Photographs of Thorpe woodlands, their varied habitats, plantlife and wildlife all taken by friends and supporters. most taken between 2010 and 2013

Monday, 28 November 2011

Flourishing Fungi in Thorpe Woods

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The Thorpe woods gallery now has a new section dedicated to some of the simplest and less obvious plants, the Fungi that form an essential link in the intricate life of the woodland habitat.
The abundance of fungi that's been present this Autumn is evidence of the wealth and heritage of life in the soil of Thorpe Woods. The fungi, many only flowering in the autumn, are ever present in the soil and in the living and fallen trees processing and passing on the essential elements of life to the next generation of plants and trees which in turn support all the life of the woods.
This year, photographers, naturalists and friends of the woods have photographed a growing selection of the fruit of some of these fungi species, and with photographer David Boulton
now adding to the Gallery and fungi expert Tony Leech helping where possible to name those discovered, it should be possible to build up a good partial record.

If you'd like to add to those discovered you might still have time before winter arrives and many die back until next year, Also some fungi do survive the colder weather and others appear in very early spring.

Please note if you go looking for fungi that many species are beautiful but some are seriously poisonous.