A Year in the Life: Mushroom Hunting

As we move into October and November one of my favourite things to do is go out mushroom hunting! I love walking through the woods searching among the fallen leaves and trees for carefully hidden mushrooms. Another great thing about this time of year is how good the natural light is for woodland photography. One of my favourite places to go hunting for mushrooms in Lincoln is Hartsholme Country Park, which I have mentioned in a post before. In fact the park actually runs ‘Fungus Foray’ sessions during October, where their local expert guides you around the park, talking and showing you different varieties of fungi. Recently I also visited Lincoln Arboretum, which did have a few good fungi spots!

IMG_3657Mushrooms and Toadstools pocket guide book

Although I am no fungi expert, I do love searching out different types I haven’t seen before using my ‘Mushrooms and Toadstools’ pocket guide book. I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you enjoy woodland walks during Autumn and want to try something new along the way. Naturally I end up taking as many photos as I can! So I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you 🙂

I have attempted to identify a few of the easier to recognise species, but those I wasn’t sure about I have left blank. If you are a fungi expert feel free to let me know what’s what!

Happy Mushroom hunting!

Arboretum - 12th November 2013 - Shaggy Ink CapShaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus) taken at Lincoln Arboretum 

Arboretum - 12th November 2013 011Taken at Lincoln Arboretum 

Hartsholme Country Park 14th September 2013 041Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 - Fly AgaricFly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 - Shaggy Ink CapShaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus) taken at Hartsholme Country Park 

October and November 2013 - The BlusherThe Blusher (Amanita rubescens) taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 082Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 085Clitopilus prunulus taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 091Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 093Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 096Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 098Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 105Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 109Clitopilus prunulus taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 112Clitopilus prunulus taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 114Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 122Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 126Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 131Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

October and November 2013 137Taken at Hartsholme Country Park

A Year in the Life… 

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3 thoughts on “A Year in the Life: Mushroom Hunting

    • Good question! 🙂 Generally there is no scientific difference between a mushroom and a toadstool. Usually an edible fungus is referred to as a mushroom, whereas an inedible one is referred to as a toadstool. However this isn’t set in stone and can vary! Hope this helps 🙂

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