Category Fungi

Revisiting fungi at Kidbrooke

Last year we visited Kidbrooke Park in Forest Row with the Sussex Fungus Group. It rained but that didn’t stop us finding an interesting array of species. So this year we had another visit (on 6 November); this time it didn’t rain, and a different group of fungi turned up. Our leader was Nick Aplin, […]

Picture of Bleeding Bonnet (Mycena sanguinolenta)

Sussex Fungus Group at Kidbrooke Park

A week ago was one of the field meetings of the Sussex Fungus Group, led by Nick Aplin. We’d arranged for a visit to Kidbrooke Park, now owned by Michael Hall School in Forest Row, and so a group of us from the Forest Row Natural History Group accompanied the more regular attendees of these […]

Picture of 3rd instar of ladybird, Harmonia

National Garden BioBlitz 2015

The weather on Sunday 31 May wasn’t that great when we headed to Alastair’s garden in Colemans Hatch, though considering that the forecast had been truly awful it turned out better than expected. The garden itself is within Ashdown Forest, has a pond and a (largely covered) stream through the middle of it, so has […]

Picture of the pond near Hartfield

The importance of looking

  Back in March a small group of us cycled along the Forest Way to look at the pond near Hartfield (TQ47163599). It was rather cold and not the most species-rich outing we have had. However, with such meagre pickings we ended up looking very closely at small things growing on the willows. In addition […]

Picture of Silpha atrata

Wildlife at Tablehurst and Emerson: Winter and Early Spring

Since the beginning of the year we’ve been recording any wildlife we see in the kilometre square TQ4335, which is the one that includes the core bit of Tablehurst, plus Emerson as well as a part of the Forest Way and the Medway. It is an interesting way to get more familiar with all the […]

Picture of Gymnopilus junonius (Spectacular Rustgill)

UK Fungus Day

Sunday 12 October was UK Fungus Day, and Iona Fraser had organised a foray based at the Ashdown Forest visitors centre, so it was a perfect opportunity to discover more about this big and important group of organisms. Iona had invited Ted Tuddenham along too, so there was much expertise present. Unfortunately, since it had […]