mill Lane. Many of them were 125 mm in diameter and others were slightly larger. The stem of a 75 mm diameter specimen was 40 mm high.

This is likely to be the poisonous Brown Roll Rim Paxillus involutus Poison Pax mushroom. This was my first local record of this mushroom.

ID by Tim Sage on the Mushroom Identification Forum on facebook
Facebook Discussion
I-Spot Entry

Edibility: Deadly Poisonous

Eating notes: The effects of this mushroom are cumulative over time. It might be eaten without any apparent symptoms on several occasions then causes an extreme allergic reaction and haemolytic anaemia. This may be fatal.

Different opinion:

Milk Cup Lactarius.

When know this in the family Russulaceae by the pale gills and shape. We can see it has red staining, which puts it in the genus Lactarius, which secrete a fluid and stain when bruised or cut, hence they "lactate". No mushrooms in the Russulaceae are deadly poisonous, although several of them can make you puke if you eat them. A good way to tell if mushrroms in the Russulaceae are edible or not is to nibble on a piece of the cap, if it is hot and spicy, they will make you sick, if mild, they are edible. Few of them are particularly tasty though.

Comments by Birder 74  on flickr
I think the second opinion is WRONG.

22 September 2013
 Ink Caps
Fairy Ring Mushrooms  ?
Marasmius oreades

The first three were seen on the chalk pasture at Anchor Bottom and the one furthest on the right was seen on the edge of the towpath of the River Adur south of the Cement Works and this was alluvium/clay over chalk. Another clump of this last species was seen on the verge of a car parking area north of the Swiss Gardens lake.
20 March 2013
Jew's Ear Fungus,
Auricularia auricula-judae
near the Waterworks Road 

10 October 2012
I had no intention to visit Mill Hill when I left but a brief spell of sunshine and I made a detour. A cloud obscured the warm rays of the sun when I descended to the lower slopes from the southern end.

 Unidentified Mushroom 
(without a volva)

After the rain of the previous few days, I was not surprised to see both the algae Nostoc Commune and the White Dapperling mushroom on the lower slopes. On the bare patch south of the Reservoir a very large mushroom rose above the dirt. I could not see a volva which ruled out Volvariella gloiocephala. I am not sure what species it is?  There were also small clumps of Stropharia coronilla (probably) nearby.

19 November 2010
Three Bearded Milkcaps, Lactarius pubescens, were again seen under the small Silver Birch trees on the verges of Mill Hill Road in north Shoreham. NB: This species is meant to exude a milky substance when cut, but this did not happen so there is some doubt over the identification.

15 November 2010
Not the expected glut of mushrooms as predicted (on the BBC) after the wet autumn, and amongst the fallen Maple leaves (the footpath connection from the Waterworks Road to the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham) the only fungi showing was one clump of miniature white Clavulina on a stump in the middle of the path, almost covered by the leaf litter.
2 November 2010
These mushrooms were seen on a stump on the lower slopes of Mill Hill

20 September 2010
Several large White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, mushrooms were seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill about to deliquesce.

19 September 2010
One White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, mushroom on the lower slopes of Mill Hill still had its stem ring.

10 September 2010
After the recent rain Honey Fungus is recorded on a wood stump on the Coastal-Downs Link Cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge, about midway between Old Shoreham and the Cement Works.

23 August 2010
In the shade of my north-facing garden (after the rain), just outside my front door (in my garden in residential Shoreham), one inkcap species Coprinus plicatilis appeared as it does in most years.
NB: This was not the first mushroom of the year: the others went unrecorded.
11 December 2009
A clump of Parasol Mushrooms appeared on the eastern edge of Southwick Green. 
6 December 2009
Frequent Bearded Milkcaps, Lactarius pubescens, were again seen under the Silver Birch trees on the verges of Mill Hill Road, north Shoreham. There were larger specimens up an estimated 120 mm disc diameter.

Clumps of the very small white fungus Clavulina grew on a stump underneath the Maple next to the Waterworks Road.

