Fungi, Spring 1989 - Spring 1990 PDF Print E-mail

Geaster sp.Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - Summer 1990
P. A. Jones

Weather has a marked influence on the fruiting of fungi. The dry spring of this year as well as last year, meant fewer fungi that expected were seen. After a hot dry summer, plenty of rain during the early part of this year might have resulted in an abundance of morels as happened in 1976/77 but the low rainfall in April and May meant the larger fungi were very scarce. The mild and relatively wet winter did encourage fruiting of some fungi much later than usual. At Pembrey Country Park, fresh flushes of Geastrum triplex  (one of the earth stars) were seen through the autumn and until February.

Heavy continuous rain seemed to coincide with the arranged autumn fungus walks. One particularly wet Sunday, 29th October, a brave group ventured into Clyne woods near Swansea. The number of species collected was small with no spectacular finds; the foray at Pembrey Country Park on Sunday 22nd October was also affected by rain but not as badly. A good number attended, as this was a joint meeting with a Dyfed Wildlife Trust section. We started collecting to the east of the visitor centre, had lunch under cover in the centre and forayed to the west of the centre in the afternoon; collecting was reasonably good for the area with Geastrum pectinatum being found within the country park boundary as well as G. triplex.

A fungus walk was held at Gelli Aur Country Park on 8th October and led by Dr. Quentin McGarvie. The weather was fine, there was a good turn out and over fifty species collected. These included a fine large specimen of Aleuria aurantia, the orange-peal fungus and some fine specimens of Amanita inaurata under the avenue of lime trees (Tilia). This amanita is uncommon and in some books given as A. cicilia or A. strangulata.