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

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.