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Common Bonnet
Common Bonnet
Hare's Foot Inkcap (Coprinopsis lagopus)
Hare's Foot Inkcap (Coprinopsis lagopus)
Horse Mushrooms
Horse Mushrooms
Scarletina Bolete
Scarletina Bolete
Deer shield (Pluteus cervinus)
Deer shield (Pluteus cervinus)
Chanterelle
Chanterelle
Bracket Fungus
Bracket Fungus
Spiney Puff Ball
Spiney Puff Ball
Stink Horn
Stink Horn
Charcoal Burner (Russula cyanoxantha)
Charcoal Burner (Russula cyanoxantha)
Spindle Shank
Spindle Shank
Twig Parachute
Twig Parachute
Ink Cap
Ink Cap
Brown Birch Bolete
Brown Birch Bolete
Honey fungus (Armillaria)
Honey fungus (Armillaria)
Fools Funnel
Fools Funnel
Dead Molls Fingers
Dead Molls Fingers
Rooting shank (Xerula radicata)
Rooting shank (Xerula radicata)
Dogs Stink Horn
Dogs Stink Horn
Fly Agaric
Fly Agaric
Yellow Field cap
Yellow Field cap
Horse Mushroom
Horse Mushroom
Russula - unknown
Russula - unknown
Wood Blewitt
Wood Blewitt
Field Mushrooms
Field Mushrooms
Orange Peel Fungus
Orange Peel Fungus
Tough shank (Collybia fusipes)
Tough shank (Collybia fusipes)
Wavy Capped Chanterelle
Wavy Capped Chanterelle
Stinking Parasol
Stinking Parasol
Wood Blewitt
Wood Blewitt
Slender Parasol (Macrolepiota mastoidea)
Slender Parasol (Macrolepiota mastoidea)
Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus)
Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus)
Routing Shank
Routing Shank
Oak Bug Milkcap
Oak Bug Milkcap
Bay Bollete (Imleria badia)
Bay Bollete (Imleria badia)
False death cap (Amanita citrina)
False death cap (Amanita citrina)
Fly Agaric
Fly Agaric
Deer shield (Pluteus cervinus)
Deer shield (Pluteus cervinus)
Horse Mushroom
Horse Mushroom
Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Magpie Inkcap
Magpie Inkcap
Birch Bollete (Leccinum scabrum)
Birch Bollete (Leccinum scabrum)
Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
King Alfred's Cakes
King Alfred's Cakes
Stink Horn
Stink Horn
Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)
Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)
Macrolepiota excoriata
Macrolepiota excoriata
Puff Ball
Puff Ball
Yellow stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus)
Yellow stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus)
Milk cap - possibly Lactarius decipens
Milk cap - possibly Lactarius decipens
False Chanterelle
False Chanterelle
Jelly Fungus on Sycamore
Jelly Fungus on Sycamore
Parasitic Bolete (Pseudoboletus parasiticus)
Parasitic Bolete (Pseudoboletus parasiticus)
Russula - unknown
Russula - unknown
Inky Mushroom
Inky Mushroom
Sulphur Tuft
Sulphur Tuft
Ink stain bolete (Cyanoboletus pulverulentus)
Ink stain bolete (Cyanoboletus pulverulentus)
Sulphur Tuft
Sulphur Tuft
Parasitic bolette on a puffball
Parasitic bolette on a puffball
Ink Cap
Ink Cap
Shaggy Parasol
Shaggy Parasol
Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)
Rosey Bonnet
Rosey Bonnet
Glistening Ink Cap
Glistening Ink Cap
Dead man's fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)
Dead man's fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)
Matt bolete (Boletus pruinatus)
Matt bolete (Boletus pruinatus)
Honey Fungus (Armillaria)
Honey Fungus (Armillaria)
Horn of Plenty
Horn of Plenty
Bonnet (probably Mycena alcalina)
Bonnet (probably Mycena alcalina)
Buttercap
Buttercap
Stump Puff Balls
Stump Puff Balls
Beef Steak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica)
Beef Steak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica)
Clouded Funnel
Clouded Funnel
Beef Steak on a chestnut stump
Beef Steak on a chestnut stump
Tawney Funnel
Tawney Funnel
False Chanterelle
False Chanterelle
Magpie Inkcap
Magpie Inkcap
Honey Fungus (Armillaria)
Honey Fungus (Armillaria)
Clustered Dome Cap
Clustered Dome Cap
Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)
Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)
Jelly Fungus
Jelly Fungus
Blusher (Amanita rubescens)
Blusher (Amanita rubescens)
Pestle Puffball
Pestle Puffball
Sulphur Tuft
Sulphur Tuft
Rose gilled agaric
Rose gilled agaric
False blusher (Amanita spissa)
False blusher (Amanita spissa)
Clitocybe
Clitocybe
Redlead Roundhead
Redlead Roundhead
Hen of the woods Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
Hen of the woods Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)
Oyster Fungus
Oyster Fungus
Birch Bollete (Leccinum scabrum)
Birch Bollete (Leccinum scabrum)
Charcoal burner (Russula cyanoxantha)
Charcoal burner (Russula cyanoxantha)
Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)
Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)
Mycena
Mycena
White Crested Coral
White Crested Coral
Terracota hedgehog (Hydnum rufescens)
Terracota hedgehog (Hydnum rufescens)
Peeling Paint Amonita
Peeling Paint Amonita
Jelly ear growing on field maple
Jelly ear growing on field maple

Conifers

We’ve always been lovers of traditional broadleaf woodland.  Most of the conifers we encountered were in plantations, where they’d been planted to produce timber in a short time frame.  Conifer plantations can seem sterile compared to a broadleaf woodland, with the floor devoid of anything other than needles and the odd wood ant colony.  Often trees fall over because they have a shallow root system.  Still, they can be a useful resource for our bushcraft (although we don’t have any in our ancient woodland), and make shelter building straightforward as well as firewood collection easy, but overall, we prefer broadleaf.

After a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum a few years back, and seeing conifers left to grow as they would in the wild, we changed our minds a little about them.  Some of the trees were stunning and looked nothing like their cousins in a plantation, for example the western hemlock was nothing like the ones we were familiar with from plantations such as Clowes Wood.  If you’re into facts and figures, conifers provide the record breakers as far as trees are concerned – the tallest, widest, heaviest, oldest trees are all species of conifer.

You can find loads of photos of our ancient broadleaf woodland, and of our courses, on our Facebook page.