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Why do some toadstools smell?

By Brian Cave - Monday, December 22, 2014

For more than twenty years this toadstool (see top photo)  has avoided my attention.  Yesterday – the day of the winter solstice December 21st I found it.  Dozens of small… Read more…

Slug poo and toadstools

By Brian Cave - Friday, November 8, 2013

         Two common slugs [Arion hortensis above and Arion subfuscus below] sitting on  Lactarius quietus.   This toadstool is a common mycorrhizal associate of the pubescent oak. But it… Read more…

Caesar’s mushroom

By Brian Cave - Saturday, October 12, 2013

Caesar’s Mushroom, l’oronge’ — in Italian l’ovolo -Latin – Amanita caesarea. Under the row of tall pubescent oaks  which mark the boundary of his garden, my friend the General has… Read more…

Red Cage Fungus or Coeur de Sorcière (Sorcerer’s heart)

By Brian Cave - Friday, January 6, 2012

// My wife said “There is something odd in the hedge”.  We were in the car returning from shopping and just turning the corner of the lane to enter our… Read more…

What eats Toadstools?

By Brian Cave - Monday, November 28, 2011

// My thoughts are stimulated with a sight of a caterpillar sitting in the lamellae of a honey fungus.  It looked comfortable and it appeared to be scratching at the… Read more…

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With a life's experience of teaching field studies in the Forest of Dean, Brian Cave explores the ecology of rural France. More Info

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