We recently held our annual fungal foray and barbecue here at Gibside which as usual was very popular and fully booked. The recent spells of rain led to an increase in the number of fungi appearing following what had till then been a rather slow year. On the day a total of fifty six different species were identified in a range of shapes and colours.
Yellow stagshorn Calocera viscosa
Pink waxcap Hygrocybe calyptriformis
Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius
Amethyst deceiver Laccaria amethystina
Blackening waxcap Hygrocybe conica
Common puffball Lycoperdon perlatum
Fly agaric Amanita muscaria
The foray was followed by a barbecue which included the delicious 'hedgehog fungus' brought in by one of our rangers.