With my car now back and I could start getting out and about again to get my nature fix. This morning I decided not to do the patch but to head to the local reserve of Habberley Valley, in the hope of catching a some more of the autumn's fungi before the season is over.
On walking the reserve, t soon became apparent that many of the fungi I had encountered on my previous visit had gone over with only a handful of rather tatty old specimens of Cep, Ochre Brittlegill and Earthball noted.
The most productive area was the wooded slopes on the western side of the reserve. Here I noted a few interesting species of fungi including Hairy Curtain Crust, Peniophora quercina, Purple Jellydisc and Stagshorn.
After spending a while mooching about in the leaf litter I decided to take a walk onto Ridgestone Rock, the highpoint at the North end of the reserve, to take in the views. I took the fairly steep track up along the western edge and after a short walk along the lane dropped back onto the summit of the rock. The views and the autumn colour were rather spectacular.
For the descent I walked down the zig-zag series of steps known locally as Jacob's Ladder (or as my mate Tony once called it Jehovah's Staircase!). On the decent I connected with a Tit flock and was rather pleased to see a Marsh Tit amongst them. Other birds of interest during the walk included 2 Common Buzzards, a ♀ Great-Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jays and a ♀ Sparrowhawk.
The walk back to the car was rather uneventful, although I did hear a Nuthatch calling. Still it was a pleasant walk around a pleasant reserve and a far better way of spending a couple of hours than watching day time TV!
Autumn Colour at Habberley Valley
Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)