Sun 17th Jan 2021Tattenhall Online weather - Patchy rain possiblePatchy rain possible 6°C

The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire

The Sandstone Ridge Reveals its Autumnal Fungal Glories

Home » News » Fungal Fun on The Ridge
fungi on tree
Shaggy Parasol
fly agaruc

It may have threatened rain and the ground beneath may have been pretty saturated but what a fantastic Fungal Foray event was held up on The Sandstone Ridge this weekend.

Hosted by Brian Mellor at the Harthill Cookery School, the ever enthusiastic 'Fungalpunk Dave', together with his wife Gill, guided a group of absolute beginners around Harthill to identify and record the autumnal fungi of The Sandstone Ridge.

The encyclopedic knowledge of our Wigan-born guide is second to none; his love affair of fungi dating back to 2003. Some 16 years later, he has clocked up +300 guided walks.

Quite simply 'Fungi get their food by digesting their surroundings, they are nature's dustbin men/women, and are natural re-cyclers'.

Firm favourites were the lilac-blue 'Wood Blewit', the fleshy pink gills of the 'Deceiver Fungi', the freaky 'Jelly Ear Fungi' (shaped just like an ear) and, of course, the 'Fly Agaric', known for its distinctive bright red appearance with white spots.

Whilst Dave was rattling off the Latin names for a variety of structures, the group were enthusing over the fact that most of what we see above ground level are the 'fruiting bodies' of the species which then release the 'spores'. Everyone who attended is now sufficiently adept in identifying all manner of 'gills', whether they be fine-gills, cross-threaded gills, brittle gills or wide gills, and whether the fungi were 'spore shooters' or 'spore droppers'.

We giggled over 'Shaggy Parasols', 'Crystal Brain Fungi', 'Ugly Milk Cap Fungi' and 'Caps' galore, whether they were 'Milkcaps', 'Tawny Funnel Caps' or 'Butter Caps'.

We spotted 'Crusts' in abundance such as 'Bleeding Oak' or 'Hairy', and as for 'Bonnets', there were many.

'Fungalpunk Dave' has run sessions at The Harthill Cookery School on many occasions and following the afternoon jaunt, we all tumbled back into the Cookery School, where Brian had created a themed and tasty mushroom soup and mushroom risotto for all.

And, for information — at least 50 species were actually recorded in just two hours and next day, after some intensive microscopy, the list was updated to 82 species!

Look out for more fantastic courses at The Harthill Cookery School CLICK HERE.

Contact 'Fungalpunk Dave' direct — or visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

We understand that the next Fungal Foray event will be in September 2020 — keep watching the website for further information.

Click on each image to enlarge.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

@ No 3
@No 3: Sun 17 Jan 6:17am

We are ready to take your order every day from 4 to 9pm ( closed on Sunday )☎️ 01829 770033See our menu on Facebook.Facebook: Atno.3Instagram:...

Alison's Takeaway
Alison's Country Kitchen: Sun 17 Jan 6:17am

Last week ALISONS COUNTRY KITCHEN reopened for takeaways and local produce shopping, they are open on Monday 18 January from 9am to 2pm; please maintain social distancing while waiting for takeaways.Call 01829771330 to pre order or pop in, coffees, breakfasts, lunches, cakes, breads, milk, cheeses, deli produce, quiches, jams, honey, chutneys and homemade meals.keepitlocal #homemade...

Letters Inn
Kim Chinese Restaurant: Sat 16 Jan 6:17am

The Kim Chinese Restaurant at The Letters Inn remains open for takeaway collections. They are open everyday but Tuesday, opening hours are 4:30 — 9:00pm. Telephone orders only. Phone lines open from 3:30pm to take orders.PHONE LINE 01829 771378SCAN THE QR CODE BELOW FOR THE...