A small group of 4 went out on Cockfield Fell . Rachel , Jill , Val and myself accompanied by Rachel’s
7 yr old daughter Elizabeth , who helpfully found a lot of fungi for us , and their dog Oscar , a well behaved Golden Labrador .
A colourful team of 11 Hygrocybes was found , 1. Ceracea
2.Coccinea 4.Conica 5.Fornicata 3.Colemanniana
7.Mucronella 6.Laeta 8.Psittacina 11.Virginea
There were also clubs , corals , earth tongues and a Scarlet Caterpillarclub . Our best find though was amongst the abundant cystoderma amianthinum , squamanita paradoxa , the Powdercap Strangler ! It takes over its host , using its stipe but replacing the cap and gills with its own .
Jill doing a Fungi Workshop at the Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club collected specimens although there were no rusts today , she couldn’t resist some tempting tiny dung fungi . Rachel gave a tip of how better to preserve fungi for a longer period , wrap them in moss in the fridge . Finally , we all enjoyed Rachel’s delicious apple cake before we departed .