Thought you might like to see this find from an “intro to fungi” walk i did last weekend at Gosforth park nature reserve. If these things don’t get people interested, nothing will.
A couple of dozen Elaphocordyceps ophioglossoides parasiting Elaphomyces muricatus.
It looks like the E.muricatus is a VC first (distinguished from E. granulatus by thin marbled peridium apparently).
This is a very interesting find and may well indicate that years like this (long warm summer and relatively dry) not only moves the season back but also throws up some rarities. We only have two records for Elaphocordyceps ophioglossoides in VC66, both recorded by the ubiqitous Gordon S. (found by m. Gallimore) E.muricatus throws up two records for VC66 by Cath gillie and Alan Legg. That is all.