The main field is on a steep slope and partly because of this has been ignored for regular grazing, and never ploughed/fertilized as it is useless for growing cash crops. This is why it is such a species rich area of undeveloped pasture - wild plants/fungi have developed to thrive in such conditions.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Fungus on decayed beech twig
Our resident scientist, Natasha de Vere, examines a tiny fungus discovered on a decayed beech twig. This was on one of the Waxcap Discovery walks in the fields opposite the lakes. We discovered over 18 species of waxcaps and associated fungi, which makes the site nationally, if not internationally, important.