2 December 2009
A single mushroom on the earth verge of Erringham Road (at the top on the east side) looked like a large species of Agaricus, possibly edible. The disc diameter was an estimated 100 mm.
1 December 2009
After rain every day since my last visit to Mill Hill, all the paths were extremely muddy and the rain resulted in frequent large mushrooms with a brown cap and brown speckled white stem (without a ring) with light brown gills. The first specimen had a disc diameter of about 100 mm and a stem length of 65 mm. My tentative identification (based on previous reports) was of the species known as the Big Blue Pinkgill, Entoloma bloxamii. Later I was able to spot over a dozen smaller mushrooms of the same species.
1 December 2009
Two large probable Bearded Milkcap, Lactarius pubescens, mushroom were discovered under a small Silver Birch tree on the Bee Orchid verges of Mill Hill Road, north Shoreham. 
Previous Report 2006
18 November 2009
A single large mushroom found on Shoreham Beach where the shingle was covered by soil was thought to be one of the Agaricus species. It had a stem length of approximately 120 mm and a cap diameter of about 40 mm. Agaricus devoniensis is a possibility ??

In the Maple Copse (that is footpath connection from the Waterworks Road to the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham) there were at least four large Wood Blewit mushrooms, and it looked like many more small ones pushing through the leaf litter.

9 November 2009
I was surprised to spot a Wood Blewit, Lepista nuda, mushroom on the edge of the southern steps leading down to the lower slopes of Mill Hill. It has been recorded on Mill Hill before in 2007. Familiar mushrooms found occasionally on Mill Hill were the White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, with a stem ring, with frequent smaller Stropharia coronilla, mushrooms amongst the rabbit droppings.
The were more small Dune Wax Caps, Hygrocybe conicoides, on the Pixie Path, Old Shoreham, with orange stem and gills and a red cap. 
Wood Blewit
White Dapperling
7 November 2009
The waxcaps of three days previously on the Pixie Path were not seen but at least two very small waxcaps appeared in the very shirt grass and herbs further up the path towards the east. 

These were both smaller and had red stems. It may have been the Scarlet Waxcap Hygrocybe coccinea
This identification is problematical. Odds on it is another Dune Waxcap.

Adur Wax Caps

5 November 2009
Fungi underneath the Lancing Clump included the usual Puff Balls, Shaggy Pholiota, Sulphur Tuft and King Alfred's Cakes. Two large Pholiota were discovered in the mown meadows.
Puff Balls
Shaggy Pholiota
4 November 2009
Two fruiting bodies of the Dune Wax Cap, Hygrocybe conicoides, were spotted on the Pixie Path, Old Shoreham, near the north-west corner of Frampton's Field. The stem in these mushrooms were orange. 
Occasional White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites, were seen above the ridge on Mill Hill with frequent smaller Dung Fungus, Stropharia semiglobata, mushrooms. Honey Fungus was seen on a roadside kerb in Southwick. 
Adur Wax Caps
Dune Wax Cap
29 October 2009

These small mushrooms were frequently seen in the short grass at the top of Chanctonbury Drive (SE of the Mill Hill bridge). This is a species Coprinus plicatilis.

On the Hawthorn stumps on Mill Hill the Honey Fungus was noted. On the steps in the north-western part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve a few Common Ink Caps, Coprinus atramentarius, were present.

23 October 2009
Common Ink Caps 
Coprinus atramentarius
15 October 2009
Several large Bracket Fungi grew on a dead tree in the churchyard of St. Mary de Haura in central New Shoreham. They were about two metres up the tree. 
12 October 2009
After the rain of the preceding few days it was only a surprise that there were not more of the small mushrooms Stropharia on the middle slopes of Mill Hill. Only one was seen. 
12 June 2009
A solitary Snowy Ink Cap was spotted on a cow pat on Anchor Bottom, Upper Beeding.
Mushroom (Ink Cap?) on a cow pat on Anchor Bottom

19 April 2009
Dryad's Saddle
Dryad's Saddle on a log by the path that runs along the south of Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham
Bracket Fungi on a stump in the scrub on Mill Hill

16 November 2008
Common Ink Caps were seen in Kingston Buci. 

16 November 2008
This mushroom was discovered on the edge of the meadow to the north of the upper car park on Mill Hill, believed to be the White Dapperling, Leucoagaricus leucothites. I do not think that the common name is actually used for this frequently encountered species? 


