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

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.