Fun guys and dolls

There is something in the region of 15000 fungi species in the UK and while they are traditionally thought of as Autumnal, if you look carefully enough you can see fungi throughout the year.

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Dr Roy Perry

Mary Gillham had a passion for everything she could spot whilst out and about however her fungi ID was not as great as her eye for plants and she generally paired up with Dr Roy Perry when recording fungi. Roy, an expert on bryophytes, moths, butteflies and birds (as well as fungi), worked in the botany department at National Museum Cardiff between 1971 and 1998 and joined Mary many times on wildlife excursions.

This Sunday, the 9th of October is UK Fungus Day. Organised by the British Mycological Society there will be events around the UK to raise awareness for the huge diversity of fungi and to celebrate the huge contribution they make to society as a whole!

On the 2nd and 9th of October 1971 Mary and Roy visited Llanwonno woods to record fungi and compiled a list of around 70 species (with a few more ID’d only to genus)! Take a look at the list at the bottom of the page.

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Some of Mary’s notes about the fungi they found at Llanwonno

You don’t need to be a mycologist to take part in UK Fungus Day however, there are loads of events taking place around the UK for you to get involved in and if you are in Southeast Wales the lovely folks from the Glamorgan Fungus Group will be leading a bunch of guided fungi walks at Parc Slip Nature Reserve on Saturday.

And if you can’t make that day the Mary Gillham Project will be pairing up with them on November 6th for a guided fungi walk at the Llwyn Hir and Cwm Lleyshon quarry section of the Coed Cefn pwll du woodland near Draethen!

Roy and Mary’s fungi list from October 1971:

Aleuria aurantia Orange-Peel Fungus
Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette
Amanita phalloides Deathcap
Ascocoryne sarcoides Purple Jellydisc
Boletus Boletus
Calocera viscosa Yellow Stagshorn
Claviceps purpurea Ergot
Clitocybe vibecina Mealy Funnel
Clitopilus prunulus Miller
Coprinellus disseminatus Fairies’ Bonnets
Coprinopsis atramentaria Common Ink-Cap
Coprinopsis lagopus var. lagopus Haresfoot Inkcap
Coprinopsis radiata Coprinopsis radiata
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Inkcap
Coprinus plicatilis Coprinus plicatilis
Corticium Corticium
Cortinarius amoenolens Blueleg Webcap
Cortinarius semisanguineus Surprise Webcap
Cystoderma amianthinum Earthy Powdercap
Dacrymyces deliquescens Dacrymyces deliquescens
Diatrype disciformis Beech Barkspot
Entoloma conferendum var. conferendum Star Pinkgill
Erysiphe Erysiphe
Erysiphe alphitoides Oak Mildew
Exidia recisa Amber Jelly
Fistulina hepatica Beef-Steak Fungus
Gomphidius viscidus Gomphidius viscidus
Gymnopus androsaceus Horsehair Parachute
Gymnopus fuscopurpureus Gymnopus fuscopurpureus
Gymnopus fusipes Spindle Toughshank
Hebeloma Hebeloma
Hebeloma sacchariolens Sweet Poisonpie
Hygrocybe punicea Crimson Wax-Cap
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
Hypholoma lateritium Brick Caps
Hypoxylon fragiforme Beech Woodwart
Inocybe asterospora Star Fibrecap
Inocybe geophylla Inocybe geophylla
Inocybe napipes Bulbous Fibrecap
Laccaria laccata Deceiver
Lactarius rufus Rufous Milk-Cap
Lactarius subdulcis Mild Milkcap
Leotia lubrica Jellybaby
Lepista flaccida Tawny Funnel Cap
Marasmius epiphyllus Leaf Parachute
Marasmius rotula Collared Parachute
Mitrula paludosa Bog Beacon
Mycena acicula Orange Bonnet
Mycena alcalina Mycena alcalina
Mycena galericulata Common Bonnet
Mycena galopus Mycena galopus
Mycena sanguinolenta Bleeding Bonnet
Nectria galligena Nectria galligena
Omphalina Omphalina
Panaeolus acuminatus Dewdrop Mottlegill
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll Rim
Peniophora Peniophora
Phlebia Phlebia
Pholiota aurivella Golden Scalycap
Pholiota squarrosa Shaggy Scalycap
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore
Psathyrella corrugis Red Edge Brittlestem
Psilocybe semilanceata Magic Mushroom
Rhodocollybia maculata Spotted Tough-Shank
Russula aeruginea Green Brittlegill
Russula atropurpurea Blackish-Purple Russula
Russula delica Milk White Brittlegill
Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula
Scleroderma citrinum Earth Ball
Sclerotinia Sclerotinia
Scutellinia scutellata Common Eyelash
Stereum hirsutum Hairy Stereum
Stropharia semiglobata Dung Roundhead
Suillus grevillei Larch Slippery Jack
Trametes versicolor Turkeytail
Typhula setipes Typhula setipes
Xylaria hypoxylon Candlesnuff Fungus

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