7 November 2008
Small mushrooms amongst Rabbit droppings on Mill Hill, believed to be the Dung Fungus, Stropharia species.

28 October 2008
Mushrooms (a few) on the verges of the Coastal Link Cyclepath north of the Cement Works. These were a largish species, mostly about the size of supermarket standard mushrooms and the one photographed was one third larger than that. The gills were white in the upright specimen. 

12 October 2008
There was a Coprinus plicatilis on the upper part of Mill Hill.
Mushroom Identifier

9 October 2008
The first Ink Caps of the autumn were seen in large clumps totalling over a hundred caps on a new verge created by the realignment of the Coastal Link Cyclepath just north of the Adur Riverbank Industrial Estate.
9 October 2008
Ink Cap Mushrooms
Location: Coastal Link Cyclepath just north of the Adur Riverbank Industrial Estate 
16 September 2008
Parasol Mushroom
Location: Southwick Green

9 September 2008
After four days of rain, a few mushrooms appeared.

Coprinus plicatilis
on Mill Hill, upper
Bolbitius titubans
on the towpath near
Cuckoo's Corner
Stropharia coronilla
(probably) on Mill Hill, upper
Agaric mushrooms in St. Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham

2 September 2008
After the wettest August in my lifetime of over 50 years, Agaric mushrooms appeared in St. Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham.

1 June 2008
Snowy Ink Cap, Coprinus niveus Snowy Ink Cap, Coprinus niveus

After the rain of the last few days, three species of mushroom have appeared, two of them, one a Snowy Ink Cap, Coprinus niveus, on the cow pats still remaining two months after the cattle had been removed from Mill Hill. The mushroom on the far right is probably Stropharia coronilla. This one was discovered on the well trodden (especially by cattle) area immediately to the north-west of the Reservoir with a smaller mushroom of the same species discovered on the Pixie Path.
Chalkhill Fungi

25 April 2008

This small mushroom was discovered on Mill Hill just above the ridge above the steep lower slopes.  I think this was Stropharia coronilla.
Chalkhill Fungi

1 February 2008

A mown McIntyres Field, Lancing contained frequent mushrooms illustrated above. The largest of these mushrooms were estimated at 65 mm cap diameter. The one on the left above was much smaller and is only assumed to be the same species.

1 January 2008

My first mushroom of 2008 was a Blewits, Lepista sp., recorded from the ridge of Mill Hill. I originally identified this as a Field Blewits, Lepista saeva, but this species has no blue on its cap.

I'd go for the rather variable Lepista sordida for both of those, but you really need to measure the spores to be sure. Lepista sordida is the only Lepista which can be completely blue/purple all over, but it can also have hardly any blue at all. It favours disturbed and garden situations (probably slightly raised fertility but overlaps in this with Wood Blewits)
Lepista saeva doesn't have any blue/purple in the cap.
I am sure I remember reading years ago that the traditional English name for these is "a blewits" - one of those words like "a thrips" where the singular ends in "s", but have been unable to trace this.

ID advice by Malcolm Storey (BioImages)
Adur Fungi Reports 2007

Rogers Mushrooms

Fungi (Science Clarified)

Introduction to Fungi
Wild Mushroom Pickers' Code of Conduct
Ectomycorrhizal Fungi
Fungal Reference List

Fungi Images on the Web (Index)
Mycologist's Glossary

Adur Levels

Fungi of Lancing
Fungi of Shoreham
Adur Fruiting Bodies Database
Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group)
Lancing Clump Supplementary
Autumn 2004 Fungi of Mill Hill
Fungi Images on the Web (Index)
Fungi of the Urban Adur Area in November 2004
Adur Wax Caps
Wax Caps Page
Adur Lichens

Link to the Adur Nature Notes 2007 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2008 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pages
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